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November 26, 2005

Games For Which I'm Grateful

Continental Rummy
Bogotá, Colombia, circa 1975. My cousins introduced us to this game. It is a variation of Gin Rummy that has loose house rules. We play eight hands, with multiple decks. The hands get progressively more cards dealt, from six to twelve per hand per player. The hands vary in complexity of gameplay as the goals of each hand changes. For example:
  • 01: six cards dealt, build two trios or sets of three of a kind
  • 02: seven cards dealt, build one trio and one escalera or straight flush of four cards
  • 03: eight cards dealt, build two escaleras
  • 04: nine cards dealt, build three trios
  • 05: ten cards dealt, build two trios and one escalera
  • 06: eleven cards dealt, build one trio and two escaleras
  • 07: twelve cards dealt, build three escaleras
  • 08: twelve cards dealt, build four trios
Sometimes there would be eight or ten cousins and four or five decks all at once. We came to know each other as we played. We continue to play this game with friends, old and new.

Posted by SWEAT at November 26, 2005 12:00 PM


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