Gin Rummy Strategy
Every great game has players who use great strategies to
win. Gin is easy enough for any one to learn; however, it is
also challenging enough to have several complex strategies.
Try the Gin Rummy strategies out one by
one, or all at once. See which ones work best for you. The
player who uses the best strategies and uses the most of his
knowledge will come out ahead. Below you will find a list of
some of the best strategies available for players:
Gin Rummy Strategy Tips
- Always discard the higher cards first
that cannot be melded.
- Knock early in the game.
- Do not pick up a discarded card unless
you can use it towards a set or a run.
- Do not speculate when picking up cards.
For example, just because you have one card, do not pick
up a discarded card in the hopes of finding the third
card down the road.
- Keep track of the discarded cards. For
example if you know that two queens have already been
discarded, do not keep the other two queens.
- Discard a card that the other player
cannot use. It is best to discard a card that is ordered
one level higher or lower and of a different suit than
what the other player discarded. For example, if the
other player discarded a 9 of hearts, then you should
discard a 9 or 10 of spades, diamonds or clubs.
- Cards in the middle, like the 7, offer
more benefits than other low numbered cards or face
cards. They can be used in a greater number of ways and
in longer runs.
- Watch out so that the other player does
not underknock. (For definition of undercut see the
overview of the rules).
- If you do hold onto high scoring cards
at the start of the game, you may be able to pick up the
other player’s discarded high scoring cards as well;
therefore, you could reduce your deadwood count
- Change up the type of cards you discard.
Do not ALWAYS discard high scoring cards and do not
ALWAYS discard low scoring cards.
- Watch how you organize your cards. When
you draw from the stock pile, just stick the card in
your hand and then discard. Do not try to reorganize and
then discard. That way, the other player does not know
that you have discarded anything that was once important
- If the other player picks up a discarded
card, try to figure out if it is for a set or a run. If
you figure out what the other player wanted it for, you
can potentially keep other cards that he may want for
- Throw away a card to let the other
player’s guard down. For example, if you need the 8 of
Hearts to make a Heart run, throw down the 8 of Clubs.
Then, the other player may throw down the 8 of Hearts
thinking you do not need it. Notice whether the other
player is doing the same thing and whether he falls prey
to you doing this.