I was taught this as a young child by my grandmother. It's how my family plays what we call rummy, but I cannot find anything like it online:

Two plus players (we've played up to 4), all dealt 7 cards. Deck is placed face down and one card turned up, player to the right goes first. They can either pick up the face up card or the top card from the deck, then discard a single card. Next player can either pick up the top card from the discard pile, or the entire discard pile, or a single card from the deck, then discard a single card. Play continues like this.

Players can put down runs of 3 or more and melds of 3 or more at any time during their turn. Following this, a player that has put down a run or a meld of their own can on their turn add to other players runs and melds (keeping them with their own cards, so say player one had 7, 8, 9 and 10 of hearts down... player two as long as they've also go their own run/meld placed down can put down just a jack of hearts, player one could then place down just a queen of hearts, etc.)... you can choose to put down your runs and melds immediately upon getting them or you can hold them and half the deck in your hand (if you keep picking up the discard pile) until you can go out, by having no cards left in your hand. It's up to you. You don't need to give any warnings before going out, and going out does not require discarding a card.

  • You are going counter-clockwise? I have never seen that in any cardgame except in games like UNO where certain cards reverse the playing order. Sep 8, 2014 at 0:04
  • Rummy is one of many games whose name is used very loosely to describe many different similar games. It's entirely possible that your family was playing its own version.
    – Eben
    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:36
  • Other than the counter-clockwise thing, and no mention of points, it sounds similar to Rummy 500; rules here: rummy.com/rummy500.html
    – Sconibulus
    Sep 10, 2014 at 20:58

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It seems to exactly fit the rules of the French game Rami, which must be one of the variations of the Rummy, i guess. I did not even know there were different kind of Rummy.

  • Can you show evidence of this variant? Sep 9, 2014 at 11:52
  • I can't find anything which is not in French, but if you have basics, the Wikipedia page (FR) seems quite easy to understand.
    – Aye1
    Sep 9, 2014 at 14:34

I think it's Rummy 500 or 500 Rummy. Did you look for this variation in the Official Hoyal Card Game Rule book?

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