Dealing with high cards is one of the challenges that a player of Indian online Rummy faces quite frequently. Unlike other card games, holding cards with high values is a bane as far as Indian Rummy is concerned. You are burdened with high value points when your opponents declare the game. Carrying heavy points can drastically affect your progress in the successive deals. Ace, King, Queen and Jack are the high value cards and the danger possessed by holding them can be thwarted/dealt as follows. If you are new to online rummy you can read my previous post about “how to play rummy game“.
Shed high value cards:
As holding of high value cards can prove fateful for a Rummy player, it is better to get rid of them immediately in successive moves unless you feel it imperative to hold one. Normally high value cards are not used to form a pure sequence. So, what is the need to hold them? By discarding high value cards, each carrying 10 points, your chances of staying in the game increases as opposed to holding them for long. So, discarding high cards is the golden rule any expert Rummy player is expected to follow.
Foxing your opponents:
On the contrary to the golden rule, if your opponent picks up a high value card from the open deck, you can take it for granted that he has already formed a sequence / set because under no ordinary circumstances does a regular Rummy player is known to pick up a high value card burdening himself. If your opponent picks up a high card say a K♠, it means he is in the process of completing a sequence involving Q♠ J♠ and A♠. Under such a scenario where your opponent looks like fallen into a decisive trap, starve him of cards close to K♠. This smart move of yours would reduce his chances of winning as he would be chasing for high cards in futility.
As every player is aware of the importance of discarding high value cards, you can in fact outsmart your opponents by doing a role opposite to it. So instead of discarding high value cards, keep them under your possession for two to three rounds. When you do that, there is a high possibility of your opponent discarding a high value card which may match the face value of the cards that you hold. Thus, by reversing the golden rule trick, you can actually trick the opponents to dance to your tunes.