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Intro: How to play the growing Rummy game of Kalooki
Written on Monday 8th of December 2008

How to play Kalooki

Kalooki is a popular Rummy variation that combines the Joker cards with the main deck. This variation is most commonly played in UK and European countries. The Jokers improve the experience of the game and allow the players to use skill, whilst trying to defeat their opponent.

Game type: Card came
Family: Rummy
Total Cards: 106 (2 decks + 2 jokers)
No of players: 2-5
Scoring: Points

When player decide to merge/meld their cards in Kalooki, it has to be a sum of 51 or more in sets and runs. The winner of each hand is the first player to get rid of all the cards in their hand. If it’s at once, this move is called the ‘Hunt’. It is normally done in steps by merging the sets and runs and adding up matching cards to other suits in the table.

Kalooki Rules
Every player gets 13 cards in the beginning. The game is played with 2 decks of cards, 52 cards each + 2 Jokers. The ace counts 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 may be counted as any other card in the deck. This is particularly helpful if you are missing a vital card in a run. 
A Standard Kalooki round is composed of 2 parts:
In Kalooki you can keep cards in your hand and use them whenever you can lay a set or run. After you merge your sets and runs on the table, you have the option to start adding cards into other suits on the table.

Releasing the joker
In a 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 a run you can release the Joker when you have the missing card that the Joker represents, and use the Joker in the missing cards place.

When a player calls the ‘Hunt’ move, the other players will be fined 25 negative points on top of the value of the cards in their hand.

Once a player has managed to lay down all 13 of their cards, all remaining players must add up the total of their remaining cards and this will be recorded.

When one player remains with a score no greater than 150 points then they will be determined the winner.

If you like Kalooki then you may also enjoy our Rummy review, with details about how to play this popular card game.