How to Play Gin Rummy: Card Games : Counting Deadwood in Gin Rummy

How to Play Gin Rummy: Card Games : Counting Deadwood in Gin Rummy


Hi, this is Gary Zyer for Expert Village.
Before we see what knocking means in points and scoring, let’s look at a few more rules
of knocking and some other ways that the game can end. We’ve mentioned before that the opponent
has the option to lay off some of his deadwood cards on the other player’s melds. But, if
the knocker presented a Gin hand, the opponent is not allowed to lay off cards. Also, the
knocker can never lay off deadwood cards on the opponents set or runs. Once a person knocks,
at this point play would stop and the winner of the hand is the one with the lower point
value in their deadwood cards. The play can also end if the stock pile goes down to two
cards and the person who took the third-to-last card discards it without Gin or knocking.
If this happens, and no one gets Gin or knocks, the hand is cancelled, there’s no score for
that hand, and the same dealer deals again. Others play that since there is one card in
the discard pile, if the opponent can use that card to make Gin or to knock, he is allowed
to take the card in the discard pile. If the other player is not able to knock or to have
a Gin hand by taking the card in the discard pile, then the play stops and the hand is
cancelled.

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