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The game is played over multiple rounds.

Score more points than your opponent by grouping 3 or more cards.

The player who gets more than 50 points first wins the game.

Gin rummy is a popular variant in the broad range of rummy card games, with different rules and scoring methods. Most offline and online rummy plays are Gin rummy. In the online segment, MPL offers one of the best gaming experiences with a mobile app version. Then, it is only required to learn and master the gin rummy rules to win exciting cash prizes. If you want to play gin rummy online, look no further.

What is Gin Rummy?

Gin rummy is a classic rummy game involving only two players. It revolves around forming sets of matching cards known as melds, which are sequences of consecutive cards. The standard deck of 52 cards is used, and each player is dealt with 10 cards.

The goal is to reduce your hand points and achieve the big Gin through a series of card discards and draws. Just like all rummy variants, it requires skill and alertness to play gin rummy online.

Gin Rummy

How to Download Gin Rummy from MPL

Downloading the MPL's free gin rummy app is simple:

Search for the MPL app on your Play Store. MPL app is available for both Android and Apple users.

Download the MPL app.

After downloading the app, create your account with basic information.

Login to play your favourite gin rummy! MPL app also offers the Oklahoma Gin rummy variant.

Gin Rummy Terms

Every online gin rummy enthusiast must know the key terms of the game.


Gaining a gin means winning the game, just like going Rummy in traditional Rummy. Players will get bonus earnings to finish the game without any deadwood left.


When a player with 10 or fewer points of deadwood wants to end the game without giving the opponent a chance to play, they can knock. Knocking without any remaining deadwood is going Gin, while knocking with deadwood points is known as going down.


Deadwood refers to cards which do not belong to complete melds. If the total card value of your deadwood cards doesn't exceed 10 points, then you can knock in the gin rummy card game.


A combination of three cards in Gin rummy is called a meld. There are two types: groups (cards of the same rank) and sequences (consecutive cards of the same suit).

Gin Rummy Rules

Meld and Run

The game's objective is to be the first person to reach 100 points.

You have to aim to form melds (sets or runs) and minimise deadwood cards.

Card values: Aces = 1 point, 2-10 = face value, Face cards = 10 points

Each player is dealt 10 cards at the start, with one card face-up on the table.

Players take turns picking up the face-up card or an unknown card from the deck.

After picking up, players must discard one card from their hand.

Players can "knock" if they have 10 or fewer deadwood points.

After knocking, players show cards to the table, and the opponent can lay off deadwood against the knocker's melds.

Points are awarded based on deadwood, with bonuses for Undercutting, being the first to reach 100 points, and for going Gin (winning the game!).

The game ends when a player reaches 100 points.

Calculates the final score by adding up the points acquired, the winner's bonus, and the line bonus.

How to Play Gin Rummy Online?

Gin rummy card game is played with the standard deck of 52 cards with no wild cards (jokers). The rank of the cards is K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and A from highest to lowest. Aces are only low in gin rummy except in Tedesco Gin.

In addition, keep in mind the following gin rummy rules to outwit the opponent.


The objective of the online gin rummy is to create melds and end up with little or no deadwood. There can be several rounds until a player reaches 100 points and wins the game. The final game score is determined by adding the gin game bonus, and the player with the highest total points wins the game.


The Deal: The dealer deals with 10 cards in a clockwise direction to each player. The remaining deck is placed on the table face-down, with the top card placed face-up. You create the discard pile next to it.

Draw the Cards: During your turn, you have to draw one card from the top deck of the stock pile or discard pile. But pick up a card from the discard pile only if it benefits you, like completing a set or sequence—otherwise, pick up from only the stockpile.

Discarding: When you draw a card, you must also discard a card to the discard pile. Observe the opponent's cards when discarding. Try to discard cards that are useless to them. By chance, if you pick up any card from the discard pile, you can't put it back until the next turn.

Build Melds: The objective is to build melds and runs. Sets of cards, like ♥8♠8♦8, while consecutive cards of the same suit are runs, like ♥A♥2♥3.

Knocking: Knocking marks the end of the game. If you're knocking, discard a card and place it face-down on the discard pile. Players who knock must display their melds and run face-up on the table. The opponent will also do the same, along with the remaining deadwood.

While the opponent can lay off any of their deadwood cards, the knocker can't do the same. But if the knocker has all melds, the Gin hand, opponents can't lay off any more of their cards. The knocker wins the game.

Tie Gin: If none of the players have knocked and there are only two remaining cards in the deck, it is a tie gin. None of the players wins any points.


Gin rummy scoring has many facets to it as given below.

Gin Bonus: When a player decides to go Gin, they gain an extra 25 points in addition to the knock points they already scored. They can also get a line bonus or box bonus, where every hand won earns 25 points.

