13 Cards Vs 21 Cards Rummy

"Two players were arguing with each other about Rummy. One advocated that 13 Cards Rummy is more exciting than 21 Cards Rummy, while the other defended his claim that 21 Rummy is the best ..."

This debate is interesting but if you were to decide, which game will you pick? Difficult to choose, isn't? But don't worry; let's settle this debate here!

When the objective of both the games is same, which is to arrange all the cards in sets and sequences, the differences in their gameplay will be considered in this debate. So, let's view their differences in detail to decide which one is more interesting to play:

Number of Cards Dealt

As their names suggest, 13 and 21 cards are dealt to each player in 13 Cards Rummy and 21 Cards Rummy respectively. As there are eight cards less in 13 Cards Rummy, it is much faster than 21 cards Rummy.

Advantage: 13 Cards Rummy

Number of Decks Matter

13 Cards Rummy uses up to 2 decks, while 21 Cards Rummy uses 3 decks of cards in a usual game. The addition of one deck in 21 Cards Rummy makes it more complex as there will be three sets of a single card. So, one would need more strategies in 21 Cards Rummy than 13 Cards Rummy.

Advantage: 21 Cards Rummy

Pure Sequences

In 13 Cards Rummy, you need to make a minimum of 1 pure sequence along with another sequence to win. However, in 21 Cards Rummy, you need a minimum of 3 sequences; this makes 13 Cards Rummy much easier than the 21 card variant.

Advantage: 13 Cards Rummy


Jokers play the same role in both the variants, which is to replace any card to form sets or sequences. However, 21 Cards have Value Cards in addition to Jokers : they function as Jokers and carry extra points that could change the game. Plus, a marriage hand of all the value cards makes it more competitive.

Advantage: 21 Cards Rummy


It's a tie! After evaluating all the aspects of their gameplay, one can conclude that both the variations have the same level of excitement. Each variation brings its own flavour and players pick them according to their own gaming needs. Still don't agree? We'll love to hear your inputs!

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