Liverpool Rummy

August 20, 2011 by Dan Brown in Rummy

Let’s take a look at an American version of rummy. The one we are talking about is Liverpool rummy. For many people this is like any other type of rummy, but for us this game has things in it that made someone to add a whole new name to the game.

It is said that basically Liverpool rummy is like contract rummy. The difference is in cutting. This means that a player can cut the cards. If the cards are cut in a way that there are equivalent cards to the number of cards that are needed to deal and a face-up card also remains, the player who cuts is got rid of 50 points from the score.

Otherwise the game remains the same as contract rummy. It is played by 2 to 5 players by three decks. Jokers and 2s are also used as wildcards. There are some restrictions, however, because a run or set has to contain at least two normal cards. This, of course, makes players pay more attention. This way the wildcards are used more carefully and with more attention.

Players will play in a way that is best for wild cards. This means that wild cards are best used in sets and runs that value more. For example if a player has a run of 3,4,5 a wild card will be kept for a better hand, especially if the player has better cards in hands. Of course, this run can also be extended, but that requires further cards. Since the game is played with three decks, there are enough combination of cards that can get in a players hand. This means that it is better to wait for some more rounds until using a wild card. If there is no other option, than the wild card can be used in the set or run already melded.

Even Liverpool rummy has some variants. One is Florida rummy that is similar with few differences. I buy sausages is also a variant, but here are some major differences. The game is played the same, but fewer cards are dealt. This means that players get only six cards each in the first deal and one more in every deal. The game ends at the 8th hand where a player gets 13 cards. “Me” is also a variant, where players have to tell “me”. Whoever told faster gets a card from the discard pile with some penalty. This can be a good strategy only if a player knows the last card of the discard pile and that card can bring more points than the penalty that was needed to get the card.

Like in many games, there are no major differences between this variant and any other. For a starter player these many variants can be only confusing, but the players who play a lot know, that these small differences alter the game and that will need a whole different style to play. This is why rummy is so diverse.


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