Pool Rummy Games

Pool rummy is an exciting variation of 13-card rummy. There is a fixed entry fee that every player has to pay for playing a cash game of pool rummy. Players get eliminated once their accumulated scores reaches the maximum points limit at the table: 101 Points Pool or 201 Points Pool. The winner of each deal gets zero points and wins the prize pool.

What makes Pool Rummy Different from Points Rummy?

The gameplay of Pool Rummy is almost similar to that of Points rummy. However, the element of elimination makes the game a lot more competitive than the other forms of rummy.

Elimination A game of Pool Rummy takes a longer time due to the element of elimination. A player gets eliminated when his/her points reach the limit defined for the type of table: 101 Points Pool or 201 Points Pool.

When a player loses a game, his/her losing points are carried to the next round. For example, in a 101 Pool Rummy game of four players, if a player loses a game with 80 points, then his/her points are carried to the next round. If the same player loses with 40 points in the second round, he/she is eliminated from the game, as his accumulated points are 120 (80+40), which is more than 101. But the game continues till all the players are eliminated and one single player survives without accumulating 101 Pool Points.

How to play Pool Rummy on Junglee Rummy?

Pool Rummy is as simple as Points Rummy. Only the element of elimination makes the game different from the other forms of rummy. Here is a detailed description of how to play Pool Rummy on Junglee Rummy:

Cards and Players: Pool Rummy is usually played with two or more standard packs of 53 cards each, including a printed Joker per pack. The game can be played between 2 to 6 players and 13 cards are dealt randomly to each player.

Entry Fee and Toss You need to pay a fixed entry fee to join a Pool Rummy table. The entry fees collected from all the players form the Prize Pool. A toss is made at the starting of the game to decide the player who will make the first move.

Objective of the Game Pool Rummy is a card game of picks and discards. By picking and discarding cards, one has to arrange all the 13 cards in one’s hand in sequences and/or sets. To win a Pool Rummy game, one must have at least two sequences, one of which has to be a pure sequence, and the other cards arranged in valid sequences and/or sets. Players need to survive the game without accumulating the pool limit: 101 or 201 pool points, depending on the format chosen.

Gameplay After the toss is made, a wild Joker is randomly selected from the deck and 13 cards are dealt to each player. When all the cards from one deck are dealt to the players, the first card from the other deck of cards is revealed and the remaining cards are placed face-down as the closed deck. Each player has to pick a card from the pen or closed deck and then discard one of the cards in his/her hand to the open deck. Through picks and discards, one has to arrange all the cards in one’s hand in sequences and/or sets. When a player completes the objective of the game, he/she has to discard one of the cards from his/her hand to the Finish slot to declare the game.

JokersJokers play a special role in the game of Pool Rummy. They can be used to replace other cards to form sequences and sets. There are two types of Jokers: wild Jokers and printed Jokers. The wild Joker is selected randomly at the beginning of the game and the counterparts of the selected card in all the suits serve as a wild Joker. The other one is the printed Joker, which comes with the pack of cards. Any sequence formed with a Joker is called an impure sequence, except the ones formed with the wild Joker of the same suit and continuity. If the printed Joker is selected randomly as the wild Joker, then the Aces of all suits act as wild Jokers.

How are scores calculated in Pool Rummy?

In each round of Pool Rummy, the winner of the game gets zero points while a losing player gets points equal to the total of the points carried by the cards in his/her hand:

A’s of all the suits carry 10 points each.
Ks of all the suits carry 10 points each.
Qs of all the suits carry 10 points each.
Js of all the suits carry 10 points each.

All the other cards carry the same points as their face value. For example, 9 of Spades carries 9 points and 2 of Hearts carries 2 points.

Losing Points

  • If the losing player has formed two sequences including a pure sequence, then the points of the cards that are not arranged in sequences or sets are added up.
  • If the losing player does not have two sequences — a pure and pure/impure sequence — then the points of all the cards are added up.
  • If a player declares the game without completing the objective of the game, he gets 80 points.
  • If a player misses three consecutive turns in Pool Rummy, he gets the score of middle drop: 40 points in 101 Pool Rummy and 50 points in 201 Pool Rummy.

