Gin Rummy is one of those classic kitchen table card games that almost everyone learns as a child. While Poker appears to be the rage these days, you may still find Gin games occurring in country clubs, tree houses, and rec rooms everywhere.
Like most popular games, Gin Rummy is easy to learn, but mastering it requires serious work. Unlike many card games, strategy plays a significant role in the results of a Gin Match.
Some basic Gin Rummy strategies include:
You won’t make a 25 point bonus for knocking the way you would for going Gin, but you will earn points for the extra deadwood on your opponents hand plus the line score.
That line rating can sure help once the match is over.
You can work towards an early knock by breaking your hand into three melds. Two of the melds will need to be runs or sets, and one meld is only a collection of low cards that total less than the knock number.
As the hand wears on, knocking becomes a less attractive alternative. The more time your opponent has to make melds, the less of a chance which you can catch him with more deadwood in his hand than you have in yours.
Don’t Speculate – each time you take an exposed card in the discard pile, you give your competitor information about your hand. For instance, if you choose the seven of hearts from the pile, your opponent knows that you have either got running hearts or are collecting sevens. They’ll use that information during the rest of the hand.
By speculating, you’re giving away information about cards you have in mind which are not even melded. This makes his defense plays much more effective because not only is the opponent not likely to play into your melds, he can keep you from making one. And, those unmelded cards will stay as deadwood in your hand and count against you at the showdown.
Promotion – One frequent play in Gin Rummy would be to throw a card of a position in hopes that your opponent will throw the same rank. For instance, you want the six of diamonds to make a diamond run. By throwing the six of clubs, you advertise to your opponent that you are not collecting sixes, making him more likely to feel safe about throwing the six of diamonds.
Pay attention to whether of not your opponent advertises for cards. Also pay attention to if they fall for your advertisements.
Gin Rummy is a very simple game that has many layers of plan. These basic strategies are just the beginning tools you can use in the Gin table.