Gin Rummy is one of the traditional kitchen table card games which almost everyone learns as a child.
Unlike a lot of card games, strategy plays a major role in the results of a Gin Match.
Some basic Gin Rummy strategies include:
Knock Early – Whether you are playing standard Gin, or Oklahoma Gin, if you have the opportunity to knock early in the hand, do so. You won’t earn a 25 point bonus for knocking the way you would for going Gin, but you’ll earn points for the extra deadwood on your opponents hand plus the line score.
That line rating can sure help once the match is over.
You can work towards an early knock by breaking your hand into three melds. Two of the melds will want to be sets or runs, and one meld is only a group of low cards which total less than the knock number.
As the hand wears on, knocking becomes a less attractive alternative. The longer your opponent has to create melds, the less of a chance that you can catch him with more deadwood in his hands than you have in yours.
Don’t Speculate – Every time you take an exposed card in the discard pile, you give your opponent information about your hand. For instance, if you take the seven of hearts from the pile, your opponent knows that you have either got running hearts or are collecting sevens. They will use that information during the rest of the hand.
By speculating, you’re giving away information about cards that you have in your hand which aren’t even melded. This makes his defense plays even more successful because not only is the opponent not going to play into your melds, he can prevent you from making one. And, those unmelded cards will remain as deadwood on your hand and count against you in the showdown.
Promotion – One common play in Gin Rummy is to throw a card of a rank in hopes that your opponent will throw the same rank. As an example, you want the six of diamonds to make a diamond run.
Pay attention to if not your competitor advertises for cards. Also pay attention to whether they fall to your advertisements.
Gin Rummy is a simple game that has many layers of strategy. These basic strategies are just the start tools you can use in the Gin table.