Online Vs Offline Rummy Explained

Ever wondered what makes online rummy different from offline rummy? You could easily say that one is played over the Internet and other in real. But what if someone asks you to differentiate them further?

There is only one way to find out – play them both to make accurate distinctions. Well, if these questions have intrigued you already, we have all the answers for you! Check out the basic aspects that make online rummy different from its offline counterpart.

Availability of Games

This is perhaps the biggest distinction between online and offline games. A game of rummy can only commence if there are proper number of decks and the right number of players. Online rummy provides an easy access to the games as all you need to do is to connect to the Internet and join a table – There is no hassle of finding cards or visiting your friends’ place. However, one little aspect that could make things difficult is that you need to have a good Internet speed. An intermittent or slow connection could spoil the action and you may have to stick to your real deck of cards.

Time Management

Real test of skills takes place when you are on the clock. A serious offline rummy competition could make you sweat but there is always some flexibility of time during your turn. However, in online rummy, you are not spared! You must have to make your decisions within the stipulated time. If you miss it, you miss your turn. The action will shift to your immediate opponent and you may always repent on the lost opportunity. This is why online rummy is considered far more competitive than offline rummy.

Monetary Opportunities

Online rummy is much favoured when it comes to playing with money. Many online rummy sites have a range of low to high-limit tables that never run of players. A fixed money-value structure and fair play policies make online rummy a great medium to earn real money with skills. On the other hand, offline rummy games with cash do not take place that often as online rummy. This is primarily due to the fact that rummy is played for entertainment in get-togethers and other social events. However, many tournaments are conducted by organisers where the prize pool is staggeringly higher than online rummy; for example, the series of World Rummy Tournament which have over crores in prize pool.

Scope of Bluffing

In most of the card games, bluffing plays an important role in manipulating your opponents' moves. Although rummy is considered as a game of skills, there is a good scope of bluffing when played with real cards. Unlike Poker where players keep their cards face down during the gameplay, rummy players hold their cards and constantly shuffle their groups of sequences and sets. Observant players note their opponents' hands to find whether they have arranged any groups. This is where bluffing comes in – You can trick your opponents by making apparent moves of shuffling a group of four or five cards, suggesting that you have a strong sequence. Plus, with a bit of Hollywood and chit chat, you can convince your opponents that you are going to win and force your opponents to drop. However, this scope of bluffing is limited in online rummy, as the only tool to communicate is the chat window, which is mostly ignored by the players.

Based on the observations of the differences, one can conclude that both are great ways of playing rummy. It just depends on the situation you are in: If alone, why not engage in online rummy? And, if with friends, why not use the deck to have awesome rummy fun!

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