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Rummyclub: Instructions

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Rummy Club is a board game from the Orient, where it is known as Okey. The game is for 2 to 4 players. It is played with a total of 106 stones, which come in four colours (red, green, yellow and black) and are numbered from 1 to 13. In addition there are 2 Jokers. Each player begins with 14 stones. The direction of play is anti-clockwise.

The aim of the game is to build groups and sequences on the game board. Players may only begin laying stones once they have sensefully grouped all of their stones (plus one stone they wish to discard) on their board. A group consists of at least 3 stones with the same number, e.g.: three 5s or four 12s. The stones in a group, however, must all be a different colour. A sequence is a row of ascending like-coloured stones, e.g.: Red 8, Red 9, Red 10. The 1 can be laid at either end of a sequence, e.g.: ‘1, 2, 3’ or ‘12, 13, 1’. A sequence of ‘13, 1, 2’ is not possible.

A new stone must be taken at the start of each turn. The player can take the new stone from one of the 2-4 discard piles (depending on the number of players) or from the stack in the middle.

If a player has placed all but one of his/her stones in groups or sequences, and therefore covered the board, the player wins the round. If not, a stone must be discarded and the next player may take his/her turn. The game ends as a draw once all of the stones have been taken from the covered stack in the middle.

There are two ways to finish the round with double points:

  • the last piece remaining after completing the board is a Joker
  • instead of groups and sequences, the player collects pairs and ends the game with 7 pairs. A pair consists of two identical stones, e.g.: two Red 3s.