What is Oklahoma Gin?
Oklahoma Gin is a card game for 2-4 players, played with a standard 52 card deck. It's a variation on the popular card game Gin Rummy, and it is a game based on skill and knowledge, and not just luck. Oklahoma Gin can be played online or with a deck of cards, but is not typically a feature of too many casinos or card rooms.
In Oklahoma Gin, the goal is to be able to remove cards from your hand by putting them into sets and runs, and to be the first person to have no cards left in your hand.
Rules: How to Play Oklahoma Gin
In order to put all of your cards down on the table in Oklahoma Gin, you need to create runs and sets. A Run is 3 or more cards of the same suit in sequence and a set is 3 or 4 cards of the same value. In addition to the cards each player is dealt for their hand, there is a stick pile and discard pile from which they can use to add cards to their hand; however, each time a new card is picked up, one must be put back. With Oklahoma Gin, players can have no more cards in their hand than the number that was originally dealt (either 7 or 10)
Rules: Here is how a game of Oklahoma Gin Progresses:
- Cards are dealt to each player. In a 2 player game, each player receives 10 cards; while in a 3-4 player game, 7 cards are dealt to each player
- At their turn, each player must pick up a new card from the stick or discard pile to try and make a set or a run. With each card picked up, they can choose to keep it in their hand, and can throw back another card, or put back the new one drawn
There are 3 different ways to win a hand in Oklahoma Gin:
Gin: a player is able to use all of the cards in their hand with no unmatched cards (deadwood) remaining. This means that points are distributed based on the value of the hand alone.
Knock: a player is able to meld some of the cards in their hand, with some remaining unmatched cards becoming deadwood. However, in this case the deadwood count is lower or equal to the face value of the opening card
Undercut: this is a weaker hand, when a player had a deadwood count that is equal to or lower than the knockers.
- Players can call "Gin" by putting their hands down with any of the above, and once a player calls Gin, their opponents can also lay their hands down on the table and try to make sets and runs using the Knocker's (the first player to put their hand down) original melds. This allows players to reduce their penalty points for any cards that they were unable to meld before the first player put down their cards.
- If you only play one hand of the game, this process doesn't necessarily matter, since the Knocker who has the stronger hand with a Gin is the one that wins. But, in a game with multiple rounds which is most common, the player with the highest amount of points at the end of the game wins.
Rules: Point Distribution in Oklahoma Gin
- Gin - player's with Gin receive 25 points; their opponents double the point count for their deadwood which work as penalty points
- Undercut - 20 points are awarded to the Knocker; their opponents receive penalty points calculated by the difference between the winner's deadwood as their own
- Knock - player's with a knock receive 10 points; opponents receive penalty points which are their deadwood total minis the Knocker's deadwood total
Note: Penalty points are valued base on the face value of the cards in the deadwood