Friday, March 27, 2009

Rummy 5000: How to Play

Friday, March 27, 2009

Basic Card DeckI've focused on video games lately. So, as some commenters' requested, here is some tabletop fun. How to play my favorite card game: Rummy 5000. The next post will explain Rummies, some special situations, and my "house rules" to handle them.

You Need

  • Basic 52 card deck
  • 2 or more people
  • pen and paper for scoring

Main Objective

Reach 5000 points

Before Playing

Cut the cards to see who deals first. Aces are high.


The dealer, wild card, and amount of cards dealt changes each hand.
  • Deal the first person to the left one card face up.
  • Deal the amount of cards (face down) shown on the face up card. For cards 2-10 deal the number on the card. Deal 10 for face cards; 15 for Aces.
  • Repeat for each person.
  • After the dealer has his cards, the dealer gives himself one more card, face up.
  • This face up card determines the wild card for this round.
  • Set the remaining cards in a face down stack.
  • Flip over the top card (face up) beside the stack. This begins the discard pile.

Each Turn

  • The first person to dealer's left goes first.
  • Each turn, you may either draw a card from the stack or pick up a card (or cards) from the discard pile. *You may pick up the top card from the discard pile and add it to your hand. If you pick up cards farther down the pile, you must play the first card you pick up immediately.
  • Lay down your runs or sets. Runs have 3 or more cards of the same suit in consecutive order. Sets are 3 or more cards of the same number (or rank)
  • Play on other player's runs or sets. *You play these in your area, and count them as your points.
  • Discard one card to the discard pile.

Ending the Hand

  • Play until a person is out of cards at the end of their turn. *This includes the discard phase. If a person runs out of cards, but has not discarded, the hand continues. This person is now floating.
  • The first person to go out gets all the cards left in the other players' hands.


Count all the cards you played during the hand. If you "went out," also count the cards given to you by other players.
  • Wild card = 200pts
  • Ace = 100pts
  • 2-7 = 5pts
  • 8-K = 10pts


Nathan said...

Sounds like fun. I will have to try this game out some time. My favorite card game is Cribbage. I don't know many players here in NM, but it is very popular in Minnesota, where my father is from. Anyway, cool post, nice graphics, very informative.

VSanchez said...

This game looks pretty fun. I will have to try this game with my friends and family. I am not much of a card player, but I will definitely give it a try.

Anonymous said...

ive been bamboozled. someone had me playing with jokers and they told me the wild cards get played anywhere!! OMG

Anonymous said...

this game is really fun heck I am 22 and learned by my great grandmother how to play this game. it is quite easy to learn. and it sort of goes with rules of poker also.

eight helping hands said...

Thank you for the rules, you were #2 when I googled how to play this game. How cool is that?!
Do you know how to play spades or hearts? You should blog about those as well and any other games you think of.

Jamie of Thirtysomething Gamers said...

Very cool :) I do know spades. I actually haven't blogged in a very long time. I think you just gave me the motivation to begin again :)

Anonymous said...

wow, this is way different from the 5,000 that i play...
i play jokers and twos are wilds, there is no floating, and you are not required to play any cards that you pick up from the discard pile... however the person i learned from does tend to play the "street" versions of most card games, not the regular version

Anonymous said...

this is my favorite card game

GODDESSBABY2012 said...

now i know the REAL point system.... love this game

Anonymous said...

If a person missed their deal in the rotation. Does the deal go over and the person who missed deal next?

Anonymous said...

Just taught this to 5 of my girlfriends! What a fun night! We also play with the jokers

Sandra Chi said...

If all cards r dealt out to each players & there is no more cards for deck pile who start the game

Anonymous said...

Can you hit a set or run with a wild card?

Anonymous said...

Can you use a wild card in a ran and the use the face in it like 2345w7 can u put the 6 in the spot with the wild card

Anonymous said...

No only use wild cars to spread!

Anonymous said...

When a person spread. 1 wild card 3 can you hit them with the. Two

gjgomez said...

i have been playing for over 25 years and your rules have only thre differences than what I was taught. so I have a couple Questions,
1. if you play with more than 3 people do you use more decks or just the one deck? and if no more what is max people to play?
2. i was taught to use the jokers as wilds and in scoring they are worth 50 pts do you think that is fine or ?
3. someone posted this once (ive been bamboozled. someone had me playing with jokers and they told me the wild cards get played anywhere!! OMG) the wild cards can be played anywhere right?

Rummy Online said...

Useful information shared..I am very happy to read this post. Thanks for giving us this info. It is quite easy to learn.

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Marcel said...

This game is addicting. My aunt taught me this as a kid. Just the sheer unpredictability of the deal alone sells it.

Marcel said...

This game does have several variations. For example if 4's are wild for the hand and you're spread of 3's you can use a 4 as your third 3 since it's wild. That is an actual variation of the game.

Ashwani Kumar said...

Nice Blog you shared with us. Keep Posted more rummy blogs. Thanks for sharing

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