Rummy in Korea: Interesting Facts About the Game

Rummy is a card game that has been played in many different cultures and countries. The game’s origins are unknown, but it is believed to have originated from India sometime before 1500. Today, Rummy can be found all over the world with variations in rules and play styles.

One variation of this popular card game is called “Japangi” or “Korean Rummy.” This version of Rummy was introduced by American soldiers during the Korean War (1950-1953) when they taught their comrades how to play cards.

Here are some interesting facts about this Japangi aka Korean Rummy:

  • In Korea, Japangi cards are made differently than normal playing cards because there are no hearts in the deck.
  • The game is played with a standard 52-card pack minus all of the heart cards, so that there are only spades and diamonds. This makes it easier to accumulate runs because players can focus on other suit combinations without worrying about getting stuck with no red or black suits—a more common occurrence when playing Rummy with traditional packs.
  • The following rule changes deviate from the original version of Rummy:

A player does not have to discard if they don’t want to but must wait until their next turn before drawing another card.

  • The discard pile is shuffled and placed face down in the middle; then, players take turns picking up cards one at a time from it.
  • After an entire round of discarding, whoever has the lowest run must shuffle all of the discarded piles together and place them to start another round, with each player drawing six cards every turn.

Playing Rummy is a lot simpler than other variations because there are no wild cards or special combinations. However, that being said, it’s just as competitive and fun! You can play Japangi at

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