Rules to Shanghi (Shanghai) Rummy

1. lowest score wins.

2. 10 hands are played. Each player is dealt 7 cards

3. buys are the ability to acquire a card on the discount pile when it is not your turn. When a payer discards a card, you have the ability to "buy" it in order to complete the hands requirements.

If more than one person wants the card, the person who is nearest to the person who discounted the card, starting on the right wins the card.

Each person has a limited number of "buys". "Buys" carry over from one hand to the next. Example: If you didn't use your 3 "buys" in the first hand,
you will have 6 "buys" in the second.

Checkers are good for keeping track of buys, but just about any  group of items could be used. (we used oreos once)

In hands  1 through 7, each player gets 3 buys.
hands 8 & 9 each player gets 4 more buys.
Hand 10, each player gets 5 more buys.

4. each hand has a different objective to accomplish. For example, the first hand requires 2 sets of three of a kind.
The following is the list of hand requirements:

Hand 1: 2 sets of 3 Hand 2: 1 run of 4, 1 set of 3  Hand 3: 2 runs of 4
Hand 4: 3 sets of 3 Hand 5: 1 run of 7, 1 set of 3 Hand 6: 1 run of 5, 2 sets of 3
Hand 7: 3 runs of 4 Hand 8: 1 run of 10, 1 set of 3 Hand 9: 1 run of 5, 3 sets of 3
Hand 10: 3 runs of 5

5. Depending on how many people are playing, you will need more than one deck of standard playing cards:

2 people-one deck         3 to 5 people-2 decks of cards       6 to 8 people- 3 decks, etc.


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