The game of Rummy is not a one-dimensional game, it comes with varieties. This is precisely the reason as to why no one gets bored playing it. Though there are several kinds of Rummy played all over the world, no other type of Rummy comes even close in terms of popularity when compared to Indian Rummy and Gin Rummy. Yes, the objective remains the same in any kind of Rummy. Forming sequences or sets is a regular feature in all kinds of Rummy games and so is the case with Indian rummy and Gin Rummy too. You can play Pool Rummy or Points Rummy in Indian rummy 13 cards game. Having said that, there are way too many differences that exist between Gin Rummy and Indian Rummy. Let us see them one by one.
Number of cards:
The Indian Rummy, as we all know, is popularly called a 13 card Rummy due to the number of cards every player holds in order to form sequences and sets. But in case of Gin Rummy, a player carries only 10 cards with him throughout the game.
Objective of the game:
The primary objective is yes – forming sequences and sets in both type of Rummy but still there is a small difference between the two. An Indian Rummy demands forming at least two sequences one of which must be a pure one for a confirmed show. The remaining cards can be formed as sets or sequences. Here a sequence is nothing but forming of consecutive cards of the same suit and a set is cards with same face value of different suit. You can read my previous post about how to play rummy game in Indian style. However, the Gin Rummy does not recognise a set or sequence. In Gin Rummy, both are treated equally.
The Indian Rummy comes up with a deck of 53 cards, one of which being a printed joker. In addition to it, one random card is picked up to play the role of a joker which can act as a substitute for any card while forming sequences and sets. In Gin Rummy, there is no concept called a joker or a wild card.
Declaration or show:
In the Indian Rummy, when the cards are grouped into sequences / sets as per the objective of the game, the player is required to make a show. In other words, he must submit the cards as a process of declaration. Up to this both Gin and Indian Rummy may look alike. In Gin Rummy too a player makes a show when the ten cards that he has is made into sequences and sets. However, the Gin Rummy carries a unique concept called knocking which is not there in Indian Rummy. So, what is knocking?
When a player is seen holding cards that are of less than ten points, he can knock. In such a case, if his opponent has more points than him, the latter who has already done knocking wins it. But after knocking, if his opponent has lesser points than him, then 25 points are deducted as a penalty to him.
Ace card’s role:
In Indian Rummy an ace card plays the role of both first and fourteenth card, carrying 10 points. In Gin Rummy, an ace card has no two roles and carries only one point.