Following are some really useful tips that you can implement while playing in an Online Rummy Tournament or a Rummy Practice Game. These tips can sometimes work as strategies that can help you to beat your opponent.
In rummy, planning your strategy starts with how you arrange your cards, and what type of hand you have, rather than picking up the first card. The sooner you realize this, the better it is. Also, understand the strategic value of different cards in the deck. For example, middle cards can be more valuable than low or high point cards. A '5' is strategically more valuable than an 'Ace' since it can be used in more combinations. For e.g. an 'Ace' can only make a run with 2-3 or Q-K while a '5' can make a run with 3-4, 4-6 or 6-7.
While positioning your cards in the beginning of a rummy game, follow this structure:
1. The possible melds.
2. The likely combinations (2 or 3 cards of the same suit in sequence).
3. The unmatched cards according to suits.
You should group your two-way combinations in a way which is cleary visible to you so that you can make the right choices.
There are many ways to use the Joker/s in a Rummy game. So, if you have one, think about different ways to use it. Also, in rummy you can use your Joker/s to make one or more non-pure sequence as well.
In a rummy game, it is very important to keep a watchful eye on the cards that your opponent is picking and not picking. This way you won't discard the card/s that your opponent is looking for. For example, while playing rummy, think twice, before discarding '3 of Spades' if your opponent picked a nearby card i.e. 2 or 4 of spades because chances are that your opponent will pick it. But if your opponent has discarded a card near to 3 of spades then there are less chances of him picking your discarded card.
While playing rummy, always try to ensure that with your every move you lessen your total points by discarding the cards with higher points first. Having said that, you should not discard a card just because it is a high point card but you should also check whether your discarded card could be required by your opponent, if so, choose a different card. Doing this can increase your chances of winning the Rummy game.