Pool Rummy Online

Rummy is a matching-card game notable for matching cards of the same rank or sequence and same suit. The basic goal of rummy is to build melds which can be either sets or runs. Now, pool rummy is a popular Indian rummy variant that follow a pattern of play that is based on the draw and discard of cards. Pool rummy is the longest format of Indian rummy.

The concept of elimination present in the game makes Pool Rummy an exciting rummy variant to play and enjoy. The maximum points limit is fixed - either 101 points Pool or 201 points Pool. The player who is accumulated score reaches the maximum points level gets eliminated from the game.

Number of Players

Pool rummy is played with 2 players or 6 players. Either 1 or 2 decks of standard 52 cards with printed jokers respectively are used depending on the number players playing the game. There are again 2 variations in Pool rummy – the 101 points and the 201 points. When you play rummy online, the objective of Pool rummy is to push your opponents beyond the 101 or 201 points based on which variations you would have decided upon at the start of the game.

Cards Dealt

Similar to other Indian rummy games, a standard deck of 52 cards is used for the game that includes one printed joker. Depending on the number of the players, one or two decks is used. Each player is dealt with 13 cards at the start of the game.


With the cards dealt, each player has to meld the 13 cards into valid sets and sequences by drawing and discarding the cards on their turn. To win a game at Pool Rummy, a player has to meld at least two sequences of which one of them should be a pure sequence. The objective of the game is to meld the cards and sustain in the game without scoring either 101 or 201 pool points depending what has pool point has been chosen.

There are no doubts about rummy being a favourite among card game lovers across the world. In India, rummy is synonymous with card games. Online rummy has been a game changer of late. The availability of 13 card rummy variants such as Points, Pool and Deals rummy with several interesting and lucrative offers, promotions and rewards, has rendered a celebration time for rummy revelers to enjoy the game up to the hilt.

With Pool rummy, you push your opponents beyond the stipulated points chosen at the beginning of the game. The game continues until all players cross the stipulated points except one player who is declared the winner.


All the cards in the deck along with the printed jokers are used for the game. Pool rummy can be played either with the printed jokers alone or by picking a wild card joker in addition to the printed jokers.

At the start of the game, 13 cards are dealt with each player while a wild joker is randomly picked initially. One card is placed face up forming the open deck, and the remaining cards are placed face down forming the closed deck. With every turn, each player picks a card and discards one to the open deck. The players have to meld the cards in their hand into valid sets and sequences in addition to the mandatory two sequences as prescribed in the game for winning.

Sets and Sequences

Rule 1: You have to meld minimum 2 sequences with one sequence being a pure sequence and the second sequence being an impure sequence. In online rummy, if you do not use jokers in melding a sequence, then such sequence is called a pure sequence.

Rule 2: You could meld the second sequence with or without the use of jokers.

Rule 3: You could meld the remaining cards into sets and sequences.

Drop Situation

Initial Drop: Drops are available in rummy online. In Pool rummy, if the cards dealt at the beginning are incompatible to form sets and sequences, then you could go for an initial drop which would fetch you very minimal points.

Middle Drop: In case the cards continue to be unfavorable to meld sequences and sets you could opt for a middle drop and the points penalized would be slightly more than the initial drop.

Points Calculation and the Winner

Pool rummy is a series of games where all the players are pushed to either 101 or 201 points limits. All the face cards carry 10 points and the remaining according to their values. If you are successful in melding the cards your score will be zero and if you fail it will be based on the cards you hold. The player who does not cross the 101 or 201 points is declared the winner. The values of the cards are given below:

Face cards: K, Q, J, A - 10 points each

Numbered cards: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - Same as their face values

Jokers (printed or wild): Zero points

The following simple formula is used to calculate the winning amount in Pool Rummy:

Winning Amount = (Entry Fee x Number of Players) - Fee

For example, if Rs. 50 is the entry fee in a Pool Rummy game of 6 players, the prize pool is Rs. 300. The winner will win the Pool Prize of Rs. 300 and the amount will be credited to the winner’s account after deduction of the Fees.

Losing Players’ Score

Here is the point calculation for losing players:

• If a player has created two sequences, including a pure sequence, only the points of the ungrouped cards will be added up.

• If a player declares without any sequence, the points of all the cards will be added up.

• If a player makes an invalid declaration, the penalty points will be 80.

• If a player misses three consecutive turns, they will be automatically dropped out of the game, with a penalty of 40 points in 101 Pool and 50 points in 201 Pool.

Maximum Score of a Player: In Pool Rummy, a player gets eliminated when they reach the maximum score limit of 101 points (in 101 pool) or 201 points (in 201 pool).

Legal Status

Rummy has been declared by the courts of law to be a game of skill. Hence, it is excluded from the applicability of laws prohibiting betting and gambling in all states to the exception of a few. However, the states of Assam and Orissa have not provided clear rulings and are thus ambiguous territories. Playing rummy online is also legal in India.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I win real money in a Pool Rummy game?

Yes, you can win real money by playing Pool Rummy games. Just join a cash game of your choice by paying an entry fee. Once done, the game will start - you can showcase your skills and win real money as a prize.

2. Can I rejoin a game after getting eliminated?

Yes, you can rejoin a game after getting eliminated from the game. But you can rejoin only when the highest score of the players who are not eliminated is:

• Less than or equal to 79 points in 101 pool

• Less than or equal to 174 points in 201 pool

Please note that you can rejoin only before the next deal begins.

3. How many times can I rejoin a game?

You can rejoin a Pool Rummy game as many times as you want. But make sure to have enough balance in your account as there is an entry fee for rejoining a game.

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