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Official Rummoli (Michigan Rummy) Rules

Rummoli or "Michigan Rummy" is a classic board game that combines elements of poker and rummy with a game board that features several different pots or pools where players can place their chips. It is typically played with a deck of cards and poker chips. Here's how to play:


The objective of Rummoli is to win chips by playing various card combinations and capturing the pots on the game board.


1. Game Board: The Rummoli game board has several sections or "pools" where players place their chips. These sections might include pots for specific card combinations, such as "Ace", "King", "Queen", "Jack", "Ten", and "Rummoli".

2. Deck of Cards: Use a standard 52-card deck.

3. Chips: Each player is given an equal number of chips to start.

4. Deal: Deal out all the cards to the players. Some players might have more cards than others if the number of players does not divide evenly into 52.


Poker Phase

  1. Ante: Each player places a chip into each section of the board.

  2. Deal: Each player receives five cards.

  3. Betting: Players bet as in traditional poker (e.g., with a round of betting, raising, and folding).

  4. Winning: The player with the best poker hand wins the poker pot. If no one wins the poker hand (all players fold), the pot carries over to the next round.

Michigan Phase

  1. Discard Poker Hands: Players discard their poker hands.

  2. Deal: The dealer deals the remaining cards so each player has a hand again.

  3. Turns: Players take turns drawing the top card from the deck or the discard pile and then discarding one card.

  4. Melds: Players aim to form melds (sets or runs of cards).

  5. Winning Chips from Board: If a player discards a card matching a specific section (e.g., a King for the King section), they win the chips in that section.

Rummoli Phase

  1. Deal: The dealer deals the remaining cards face up to form the Rummoli layout.

  2. Sequence: Players try to play cards in sequence, starting from the lowest card in the layout.

  3. Winning: The first player to play all their cards wins the chips in the Rummoli pot.

Winning the Game

  • Win chips by playing various card combinations and capturing the pots on the game board.


Additional Rules

  • Pot Carryover: If no one wins a specific pot (e.g., no one discards a King), the chips remain in that section and carry over to the next round.

  • Running Out of Chips: If a player runs out of chips, they are out of the game. The remaining players continue until one player has won all the chips.

  • Winning the Game: The game can be played for a set number of rounds or until one player accumulates all the chips.

Tips for Playing

  • Poker Strategy: Play conservatively during the poker phase to avoid losing too many chips early.

  • Observing Opponents: Pay attention to the cards your opponents are discarding and drawing; it can give you clues about their hands.

  • Managing Chips: Be strategic about placing chips in the different pots and try to win back as many chips as possible during each phase.

Rummoli is a fun, multifaceted game that blends luck and strategy, making it a great choice for family gatherings and game nights. Enjoy playing!

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