How to Play Gin Rummy: Card Games : The Object of Gin Rummy

Hi, this is Gary Zyer for Expert Village.
Now that we’ve dealt a hand, let’s discuss what the object of the game is. What’s the
object of the game Gin Rummy? The object is to collect a hand where most or all of the
cards can be melded into sets or runs, and the point value of the remaining unmatched
cards is low. What is a run and what is a set? A run, or sequence, consists of three
or more cards of the same suite in consecutive order. Such as the three, four, five, and
six of hearts, or the Ace, two, three of clubs. A set, or group, is three or four cards of
the same rank. Such as four Queens or three sevens. The card can belong to only one combination
at a time. You can’t use a card to be both part of a set of equal cards AND a sequence
of consecutive cards. In this case, if you want to use the seven of hearts to join in
on this meld, then you would be breaking up the meld of the three sevens. And, therefore,
these two sevens wouldn’t be worth anything. They’d be considered unmatched cards. Standard
Gin Rummy rules play that the Ace is low. Therefore, Ace, two, three would be a good
meld. But, Queen, King, Ace would not. Let’s take a look at some examples of some winning
hands in Gin Rummy. This would be considered a winning hand: four Queens, three fours,
and a series Ace, two, three of diamonds. This would be an example of another winning
hand in Gin Rummy. We have a series Jack, Queen, King; another series five, six, seven,
eight of clubs; and a group of three sixes. Because each hand consists of ten cards, in
order to get a winning Gin hand, you will need to form three melds. That would make
two melds of three cards, and one meld of four cards.

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