You have entered the wonderful world of Rummy 500
rules. Rummy 500, or 500 Rum is an exciting card
game that will entertain and challenge you, time and time
again. You will find an overview of the rules, the history,
some tips to help you strategically and a few variations to
the game of Rummy 500. Whether it is your first time to play
the game, or whether you have been playing Rummy 500 for
years, you can always know that a good time will be had by
The game of Rummy 500 uses an entire deck of cards and
can be played by two to five players at once. The object of
the game, as the name implies, is to score 500 points.
Below are the rules of the game:
- Each player is dealt seven cards. The rest of
the cards that have not been dealt are also placed, face
down, in the center of the table and are called stock
cards. Only the top card is flipped, face up and placed
in a stack next to the face down card. This card starts
the discard pile.
- Players can reorganize their cards and the person
to the dealer’s left will go first. The direction of
play will continue to the left.
- When it is a player’s turn, he can either draw
the top card from the stock pile and can keep it hidden
from the other players, or he may pick up as many cards
as he wants from the discarded card pile. However,
if a player goes beyond the top card in the discard
pile, he must immediately play that card, and take all
the cards on top of that card.
- The player may play any of the other cards that
he picked up, as well. You can play as many cards as
“legally” possible with each turn.
- Each player’s turn ends when he discards a card.
Discards must be made so that the card is visible to the
- Any card picked up can either be played on a
series that he has built among his own cards, or among a
series that had already been built by other players.
- If a player cannot discard a card, play continues
and when it is that player’s turn again, he simply draws
another card. That card will either be playable, or
if not, it is discarded face down and the hand is
- The hand is finished whenever a player discards
his final card, too. A card cannot be discarded if
it is playable, and that last discard can be verified by
the other players.
- If there are no cards left in the stock pile, and
the next player does not want any cards from the discard
pile, the hand is finished, as well.
- When the hand is over, count your score.
500 Rummy Scoring
Keeping Score in Rummy 500:
- Count the score the cards that you have played.
This includes any sequences you have laid down, any
cards you have played off of your sequences, and any
cards that you have played off other players’ sequences.
Then, count the score of the cards that you have left in
your hand. Subtract the score of the cards left from the
score of the cards played, that will be your final score
for that hand
- Any cards numbered 2 thru 9 are worth 5 points
- Any 10s, Jacks, Queens, or Kings are worth 10
- Aces are worth a whopping 15 points each. UNLESS,
it is part of a suit with a 2 and a 3, or if it is
placed off of a 2 in a sequence. Then, it is only worth
- If your final score for that hand is a negative
number, you have a negative score. The first person
to reach 500 or more points, wins the game. If two
people reach 500 during the same hand, the highest score
The Sequences (or Combinations or Melds) that are played
in Rummy 500:
- Three or four cards of the same rank. For example,
- At least three consecutive cards of the same suit.
For example, the 3, 4, and 5 of Diamonds.
- Aces can count as either a high card or a low card.
For example, Ace, 2, and 3 of Diamonds is fine. Queen,
King and Ace of Diamonds would be fine too. But you
cannot lay down a King, Ace and 2 of Diamonds.
- You can also lay a card off of cards already on the
table. For example, if you or another player has three
Queens, you can lay down the fourth Queen. Or if you or
someone else has placed a 6, 7, and 8 of Hearts on the
table, you can lay down the 9 of Hearts to that
- You can also lay off a card off of a lay off card.
For example, If 5, 6, and 7 of Hearts was laid on the
table. Then, someone laid down an 8 of Hearts. You can
lay down a 9 of Hearts.
- NOTE: It is not mandatory that you lay off cards.
- NOTE 2: If a card could be laid off more than one
sequence, you must state which sequence you are playing