8 Interesting Rummy Trivia

by Scott Gabriel on March 26, 2014

Did you know Rummy is the third most popular game in the world? It is also the highest played 13 card game online. Since the origin of the game, it has undergone a metamorphosis and has evolved into a widely accepted game with its many versions and formats. While playing Rummy is exciting, some of the lesser known trivia about this game are really interesting.

Rummy: Interesting Trivia

Here are some fun facts about Rummy. These can help you show off your knowledge the next time you play this game online!
1. The origin of Rummy has been a disputed issue ever since it gained popularity. Some believe it originated from the Spanish card game, Conquian, which was played by kings in the 19th century. Others say Rummy came from a French variant of Poker. It is also believed that Rummy may have come from the Chinese game of Mahjong, played with tiles rather than cards. But the exact genesis of the game is still not confirmed.
2. Rummy is said to have got its name from ‘Rum Poker’. ‘Rum’ is a common slang in the UK which means ‘odd’ or ‘peculiar’. When the card game was first introduced, it was associated with the slang ‘rum’ signifying that the game was unusual or odd. The name eventually evolved as rummy.
3. There are more than 20 variations of the game and more than a hundred local versions as well. Gin Rummy, one of the variants of Rummy, became so popular that it generated many other commercial variants of the game.
4. Rummy is believed to be the game that has given birth to other popular games, such as Bridge and Pinochle. This makes Rummy the mother of nearly all modern card games.
5. ‘Rum’ is a common slang in the UK which means ‘odd’ or ‘peculiar’. When the card game was first introduced, it was associated with the slang ‘rum’ signifying that the game was unusual or odd. The name eventually evolved as rummy.
6. Rummy as a game is good for improving memory of the players. The game requires mental agility to win, as one needs to remember the cards being discarded or picked from the discard pile by the opponents. Regularly playing the game tends to develop the ability to remember facts. Rummy is easy to learn skill game, check how to play rummy online at RummyCircle.
7. It is believed that Rummy was previously played for the alcoholic drink, Rum. The one who lost would need to buy the next round of drinks for the table.
8. An interest thing about the design of the cards is that all the queen of diamonds is the only one among the four queen cards that has a slight smile. Among the king cards, the king of spade and club hold swords, while the king of hearts and diamonds have a weapon behind their head.

One interesting fact is that a recent south Indian movie was called Rummy, but it has nothing to do with the game! However, there are several trivia, myths and theories surrounding the exciting card game of Rummy.

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