Gem rummy game rules – how to play gem rummy

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Discover Gem Rummy: A Unique Twist on the Classic Card Game

Hey there! Have you ever played Gem Rummy? It’s a super cool card game that was created by three amazing people: Jon, Lori, and Jayden Carper. They took the classic game of Rummy and added a little something extra to make it even more fun.

So, in normal Rummy, you know how you collect sets and runs? Well, in Gem Rummy, you still do that, but there’s a twist! Each card has these awesome gem parts on them, and you can meld cards based on these gem parts too. How cool is that?

And get this, they even added suits to the cards! So now you can really challenge yourself and your opponents by creating melds based on both the suits and the gem parts. It adds a whole new layer to the game, making it even more exciting and strategic. Plus, there are special scoring bonuses that you can earn to help you on your way to victory.

Oh, and did I mention that the game is not just for two players, but for three as well? That’s right, they thought about everything! So whether you’re playing with your besties or your family, Gem Rummy has got you covered.

If you’re a fan of Gin Rummy, then you’re definitely going to love Gem Rummy. It takes everything you love about the classic game and adds a fresh and sparkly twist. It’s like playing Rummy but on a whole new level.

So, next time you’re in the mood for a fun and challenging card game, why not give Gem Rummy a try? I promise you won’t be disappointed!


I’m going to tell you all about Gem Rummy and how it’s played. In this game, we use a special deck of cards called a commercial deck. This deck is made up of 52 cards, and each card has a special gem category on it. The gem categories are a special feature of this game.

When you play Gem Rummy, you can create groups of cards called melds. You can create melds based on three things: the rank of the cards, the suit of the cards, and the gem category. This gives you different ways to make melds and strategize in the game.

Gem rummy game rules - how to play gem rummy

Let’s get started by shuffling the deck and dealing 11 cards to each player. To add a bit of excitement, we’ll have the non-dealer roll two dice. These dice will determine the knock limit and the special diamond number.

The knock limit is the number that players will aim for in order to go out and win the round. And the diamond number will determine which Diamond card can be paired with any Queen. Once the dice are rolled, let’s place them on the Red Joker card.

Now, take the rest of the deck and place it face down to create a draw pile. The top card of the draw pile will be turned over to start the discard pile.

The player who wins the hand will be the one to deal the next one. Are you ready? Let’s dive in and start playing!

Gem rummy game rules - how to play gem rummy

The Game

The Start

When it’s my turn to play and I’m not the dealer, I can choose to add the card that’s been turned up to my hand. But if I don’t want it, the dealer can decide to take it for themselves. If the card is picked up, the dealer has to get rid of one of their own cards and then it’s the other player’s turn.

If both of us pass on the card, it’s then my turn. I draw a card from the draw pile. And my turn isn’t over until I discard a card.

The Game Continues

Each turn, both me and the other player draw a card, create groups of cards in our hands, and discard. We don’t put the groups on the table, we just keep them in our hands. We keep playing like this until one of us decides to knock.

Groups of Cards

In Gem Rummy, there are four different kinds of groups you can create with your cards.

Sets are when you have three or more cards of the same number or rank.

Runs are when you have three or more cards of the same suit in a row.

Stashes are when you have four or more cards of the same color.

Queen’s Diamonds is a special combination of cards that includes any Queen and another card in the diamond suit. Which diamond card you use is determined by rolling a dice at the start of the game.


Any cards that aren’t part of a combination are called deadwood. These cards are worth points. You can knock when you have deadwood points equal to or less than the number rolled on the dice at the beginning of the game. When you knock, it means you’re done playing and you discard your last card.

So, here’s the deal: if I manage to meld all 11 cards in my hand after discarding, I can take a decisive victory by going Gin. I just need to call out “GIN” and bam, it’s over. But wait, there’s more! If I draw a card and somehow meld all 12 cards in my hand, now that’s a Big Gin. And when that happens, trust me, I’m gonna announce it loudly and proudly lay down my hand. In this case, I won’t even need to discard any cards.

Now, picture this: if there are only two cards left in the draw pile at the start of my turn, well, sorry folks, the game ends in a draw. No points for anyone. Tough luck, huh?

It’s All About the Points

So, after a round of the game, it’s time to see who came out on top. Each player needs to lay out their melds and separate their deadwood. The player who didn’t knock has the chance to lay-off any deadwood they have. Basically, they can add their leftover cards to their opponent’s melds. But if the knocker went Gin or Big Gin, the non-knocker can’t lay-off any cards.

Here’s how the points work:

Cards from 2 to 10 are worth the same number of points as the card itself.

Jacks, Queens, and Kings are each worth 10 points.

The knocker earns points based on the difference between their total deadwood and the non-knocker’s.

If a player goes Gin by melding all their cards, they get 25 points plus their opponent’s deadwood value.

A Big Gin earns a whopping 35 points plus their opponent’s deadwood value.

But wait, there’s more! There are some bonus scoring opportunities:

If you don’t have as many deadwood points as the knocker, congrats! You’ve undercut them and earned 25 points for the round.

You know what’s really special? Having one of each gem in your hand. Whether they’re in your melds, lay-off cards, or deadwood, it doesn’t matter. You can claim the Gem Parts bonus! If you’re the non-knocker, you’ll get 8 points. If you’re the knocker, you’ll get 16 points. But hey, keep in mind that kings only count as one gem, no matter what.

You’ll always score at least 11 points if you’re the knocker and no one undercut you. Even if the total points you earn are less than 11 after you knock, you still get 11 points. Fair, right?


Hey there! Let’s dive into the exciting world of Gem Rummy. The goal of the game is simple: be the first player to reach 110 points or more. And if there’s a tie, the player who earns more points in the final hand takes home the victory.



When starting the game, each player is dealt 11 cards. The remaining cards are placed in a draw pile, and the top card is turned face up to create the discard pile. The player to the left of the dealer begins the game.


3 Player Gem Rummy has a unique twist – it’s a bit like 500 Rum. The discard pile is stacked on top of each other, forming a staircase-like structure. Now, players have some options when it comes to drawing cards. They can either choose the top card from the discard pile or select a card that’s further down. If they go for the latter, they have to pick up all the cards on top of the one they want. Players can also draw cards from the top of the draw pile. So, choose wisely!


Hey there! Let me walk you through how to play Gin Rummy with some awesome tips. When you knock or go gin, the players who didn’t knock lay down their cards in clockwise order. Keep in mind, their scores are recorded separately. Each non-knocking player gets a chance to lay off one card at a time.

Now, let’s talk about scoring!

The scoring in Gin Rummy is just like in the 2-player game.

But before we dive into the game, here are my thoughts:

I’ve played more than 500 games of Gin Rummy in the past year. It’s a game my wife and I absolutely love. What’s great about Gin is that you can play it casually while having a nice chat or watching a movie. But if you’re up for it, you can also get serious and keep a close eye on the discarded cards. However, even with my love for Gin, there’s another game that satisfies that craving for a more intense experience. And that game is Gem Rummy.

Hey there! Let me tell you about this amazing package. It’s an awesome creation made with love by my family. We put a lot of effort into making it special!

Now, the coolest part is that we added a second suit to the game. This means you have more options to create awesome combinations and take your gameplay to a whole new level. How exciting is that?

If you want to know more about the game, just head over to the official Gem Rummy page. You’ll find all the details there. Trust me, it’s worth checking out!

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