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Michigan Rummy
Number of players
Age
Suggested items for play
Playing Michigan Rummy
Betting chips
Object of the game
The deal
The hand
The play
Example play
Money cards
Penalties
Object of the game

 

 

MICHIGAN RUMMY — Rummy card game rules

Michigan Rummy

Michigan Rummy
Michigan Rummy is a Casino style game and is also known as Tripoli. The object of the game is to get rid of all of the cards in your hand. The player at the end with the the most chips, wins! There are three levels en each hands, Hearts, Poker and Michigan.

Number of players
3 to 8

Age
8 and up

Suggested items for play
14" nine compartment plastic game tray
4 stacks of betting chips (96 Pcs.)
1 standard deck of 52 playing cards

How to play Michigan Rummy

Two is low and ace is always high. Each player draws a card and whoever draws the highest card deals.

Betting chips

Before the hand begins, every player with the exception of the dealer, places one chip into each of the eight compartments and the bonus compartment in the center of the tray. The dealer then places two chips into all nine compartments.

Michigan Rummy game tray

Object of the game

The object of the game is to get rid of all of the cards in your hand. The player at the end with the most chips, wins! Each hand has three levels, Hearts, Poker and Michigan.

The deal

The dealer hands out all the cards in the deck beginning with the player on his left. All players including himself and one dummy hand receives the entire deck. The dummy hand is dealt at the finish of each round. It is not necessary for all payers to receive the same number of cards. The dealer has the right to exchange the dummy hand for his own, only if his hand does not contain any bonus cards. These bonus cards are illustrated on the playing tray. The dealer may also sell the dummy hand to the highest bidder. Only players whose hands do not contain bonus cards are eligible to bid. The dealer keeps the chips paid for the extra hand. The player that buys the hand plays only that hand. The person that plays the extra hand is the only one who ever sees it.

The hand

Each hand has three stages, one called Hearts, one called Poker, and one called Michigan. Detailed rules for Poker ranking, Hearts, and Michigan.

The play

The player on the left of the dealer plays first. He can play any suit but must play the lowest card in that suit. The player holding the next highest card in sequence in the same suit plays it. This continues with the following player and so on until the sequence is ended either by the ace or by a card in the dummy hand. When the sequence ends the last player begins the next series by discarding the lowest card in a suit opposite color of the last sequence. If he is unable to do so, his turn moves to the player on the left.

Example play

A player played the 10 spade. The sequence stopped because the J spadewas in the dummy hand. The same player initiates a new sequence by leading his 3 heart. If the next and any other player does not have a red card in their hands, the play returns to the first player who may play a card of the same color.

Money cards

A player can collect on a money card when he discards the money card during proper sequence of play. When the money card is played, he collects all the chips in the designated compartment. Some of the money cards (7, 8 and 9) of any suit or Q heart, K heart must be played in sequence.

Penalties

If a player leads with a card that is not the lowest in that suit, he must pay one chip to each player and is not allowed to collect for any money cards he plays following this error for the current hand.

If a player fails to play a card when he is able, thus causing a sequence to end, may not collect on any money cards for the remainder of the hand. If the hand ends with chips still on the money card of the suit of a card illegally withheld, the wrongdoer must pay an equal amount of chips as those in the compartment to the player (if any) who still holds the money card. If the wrongdoer goes out first, he cannot collect any bonus chips, and the game proceeds.

Object of the game

  • To get rid of all of the cards in your hand
  • To play a bonus and collect. To collect all of the chips in the center jackpot by getting rid of the cards in your hand.
  • Chips in the compartment called Poker Pool are awarded to the player at the end of the game who has the highest ranking poker hand.

Where to buy the Michigan Rummy game.

If you want to play Michigan Rummy right now, but don't have the nine compartment plastic game tray, you can download a PDF file that contains 4 pages that are to be joined together. Each page prints out on a standard US letter size of 8 1/2" x 11" and when the 4 sheets are glued together, you have a suitable game pad. This will keep your game going until you buy the Michigan Rummy game.

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