It is often said that the true test of the skill of a Rummy Player can only be tested at the Pool Rummy Table. Designed around a tourney format, Pool Rummy needs the player to play his best in every single game.
In a regular Points Rummy format, the player has a chance to recover huge losses through huge gains. However, in the pool rummy format, losses are a sunken cost and cannot be recovered.
This is how the points system works in Pool Rummy: -
1) For every Game, the winner is attracts zero points and the losers attract the number of points in the hand on Show.
2) As soon as a player reaches the respective Pool Rummy Point Count- such as 101 in 101 Pool or 201 in 201 Pool, the player loses his seat at the table and is deemed to be eliminated from the tournament. 101 and 201 are the most popular game formats each expected to last about 6-7 games and 14-15 games respectively. These figures can vary on the basis of the skill level of the players. The 501 format is not uncommon too, though it demands a significant degree of concentration and stamina.
3) The last person to remain on the table, that is the last man still standing with a point score of less than 101/201 etc, is declared to be the winner on the table.
How are the winnings decided?
The winnings of the Pool rummy are pre-decided based on the number of players on the Table. The Card-room/ Gaming Website deducts a standard rake on the Pool Rummy which is slightly higher than the Rake on a Points Rummy Game. However, unlike in a Points Rummy Game, where the rake is deducted on each Game, in a Pool Rummy Game the rake is deducted only once at the beginning of the Pool and hence, turns out to be much lower than the rake contributed on Points Rummy.
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