How is the winning cash amount calculated in Pool Rummy?

The following simple formula is used on Junglee Rummy to calculate the winning amount in Pool Rummy:

Winning Amount = (Entry Fee x Number of Players) – Junglee Rummy Fee

For example, if Rs. 50 is the entry fee in a Pool Rummy game of 6 players, the prize pool is Rs. 300. The winner will win the Pool Prize of Rs. 300 and the amount will be credited to the winner’s account after deduction of the Junglee Rummy Fees.

What is the Drop score in Pool Rummy?

A player has the option to drop the game by clicking on the “Drop” button. Once a player clicks on the “Drop” button, the player will be dropped from the current deal but will join back in the next deal with the penalty of drop scores.

Pool 101 Pool 201
First Drop 20 25
Middle Drop 40 50

Can an eliminated player rejoin a game of Pool Rummy?

Players who are eliminated from a game of Pool Rummy can rejoin the game if the highest score among the players who are not eliminated is less than or equal to 79 points in 101 Pool Rummy and 174 points in 201 Pool Rummy. One can rejoin a game only after elimination and before the next deal begins.

Does one have to pay an entry fee to rejoin a Pool Rummy game?

Yes, one has to pay the entry fee to rejoin a game of Pool Rummy. The entry fee will be deducted from the player’s account every time he opts to rejoin a game.

What is the starting score on rejoining a game?

Whenever a player rejoins a game, the starting score of the player will be 1 point above the highest score among the players who have not been eliminated. For example, if the scores of the three players who have not been eliminated from the game of 101 Pool Rummy are 56, 34 and 19, then the player who rejoins will have a starting score of 57.

How many times can one rejoin a Pool Rummy game?

One can rejoin a game of Pool Rummy any number of times as long as there is enough balance in his/her account to pay the entry fee and the highest score among the players who have not been eliminated is 79 points or less than that in 101 Pool Rummy and 174 points or fewer in 201 Pool Rummy.

How does the Split option work in Pool Rummy Games?

The Split option works when there are only two or three players left at a table where the game started with more than three players.

Manual Split

There are different rules for 2-Player Manual Split and 3-Player Manual Split.

2-Player Manual Split:> This is applicable to 101 and 201 pool tables where the game started off with more than 2 players.

3-Player Manual Split:> This is applicable to 101 and 201 pool tables where the game started off with three or more players. It is also applicable if a third player rejoins after being eliminated. The manual split is applicable if the difference in the number of drops possible for any two of the three players is not greater than two during a game. The Manual Split option works in 101 pool games when the total score of all the players at the end of a round is greater than or equal to 61. The same applies to 201 pool games when the total score is greater than or equal to 151.

How is the Prize Split Processed?>

Each player’s remaining drop will be equated to the player’s who has the least number of remaining drops. The excess drops of each player will be paid out from the prize pool as follows:

Number of Excess Drops X Entry Fee

Let us see an example to understand the rule better. More than three players join a 101 Pool Rummy game but only three players remain, as other players drop out of the game. If all the remaining three players accept the split option, the prize pool will be distributed according to each player’s remaining number of drops.

If Player A has 2 drops left, Player B has 1 drop left and Player C has no drops left, the calculation for the prize pool distribution will be as follows:
Prize Pool = Rs.300
1 Drop = Rs.50
Player A: 2 Drops
Player B: 1 Drop
Player C: 0 Drops
Since Player A and Player B have more drops, they will get a bigger portion from the prize pool.
Player A: 2 X 50 = 100
Player B: 1 X 50 = 50
Player C: Remaining Drops = 0
Remaining Prize Pool = 300 – 100 - 50 = Rs.150
Remaining Prize Pool Distribution = 150/3 (number of remaining players) = Rs. 50
Player A: 100+50 = 150
Player B: 50+50 = 100
Player C: 50

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