The Beginner’s Guide to Continental Rummy

Continental rummy, referred to as Double-deck rummy and 'May I?', signified as a progressive partnership Rummy card game related to Rumino. This rummy variant is regarded as the predecessor of the entire family of rummy card games. Two packs of cards are utilized as one here. The game's name is such because it is played throughout continental Europe, particularly in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, referred to as Žolíky. At the same time, it is pretty popular in Mexico, Canada, the United States, and South America. This Rummy variant was also popular as a women's afternoon game until it lost out to Canasta in the 1950s.

Today, Continental rummy tournaments online have high demand because it is thrilling and does not take much time to learn the game rules.

Objectives of Continental Rummy

The goal of Continental Rummy is to become the player with the lowest penalty points. Every player draws one card, the high card deals and the sequential deals are passed on to the left. Two 52 cards decks are utilized, along with two Jokers in every deck. The number of decks used and the base of two are identified by categorizing by two players and rounding up when required. For instance,

  • 4 players use 2 decks

  • 5 players use 3 decks

  • 6 players use 3 decks

  • 7 players use 4 decks

  • 8 players use 4 decks

All the players are dealt 12 cards, and the rest stockpile is set on the table. Red Aces and Jokers are considered as wild in this game. When a card is drawn, one card is needed to be cast off. The following player on the left can either draw the first discard card on the top of the stack or the top stock card, but then the player is needed to discard.

A set is described as three or more cards of similar face value, such as three aces, three queens, or three sevens. A run comprises of four or more cards of identical suit subsequently. When there is an ace in the run, it can be regarded as either high card or low card, yet not in the same run. Whether you are participating in a paid tournament or playing a free rummy game, remember that the run may contain more than 13 cards.


It needs to be understood that seven special deals or hands make up one game. All the hand comprises a mix of sets and runs. Simultaneously, there is a different opening need for every one of the seven hands. Every successive hand requires one mor4e card for the opening need, seven cards for the second hand, etc. Every consecutive hand requires one more card for opening needs, till the seventh hand needs 12 cards to open. All the players move to the following hand together, irrespective of whether they could go down in the last hand.