Big Gin Bonus: Achieving a big gin earns a player 31 extra points, added to the knock points scored. There is also a shout-out game bonus awarded to the player who has won every hand.

Undercut Bonus: If a player knocks, but their opponent has little or equal deadwood points, then the opponent also gets 25 points plus difference, and the knocker scores 0 points. If the player who knocks has achieved a gin, there is no undercut possible, even if the opponent has a perfect 0 deadwood count.

Now that you know the basic gin rummy rules, it is time to download the MPL app and play the game!

Gin Rummy Strategy

Gin Rummy Strategy

Remember that your opponent can see what card you picked if you pick the face-up card. For example, if the face-up card you pick up is 4♠️, your opponent knows that you're looking for 4 rank cards. They may try to block the supply of cards with rank 4 by holding onto them. Therefore, pick up a face-up card only when it completes a meld in your hand so you can potentially knock.

As more cards are discarded, your opponent has a better chance of forming melds and reducing their deadwood count enough to knock. Stay alert about the deadwood in your hand as the game progresses.

Observe the cards your opponent discards. This can provide clues about which cards they don't need, allowing you to avoid discarding those cards to counter their strategy.

Gin Rummy Variations

Gin rummy is one of the most fun and adventurous rummy variations. It blends the simplicity of Rummy with a strategic depth asking for analytical skill from players. There are some exciting variations of Gin rummy card game, too. But not all gin rummy apps can provide all variations.

Oklahoma Gin

In Oklahoma Gin Rummy, the value of the first upcard determines the maximum deadwood count at which players can knock. If the upcard is a spade, the hand's score is doubled. For example, if the upcard is a 4, you can knock with 4 or fewer deadwood points; if it's the 4♠, your score for that hand is doubled. Players can also knock by picking up any discard and forming a meld.

Straight Gin

Straight Gin requires playing until one of the players goes Gin. There is no knocking in the Straight Gin variant. All remaining rules related to gin rummy scoring remain the same as the standard gin rummy.

Mahjong Gin

In Mahjong Gin, there is no knocking. Players can take multiple cards from the discard pile in order, but must use the lowest taken card as the base for their meld. Players can extend each other's melds by adding cards, scoring points. When going gin, the player scores by adding the value of their melds and subtracting their unmelded cards, plus a 25 point bonus for going gin.

Skarney Gin

In Skarney Gin Rummy, players can Skarney (exchange unmatched cards for the upcard) to improve their hand and go Gin. But they risk a 10-point penalty if unsuccessful. This strategic mechanic forces players to carefully evaluate knocking versus skarnying.

Hollywood Gin

Hollywood Gin is a gin rummy scoring style where three games are scored simultaneously. Each player's first win is recorded in the first game, second win in the first two games, and third win in all three games. Subsequent wins are recorded in all three games. After completing three games, bonuses are added to each game's score, and the total scores determine the final score.

Tedesco Gin

In Tedesco Gin, aces are flexible and can form runs "around the corner" (e.g. K-A-2). Unmelded aces deduct 15 points. Hollywood Gin is played in teams of 2-4 people to target scores (200, 300, 250 respectively). Bonuses are awarded if all teammates win (25 or 50 points). This variant adds complexity for players of varying skills.

Sequence Gin

The sequence is Gin is also similar to Oklahoma in many rules with slight variations. It allows players to meld only sequences (not 3 or 4 of a kind). The gin rummy scoring involves 1 point/card bonus for each card in a long sequence of 6 or more cards. Each face card (K, Q, J) in sequences will have a 1-point per card bonus. But these bonuses are not dependent on whether a knock or under knock happens. They only apply in the calculation of final hand scores.

Why Play Gin Rummy on MPL?

Playing gin rummy online requires a user-friendly and comprehensive platform like MPL. But that's not it. There are many reasons to choose the MPL free gin rummy app.


MPL helps you play gin rummy online from the comfort of your home. There is no need of a deck of cards or phyisical opponents. Just with the help of mobile phone, you can play the game to winning.

Variety of Games

MPL offers a wide range of games and tournaments for both free and real cash. If you are tired of playing gin rummy or any other game you're playing, no worry! You can try different.

Competitive Play

MPL offers competitive tournaments if you want to test your skills against other players. You can even win real cash prizes and rewards, all from the comfort of your couch.

Practice Games

The online version of MPL provides an opportunity for newbies and those who want to practise game skills to practise with both AI opponents and real players.

Social Experience

MPL facilitates playing gin rummy with friends and family on the MPL app. There are multiplayer matches, and chat features to enhance your social experience and even make friends. There is no other free gin rummy app better than MPL to get you started!

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