Carioca Rummy is usually considered a variation of Contract Rummy. This variant is very popular in Latin American countries, particularly in Argentina and Chile. The game is played so widely that it has a number of variations of its own with different sets of rules and different gameplay.
In this article, we will talk about the common rules and gameplay of Carioca Rummy. The objective of the game is similar to the objective of 13-Card rummy. Just as you play Indian Rummy aiming to finish the game with the lowest points, you aim to finish a game of Carioca Rummy with the least number of points, too.
Two standard decks of cards, along with Jokers, are used in the game and the dealer changes in every deal. There are 11 deals in total played in a game of Carioca Rummy, and the players need to form pre-decided hands during each deal. During the initial deals, eleven cards are dealt to each player, which gradually increase to 13 cards in the last deal. The rest of the cards are placed face down to form the stockpile and a card is revealed to form the discard pile. The player who sits right to the dealer picks a card from the discard pile or the stockpile. One of the interesting features of Carioca Rummy is that a player could ‘steal’ a card from the discard pile if all the players pass on their turn.
The players who have cards in their hands get points equal to the total of the points carried by the cards. The player with the least number of points at the end of all the deals wins the game. The losing players’ points are calculated on the basis of the points carried by their cards. All the cards from 2 to 10 have points equal to their numerical value. Jacks, Kings and Queens have 10 points each while Aces and Jokers have 15 points each.