12-Step Rummy—A Card Game Beyond Compare

Do you want to know more about how to play rummy in 12 easy steps? You are in the right place. Yet another interesting contract rummy game, this variant of the popular card entertainer is fast catching the eye of serious players and amateurs alike.



To be the very first player in the group to have 212 contracts of completed combinations in hand. In case two players manage to complete at the same time, the one with lesser points wins.


If you are planning to play a round with 2 to 5 players, then you need to have 2 decks of standard 52 cards in your hand. Effectively, you will be playing with 108 cards in total. Shuffle the cards well and deal out 13 cards to every player. The last card is placed face up on the discard pile. Remember, another player has to cut the deck before you distribute the cards.


1. The player stationed to the left of the dealer starts the game.

2. Players’ may either pick up the card lying on top of the stock/discard pile. A card has to be picked up on each turn and another/same has to be discarded after the turn moves on to the next player.

3. To get the contract in place, players have to lay down the right combinations, all at once.

4. Once a player has succeeded in making his contract, he is allowed to lay down cards on the tableau of another player.

5. A player is allowed to liberate the wild cards of another player, by replacing them with the cards they represent.

6. A player cannot liberate his own wild card and the same must be played in the very round in which it is picked up.

7. The round goes on until a player discards his/her last card. The points remaining in the hands of other players are then counted and added to the score card.

8. A player is allowed to make only a single contract in one round. If he/she fails to make a contract in a single round, then he must continue working on the same in the subsequent rounds.

9. If there are no more cards left in the stock pile before the culmination of the game, then all the cards in the discard pile are gathered, shuffled and placed face down as a new stock pile.

Card combinations

Jokers and 2s are considered as wildcards. The wildcards need to be separated by ‘real‘ cards in a run, while in an n-of-a-kind set, they may be used side-by-side. Aces are counted as either low or high (J-Q-K-A and A-2-3-4, and are both accepted as legal combinations). Remember, the runs and sequences must belong to the same suit.

12-Step Rummy and various other variants of the game are popular among the game lovers. With advancements in technology, these card games are no longer limited to casinos, card rooms, clubs, social gatherings and homes. You can now play them online as well—anywhere and at anytime!