It is well known that card games are among the most popular forms of entertainment and recreation across cultures around the world, with there being anywhere between one thousand and ten thousand games that can be played with cards. Needless to say, cards are an extremely versatile medium and their appeal is universal. Not only have card games been popular among the soldiers who fought during the First World War, they have grown to become pastimes and even a go-to activity at various informal social gatherings today.
Even in India, one would not be hard pressed to find people in cities and villages playing card games. Street corners, local trains, parks and virtually any informal gathering places are where one can see card games underway in full swing. Rummy is one of the more popular card games that is well loved not just in India, but across the world as well!
So popular is rummy that across countries and cultures there are several local and regional versions of the game too. This is due to the fact that the game is easy to play and has a fairly straightforward set of rules. Regardless of there being several variations of the game in different parts of the world, all of them follow the same basic format. In rummy, players need to create similar groupings or combinations of cards – which are called ‘melds’ – through the classic process of picking up and discarding cards. This article in Mint talks about the popularity of rummy in India as well as some interesting facts about the game.
The technology boom in recent years, coupled with the rapid development of internet services across India, especially deep in the country’s rural areas, has made it possible for anyone – literally anyone – to play this iconic card game from the comfort of one’s own home. Thanks to the easy access to affordable and high speed internet, an increasing number of people are taking to playing rummy on their mobile phones. All you need to do is download an app, and you can play rummy now! The biggest advantage is, you can play anywhere and at any time!
However, one needs to keep in mind that rummy is a game of skill and not a game of chance. In other words, it is not like gambling in a casino. Being a good rummy player requires intelligence, concentration and a lot of practice, and just like in any other games of skill, mastery over the game of rummy won’t come overnight.
There are various different types of rummy that are played, such as 500 Rummy, Gin Rummy, Points Rummy, Deal Rummy and Pool Rummy, among others. By playing the various types of the game, you can become more adept and skilled.
If you are someone who already has some experience playing rummy online, you would be familiar with the wait time that comes with the game, especially in a two-player table. It may get annoying having to wait for your turn, but that is, after all, how games work.
However, the good news is that if you play rummy on a mobile app, you will be able to avail of a ‘Multi-Table’ feature. What this means is, you can simultaneously have more rummy games ongoing and play in the others while waiting for your turn. This feature helps to reduce the total waiting time while also letting players enjoy faster rummy games. It also helps you increase your chances of winning as there are a larger number of games you will be able to play. But this can only happen if you strategise!
In this blog, we take you through some of the methods you can use to enhance your multi-table skills in online rummy games:
- Try one additional table at a time
If you are just starting out, it would be wiser to start playing only one additional table at a time. Grasping the basics of how the game is played is extremely important, and equally so is getting a good amount of practice so that your rummy playing skills are sharpened. This tip is also applicable for experts of the game as well. Get accustomed to playing two tables at a time before gradually increasing the number of tables you play simultaneously. It is advisable that you do not play several tables right at the beginning because that may not turn out favourably.
- Keep practicing and learning
As mentioned previously, rummy is a game of skill, and practice is highly essential. In rummy, you need to keep practicing, learning and evaluating the situation in each game as every opponent will have a different strategy. It goes without saying that when you play multiple tables, you have a lot more to deal with. Only with more practice will you develop the comfort and confidence of playing multiple tables at the same time.
- Be consistent in your style of playing
In card games like rummy where strategising effectively is key to winning the game, consistency in your style of playing is important. It is strongly recommended that you employ only one or two strategies – the ones which you are the most comfortable with – while playing multi-table games as exploring and employing a combination of different strategies will increase your chances of ruining your performance at the games. Multi-table games are not the best place to experiment with different strategies, so it is best that you stick with what you know and what you are sure will work.
- Try to avoid playing different rummy variants at the same time
As you would already be familiar, there are different variants of rummy that one can play. If you are someone who enjoys playing the different types of rummy, this is a point you need to pay special attention to. When playing multi-table games, it is strongly discouraged that you play different rummy variants at different tables. Let’s say you are playing Points Rummy at one table and Deals Rummy at another table. It will become confusing and challenging for you to effectively focus on either variant, leave alone both as both require different strategies. So, our advice is, pick one variant and stick to it for best results!
Now that you are armed with these handy – but extremely helpful – tips, you can take the plunge into the world of multi-table rummy. One thing is for sure, playing multi-table rummy is bound to make your experience with the game a whole lot more exciting!