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Play Rummy? What for? Many people all over the world have experience playing rummy or at least one types of card games. People play rummy for many purposes - just for fun, to show their skill among friends, or may be people play rummy for money! The nature of rummy games which usually is played in groups makes rummy be among the top game especially among children.

Before we discuss more about this new rummy game, lets have a look at a glance about rummy. Or, if you would like to know what MyRummy is offer, skip this and read about Rummy for specific learning objectives.


Rummy card

Rummy is a generic term for card games. It is perhaps more satisfactory to describe these as matching card games.

A card game is any game using playing cards, either traditional or game-specific. Rummy games first appeared in the early twentieth century. There are many variations of rummy. Rum 500 or Gin Rummy is one of them.

Why called 'Rummy'?

Where did the name "Rummy" come from? No one knows for sure, although there are a few theories:

  • "Rum" is British slang for "odd" or "peculiar" or "queer" - perhaps their first reaction on learning the particular mechanics of the new game.

  • There is a game called "Rum Poker" that bears a strong resemblance to Rummy, and indeed is believed by some to be the antecedent for the entire family of Rummy games.

  • Some have suggested that the game was originally played for rum (the alcoholic drink), with the loser of a hand buying the next round.

  • An early rulebook spelled it as "Rhum" or "Rhummy", suggesting a European derivation ("rhum" is a word used in may French-speaking locales).

  • The name may be based on the words "rumbullion" or "rumbustion", meaning "a great tumult or uproar".

  • The Dutch word "roemer" (pronounced "rummer"), a drinking glass used by Dutch sailors, may be the origin of the word "rum" (the drink).

David Parlett has an amusing quote regarding the subject of the origins of the word "Rummy", and it's possible relation to the drink "rum":

...The origins of Rummy would therefore appear to be lost not so much in the mists of time as in the alcoholic haze of history...   - David Parlett

Gin Rummy is a very popular rummy game. To know more about the game, please refer to

Basic Rummy

Usually, the rummy game is played with two to four players but up to six can take part.  The rules of playing rummy are either a fixed number of deals, or the game is played to a target score. The number of deals or the target score needs to be agreed before.

How about Rummy for children?

There are many rummy game for children ages 5 and up such as Sesame Street rummy game for kids and is for 2-4 players. The game board has four Sesame Street characters with numbers 1-6. The idea of the game is to be the player with the most set tokens once the game board is filled. But this game is just for introductory of rummy game for children. It's just for fun but not meaningful enough.

Rummy for specific learning objectives.

Now, there is one game-card called MyRummy. This game is for children ages 7 to 9 year old. Pre-K children also could have this game, no problem. As long as he knows about numbers and basic number operations such as add and subtract, he can play this rummy game. MyRummy isa game for children and you - the mentor!

MyRummy teach children about numbers. If you have children which have lack of number sense, try this game freely buy downloading Free_MyRummy_mathgame  from MyRummy also a good game for slow learner children in mathematics. If your children lack understanding of count on and count back as well as other mathematic operations, use MyRummy to teach them about basic mathematic operations from simple to complex.

MyRummy needs children to read numbers, say it loudly like this "Six is my number". Then, he needs to read a question for the rest of his group member. "This is not single player game?" Yes, this rummy game best played with six players. 

MyRummy is an educational rummy game for mathematics, best played with six players. Almost all card games give a chance to the players to win. But, My Rummy is totally different. It looks for most responsive player!

The Arrangement of Players

When a card game is played, the players arrange themselves in a circle around a horizontal surface on which the cards will be played.

As for My Rummy card game, the players face inwards, and are approximately evenly spaced (so that they cannot see each other's cards).

Player of My Rummy

Playing MyRummy with six players

The Pack or Deck

A card game is played with a pack of cards intended for that game. The pack consists of a fixed number of pieces of card known as cards. The cards in a pack are identical in size and shape.

A pack of MyRummy consists of 6 cards. Each card has two sides, the face and the back. The backs of the cards in a pack are indistinguishable. The faces of the cards in a pack may all be unique, or may include duplicates, depending on the game. In either case, any card is readily identifiable by its face.

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My Rummy - The face and the back.

The Deal

The common deal in rummy card games:

The first dealer is chosen randomly, and the turn to deal alternates if there are two players, and rotates clockwise if there are more than two. When the deal is complete, all players pick up their cards and hold them in such a way that the faces can be seen by the holder of the cards but not the other players.

MyRummy follows the same rules of game for choosing the children who start the game. We don't know, who is the second player, however. Its depend on the question and answer of mathematic sentences which was previously being read by the first player. For example, the question is "What is the number if we count on 2 counts from six?" This mean, children who hold the answer will be next player. The answer is ' add 2 to six equals to 8'. The number-eight card's holder should response and be the next player.

This is how MyRummy game card is played. Children will learn about numbers, read the numbers and counting using mental calculation techniques. No paper is allowed to help in counting. In this game, children need to decide whether his answer is correct or not. From this, children learn about decision makings. It's good for you to try this rummy game which designed specifically for children. Don't miss out to download it for free. MyRummy makes mathematics learning fun, meaningful, challenging and useful.



Other Information of Rummy

The History of Rummy

There is some disagreement as to the origins of Rummy, and there are several theories as to how the game came to be:
Conquian Origin Theory

One of the earliest games in the Rummy family was Conquian (Spanish con quien for with whom), which some sources say originated in Spain4 (perhaps hundred of years ago) and was exported to Mexico, and whom others insist was developed in Mexico in the mid-1800's3. In either case, the game crossed over into Texas and the American Southwest in the late 19th century. The first American references to the game called it "Cooncan" (also variously known as "Coon Can", "Coon-Can", "Coon-King", or "Conkin").

At some point the game made its was to England, where it was called "Rum" ("rum" being English slang for "odd" or "queer"). The name then made it back across the Atlantic, where it became "Rummy".

(Another related theory, espoused by John Scarne5, was that Cooncan was the original version of the game, having been created in the American south, and subsequently exported to Mexico, where it was dubbed Conquian, not because it meant "with whom", but simply because the Spanish words "con quien" were the closest approximation to the sound of "coon can".)

Poker Origin Theory


This theory holds that Rummy evolved from Poker, which originated with French settlers in the New World. Poker and Rummy do have certain similarities in how cards are combined, both sharing the concepts of sequences (straights in Poker) and groups (three-of-a-kind, or example, in Poker). Specifically, Rummy developed from a game called "Whiskey Poker", which later became known as "Rum Poker", and later just "Rum" and then "Rummy"5.

Chinese Origin Theory


There is a Chinese card game called "Khanhoo", and another known as "Kon Khin", which were first reported in the late 1800's, and which contain the distinctly Rummy (and Poker) characteristic of creating combinations (sequences and groups) of cards. Many Chinese domino games are also built on this mechanism, as is the Chinese game of Mah Jongg.


So which theory is correct? Well, for the reference cited below, Foster and Steig support the Conquian theory (as do most older rule books), Scarne holds with the Poker theory, while Parlett considers the Chinese origin to be most likely. Sierra takes no position on the question. So this is likely one of those questions for which there is no definitive answer.



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