Looking for some family friendly card games? Check out this simple guide to the classic card game and how to play Rummy 500.
Number of players:
2 to 8 players
Objective of Rummy 500:
Create set of at least 3 cards of the same number/rank or groups of the same suit consecutively (For example – 3 Queens, or a group of 10 of hearts, Jack of hearts and Queen of hearts.
How to play Rummy 500:
In the beginning, each player is dealt any odd number of cards. This is the dealer’s choice. 7-13 cards is ideal, but the game gets particularly interesting the more or less cards that are dealt. The remaining cards are placed face down on one side of the table in a pile. With one card being left face up beside that pile. We’ll refer to that pile as the discard pile.
- The first player draws a card from one of the piles – the face down pile or the discard pile. If there is more than one card in the discard pile, the player can take one or more cards from this pile, starting with the card below, which can be joined or added.
- With each turn, the player must both draw a card and place a card into the discard pile.
- After drawing a card, the player can place a set of cards on the table to earn points if they have completed a set of 3.
- Additionally, a player can add a card to a group or set of cards that another player has placed on the table.
- The player must dispose of a card in the discard pile. Cards drawn from the current turn cannot be discarded until the next turn.
Note: if a player takes a group of cards from the discard pile, the player MUST use the bottom card that was picked up to complete a set during the same turn. If the last card cannot be added to a set or group, it cannot be taken from the pile.
When the first player discards of their final card, the game is over. Each player must then sum up the value of the card that remain in their hands. Players who still have cards in their hand must subtract the total of what’s in their hand from what’s on the table.
Point Value for each card in Rummy 500
Ace -15 points
Ten, Jack, Queen, King – 10 points.
Cards 2 to 9 are respectively worth 2 to 9 points.
The game continues until someone reaches a total of 500 points.
Here’s a great video tutorial for how to play Rummy 500 as well: