500 Rum

500 Rum card is used a typical 52 card deck two jokers, 54 cards altogether. It may be played between 2-8 players, and in the event of more than six people, two decks (108 cards) are required.

500 Rum


The aim is to be the first player to obtain 500 total net points by laying matched number sets of 3 or 4 and /or sequences of 3 or maybe more cards of the same suit.


Melds consist of groups of three or more cards of the same sequence rank, such as J J J or a sequence consisting of three or more consecutive cards in the same suit such as 5 6 7.

Ranks of cards

Ace(can be high or low), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A.

How to play

Regarding two players, each is dealt 10 cards. If you will find more players, each is dealt 7 cards. The meld is counted on the basis of the value of individual cards.

  • High Aces-15 points
  • Low Aces-1point
  • King, Queen, Jack -10 points
  • Other cards- their face value

Exception: If an ace is melded in a sequence meld with 2 and 3 of the same suit, it scores 1 point. If in a meld with Q and K of the same suit, then it scores 15 points.

Starting the Game

The play begins at the dealer’s left. The players have the choice to either simply take the most notable card from the stock or any card in the discard pile provided that the card is instantly used in a meld or lay off.

If you decide to take a card from the discard pile, you must take all the cards above usually the one you simply take. These cards can be both beneficial or disastrous given that they could offer additional opportunities to meld, and with the same accord, they can make it difficult to get out.

In every turn, each player is needed to place their melds on the table in front after you draw a card or before you discard. Players also provide the possibility to lay off cards with their own or other player’s melds.

These lay-offs donate to your score, and they also needs to be positioned on the table before you. Take into account that a card may be let go on yet another lay-off card. For instance , if a 7 was used as a laid of a 6-5-4 meld, you can still use an 8 to lay off the 7.

Exception of lay-Offs

You cannot use a lay-off card to a sequence that ‘goes around a corner. For example , when you yourself have an A, K, Q, sequence, you can't use a 2, nor seeking a K to lay off an A, 2, 3 sequence.

The end

The overall game ends whenever a player melds or lays off all his/her cards. If no player fades, the game ends when the stock runs out.

Scoring and winning

Each player totals their melds and lay-offs then subtracts the value of the cards left inside their hand. If the value of the cards left in hand has a higher value compared to the total score of their melds and lay-offs, this means they will have a poor score.

The winner of the game may be the first player to score 500 points. If more than one players have points exceeding 500, the player with the most points wins.

Frequently asked question

How many players can play 500 Rum?

Min 2 players and max 8. Best is 3 – 5.

How many cards are used?

For 2 players use 1 deck of cards and for more then 6 players use 2 decks.

How do i win?

You win this game by being the first player to score 500.