Learn How to Play the Three-Thirteen Rummy, Another Variant of this Interesting Card Game

Updated: May 20

The world of Rummy is highly complicated, with numerous exciting variants of the game that players can explore. The three-thirteen format of the game is such a variant that it is also often considered a family card game. Players interested to learn how to play Rummy can explore this exciting format and enjoy it.

The three-thirteen format uses a standard deck of cards where the game starts with only three cards dealt with each player, and every successive round gets one more card.

Cards Used

A standard 52-card deck is used for two players for playing this rummy variant. For three or four players, two decks are used. The Aces consistently rank low in this game (as if they had a "1" on the card.)

The rank of Cards: K (high), Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A.

The Objective of the Game

Rummy's object is to form all the cards in your hand into sets or runs. Melding or laying sets or runs onto the table is not carried out until completing each round of the game. There is also no laying off of cards onto other melds at any time.

Wild Cards

There is a designated wild card in each round. The wild card is the card is equal to the number of cards dealt in the process. In the initial round, three cards are dealt, so the threes are wild cards. Again, four cards are dealt in the second round, so the fours are wild in this case. When cards like 11, 12, and 13 cards are dealt with, J, Q, and K are the respective wild cards. Wild cards can also be used against any other card while making a group or sequence. During this, a player can only use one wild card in each set.

Dealing of Cards

This game of three-thirteen Rummy has eleven rounds. The first dealer is always chosen randomly and the turn to deal the cards passes to the player towards the left after each round. At the beginning round, three cards are dealt to each player, in the second round four cards are dealt, and so on. This is done until the eleventh and last round, in which thirteen cards each are dealt. The remaining cards are placed face down on the table to form a stockpile. The stock's topmost card is being flipped face up and then put beside the stockpile to start the discarded pile.

The Gameplay

The play kicks off with the player to the left of the dealer taking a turn, and after that, the dealing of cards continues clockwise until the end of the hand. During their turn, the players are required to do the following:

Draw: A card should be drawn either from the stockpile of cards or the discarded pile and then added to the player's current hand.

Discard: The player finishes his or her turn by discarding one of the cards face up to the discarded pile. Once the discard is completed, the turn gets over, and the players cannot do anything else until their next turn.

End of Each Hand

A player can go out when it is their turn to play. They must draw a card, and if they are then able to form all of their cards, except one, into Sets or Runs, they can lay down their melds and discard their final card. Each of the other players is then allowed one more turn. When the turn comes back to the player who went out, the round completes, and the scores are calculated.