RUMMY 500

Players: 2-8

Goal: The first player to reach 500 points win

Rules:

  • The game play is similar to Rummy, but the scoring in Rummy 500 is quite different. You may also use Jokers as wild cards representing any card in a run or set, Jokers are often used in this game as wild cards that can represent any card in a run or set.

  • In a two-player game, each player is dealt 13 cards. Otherwise the players are dealt 7 cards each. If you are playing with more than four players, use two decks of ConvoCards.

  • The dealer places the remaining cards face-down, creating the stockpile, and turns the top card face-up and places it next to the stockpile, creating the discard pile.

  • The play goes around the table starting with the player to the left of the dealer.

  • A player has three options for drawing each turn:

  1. Take one card from the face-up discard pile.

  2. Take one card from the face-down stockpile.

  3. Take any one previously discarded card from the middle of the discard pile. A player who does this must also take all cards on top of the desired card, and the player must play a run or set immediately with the chosen card.

  • Players add the card (or cards) to their hands while and discarding another. A player may not draw and discard the same card in the same turn.

  • Players try to meld "runs" and "sets" in their hands to score points. A run is a sequence of at least 3 consecutive cards in the same suit (10♣, J♣, Q♣). A set is a group of at least 3 cards of the same number (5♥, 5♣, 5♦). Once assembled, melds are placed face-up on the table. Players can also score points by laying off cards on sets and runs already on the table.

  • The game continues until a player is without cards. No more cards can then be melded. Each player's melded cards are added up as points. Points are determined by the face value of each card. Aces are worth 1 point, J, Q and King are worth 10, and Jokers are worth 15. The cards remaining in players hands are tallied and subtracted from their point total. It is possible for a player to score a negative point total.

  • The first player to reach 500 points wins the game.

  • When a player wins a round, the player with the least number of cards remaining may ask one of the questions on the cards still remaining. The victorious player must answer the question.