No matter how much people insist that Rummy is a game of luck, it is in fact, a game of skill. There is no hand too bad that it cannot be dealt with by a player who values patience and skill. Rummy, as you know, is a card game that is all about grouping cards together in sets and runs. You have match values and numbers to gain the maximum points. But if you’re starting off with a bad hand right away, it becomes difficult to approach the game with lifted spirits. 

If you’re someone who is giving up on their online Rummy games because of bad hands, this guide is for you. You’ll see that using your cards just a tad bit tactfully will go a long way in making you stay in the game.

Understand Your Cards

It may sound simple and maybe even a bit preachy, but it’s the single most important thing when it comes to cash Rummy. Most players don’t pay enough attention to what is in their hands and look for better cards in the pile. A simple trick is to arrange the cards in your hands by colour and suit. Just doing that will provide you with an unmistakable clarity of where you stand. 

Plan out the different sets in your hand before laying them out. It’s perfectly fine to take your time with it, especially if you are a beginner in the game. When you’ve deciphered the best possible sets (i.e., that yield maximum points), only then lay them out.

Low-Value Cards vs High-Value Cards

It is understandable if you obsess over high-value cards as they are the ones that yield the maximum points but it is equally important to understand that low-value cards are the pillars of sets. Where you make 2 high-value sets, you can gain more points with 4 or 5 low-value sets, should you choose right. 

Waiting to match high-value cards will absolutely stall your game and discarding them is the wise thing to do if you fail to match them in a few tries. Otherwise, they just hold up space in your hand. Low-value cards, however, are much more in number and quite easy to come around. Match them well and create sets to build a sheer quantity that is sure to intimidate your opponent. 

The Middle Cards Are The Winners

Even if you’ve been dealt a bad hand, you are almost certainly going to have some middle-value cards in them. Use them wisely as this is where your entire game lies, quite literally. The middle-value cards are the foundations of sets and imperative to forming groups.

They are the ones around whom the sets are built. Do not dispose of them or employ them in sets where you cannot access them anymore. Allow the possibilities of adding both under and above them. These would prove to be the most valuable sets. They are both easy to make and allow more alternatives. 

Joker And The Ace Are Tricky

These are both tricky cards as they can be different values. A Joker can become any card you need it to be and an Ace can either be 1 or 15 points. This ever-changing value of the cards makes them truly tricky to deal with.

Most players rely on having a Joker to help make their most difficult sets. But one should know that it’s okay to not have a Joker right away. And they can absolutely hold out for it as the game progresses. But once you have it, use it wisely. It can take the place of both 1 and a Queen.

But having it be a high or even middle-value card will yield much better results than having it assume the position of a low-value card. Wait, if you have to, to apply it to its best possible use, instead of thinking of it as a cheat. Remember, its value is added to the value to the entire set.

Aces pose a similar sort of dilemma as well. They can either be a 1 or a 15. And it’s a no-brainer that every player would want their ace to yield them the highest possible value. A bad hand that has an ace will not really be one if you use it wisely. A run may be easier to make, but hold out for a set. It will be worth it.

Know Your Opponents

It’s easy to lose yourself in the pity of having a bad hand. But you should never lose track of your opponents. Keep watching their moves. It is no secret in card games that players bluff and mislead to distract their competitors. But what they cannot hide in Rummy is the cards they pick from the discarded and the ones they discard. It is your gateway to understanding their game.

Keep a close watch on what everyone discards and picks up. It will help you understand the sets they are hoping to form. It may seem like an added task to keep track of what others are doing over your own hand but it is actually beneficial for you as well. By knowing what cards are where you can understand much better if the cards in your hand will be able to form their own sets or not. 

For example, if you are holding out on a 7 in hopes you’ll maybe get another two 7s or 8 and 6 to make sets, but see that all other 7s are taken by your competitors then you know that that particular card is not very useful in your hand for that specific purpose. Now your choice is only between making a run and disposing of it.

At the end of the day, the game is meant to be played for enjoyment. You can still have fun with a bad hand or maybe even discover ways to not make sets and better yourself for the next game. All as long as you are having fun.