How to play Michigan rummy


Michigan rummy game can also be called Boodle, Stops, or Newmarket (the British name) in some parts of the world.

Number of players: 3-8

Deck: 1 deck of 52 cards. Ace is a high card, ranking in ascending order from two to Ace.

Object of the Game: the goal of this game is to be the first person to get rid of all the cards, and to play cards that could make the player win additional stakes.

The stakes are placed on a layout to start the Michigan rummy game play. Any layout will do and can be made of any board or a piece of cloth. Using cards from another deck of cards is also OK.

Specific label is placed on the layout of specific cards. For example: Ace of Hearts, King of Clubs, Queen of Diamonds, and Jack of Spades, known as the “pay cards” or “boodle cards.”

Stakes and Dealing: Before dealing the cards, the dealer puts two chips on each of the boodle areas. Other players follow up by placing one chip on each area.

Every hand moves clockwise (left). A dealer always deals out one extra hand. The entire deck of cards in Michigan rummy game is dealt out at the start. After the deal is completed, the players look at and organize their hands, while the spare hand is set aside.

The Play

Michigan rummy starts when a player puts a card face-up on the table. The cards from the different players are not mixed and are played in front of each player until the hand is completed.

A game starts with the person sitting on the dealer’s left. Any suit can be played, but the player must play the lowest card that they are holding in that suit. The player holding the next sequential card in that suit must play it, followed by the next card and so on, until the ace is played or no one has the next card in sequence. If a player puts down a card that nobody can follow because no player has the next card, that card is called the stop card.

After playing a stop card (Ace), the last player resumes play. Note that each player can play any suit they want, as long as they play the lowest card in their hand from that suit.

While a hand is ongoing, if a player can match one of the boodle cards, he gets to take all of the chips that are on that card.

Michigan rummy game ends when a player goes out (run out of cards). Players that are still holding cards must pay the person who went out a penalty of one chip per card remaining in their hands. If there are any chips left on the board, they are left there for the next hand.

Rules in other variations

Free Placement of Chips — In some variations, you begin with each player placing a set number of chips on the board, but you can place them anywhere you want. If you wanted you could put all of your chips on a single card. Because this happens before the players are dealt their cards, there is no way to know which the best cards to bet on are.

The Deal

Dealer takes or auctions spare hands. The dealer in some variations has the option of taking the spare hand if he does not like the hand that was dealt. Players are not allowed to look at the spare hand before deciding whether or not to exchange. If the dealer does not want to make an exchange, he can auction the hand to the highest bidder. The player who makes the winning bid for the spare hand, places their original hand face down on the board. He also gives the dealer the chips to pay for it.

Required Change of Suit: In other house rules, after a stop occurs when an ace is played; the next card that is played must be from a different suit if deemed possible.

If you are unable to play a card in another suit, you may:

  • As a last resort, play the same suit.
  • Pass your turn to the player on the left, if you do not have a different suit than the card last played.
  • The round ends at that point, if no player has any other suit to play. Players do not have to pay for any cards left in their hands.

After all of the cards are dealt, each player will choose five cards from their hand to form their best poker hand. The players lay out the stakes differently than in a regular Michigan/Boodle layout.

A variation of this card game is called “Three in One.”

Michigan rummy is also another version of Rummy 500