Rummy Glossary

Rummy Glossary

Rummy Glossary complete with terms you need to start playing today.



A

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To discard a card in order to induce an opponent to discard another card of the same rank or in suit and sequence with it. Also known as Baiting, Chumming, Fishing.

Ante

The initial bet placed by all players in the game, a must before the beginning of every rummy game.



B

Base

A set of four natural cards sharing the same rank.

Block

To withhold a card that would extend a meld for an opponent.

Book

A meld which is made up of three or more same rank cards. 



C

Canasta

A meld of seven cards of the same rank. A "mixed canasta" is a meld containing one to three wild cards. A "natural canasta" is a meld containing no wild card.

Combination

Two cards which could potentially turn into one matched set should a particular card be drawn.



D

Deadwood

single cards discarded in Gin Rummy

Discard

A rejected tile in Mahjong, or card in Rummy, which may be claimed by another player.

Draw

Taking a card from the stock/discard pile.



F

Fill

Name for a card which turns a combination into a matched set.

Forcing

Discarding a card in Rummy that the next player, under the rules, must take up.



G

Go Gin

Lay down a gin hand; go rummy.

Go Rummy

Laying down a hand not containing any Deadwood (see above).

Going Out

Ridding of all the cards in one's hands, effectively winning.



K

Knave

Any jack in cards.

Knocking

player lays down his groups of cards on the table and discards his final card in Gin Rummy.



M

Meld

groups of sequential cards of the same suit or number in Gin Rummy.

Meld

Place matched sets on the table; lay off; a matched set.



R

Round-the-Corner

Variant of rummy where the rule has it that the ace is in sequence with both the king and the deuce.

Run

Three or more consecutive same-suit cards.



S

Set

Three cards or more from the same rank.

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