Why do they include jokers in a deck of cards?

Rummy has been designated a game of skill or mere skill. Indian Rummy is a popular 13 card game. The basic objective of these games is to improve one's Hand, that is, whatever cards one has, by drawing and discarding cards and forming sets. Certain rules have to be followed while making these sets.

A Deck of cards consists of 52 cards of 4 Suits with 13 cards each and a joker - A joker can be used in place of any card to form runs or sets.

One card from the rest of the deck (remainder after dealing the cards to the players) is randomly selected and becomes a Joker for that particular game. All cards of the exact rank in any suit similar to the card are considered as that. If during the deal a player receives the Printed Joker, an Ace is also considered to be a joker in that game. A Joker is allowed to be used in place of any cards when forming a set. However, the player has to ensure that they have a sequence without a Joker card to be eligible to use the one as stated above.

Joker is the key card for the player, more the jokers in their hand; more is the possibility of winning the game.  Jokers are important in the game of rummy and players need to focus on making the best use of that in their game. They must use the joker card to complete a run or set of higher point’s value. 

The beginning of a game of Rummy may seem slow, but as the table builds up, more and more handlings are possible. In the early stages of the game it may be a good idea to hold back some cards, so that other players also open their game and provide more opportunities for manipulation.

Keeping a joker on one’s hand may also be a good strategy – although one risks being caught with a joker on the hand when another player places a show. They can be substituted for any card in a set, irrespective of the card’s value or suit, and they always score the value of the card they represent.

 A joker can be retrieved from a set played on the table, by any player who can replace the joker on his turn with a card of the exact same value and suit it represents. In the case of a group of three cards, the joker can be replaced by a card of either of the missing suits (with the correct value).

A joker that has been replaced must be used on the player’s same turn, as part of a new set, along with a card or cards from player’s hand.

Jokers are needed in a deck of cards; it builds the enthusiasm of players and supports them throughout the play.

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