Kalooki is a one of the popular Rummy variation that combines the Joker cards as well. This variation is very popular in UK and European countries. The Jokers improve the experience of the game and allow the players using the skills they purchase.
In this game when player decide to meld his cards in the first time, it has to be with sum of 51 and more of sets and runs. The winner is the first player who gets rid of the cards in his hand if it’s at once, this move call ‘Hunt’, or if by steps while melding the sets and runs and adding un matching cards to other suits in the table.
Rules – Every player gets 13 cards in the beginning. The game played with 2 decks of cards, 52 cards each + 2 Jokers. The ace count as 1 or 11 and the Joker as 25 points.
The Joker can be used in any set or run instead of any other missing card. When you use the Joker in set, the Joker count like the card he represents. Standard round composed of 2 parts:
1. Drawing a card from the stock pile or from the discard pile in the beginning of every round.
2. Discarding a card that you don’t really need to the discard pile in the end of every round.
In this game you can keep cards in your hand and use them whenever you decide on other suits on the table. After you meld your sets and runs on the table, you have the option to start adding cards into other suits on the table.
How can you release the Joker and use it on your own? In set of 3 cards, you can release the Joker only with 2 of the missing cards, for example if the suit is 10 hearts, 10 spades and Joker so you can take the Joker only if you have the other 2 missing 10’s, diamonds and clubs.
In run you can release the Joker when you have the missing card that the Joker represents, and use the Joker in other place.
When player win the game by making the ‘Hunt’ move, the other players be fined in 25 negative points on top of the value of the cards in their hand.
Attention – in Kalooki, you can’t meld your hand after other player gets rid of his cards before. The game is finish and the other players can’t do anything with their cards.