Rummy History introduction
Rummy is a family of games all sharing the "draw and discard" structure. Besides this unique play pattern, the main goal is to get rid of all of the cards in your hand by forming either sets or runs. All of the Rummy games contain some kind of a scoring system making the play for money much more attractive. There are many theories regarding the origins of the Rummy card games, each one attributes the invention of the game to different people or nations around the world.
The Orient of Rummy card games
One of the earliest card games to incorporate this play pattern is the Chinese card game from the 18th century named Mahjong. Soon enough, many western versions appeared worldwide, bearing names such Conquian, kanhoo and others. The common assumption regarding the swift spread of these card games and their variations is attributed to Chinese immigrants, British and Portuguese merchants who were familiarized with the game during their stay in the mainland.
Rummy variations worldwide
versions trace the Rummy origins to the Spanish game "Conquian",
brought to America by the Spanish communities to immigrate west. David
Parlett considers this game to be the ancestor of all Rummy games, and
mentions its similarity to the popular modern game of Gin Rummy.
The most popular variant of the Rummy games is Gin Rummy.
Most versions state that the game was invented in New York during the
early decades of the 20th century.
During the last years, many Rummy game variants have gone online, offering players from all over the world to join in play and enjoy the variety of Rummy entertaining qualities. Whether it's about people who grew up playing the Rummy games, or the new ones to pick them up, the Rummy games are here to stay for many generations to come. Joining people in play and providing them with the ultimate quality time, the Rummy games continue to play a dominant role and always have a special, fun and exciting variation to offer to each and every one of us.