Michigan Rummy Rules

Michigan Rummy Rules

Michigan Rummy — Casino style game
Three in One (Tripoley) — Casino style game

Michigan Rummy Casino style game
The casino-style game is also known as Tripoli. The object of the game is to get rid of all of the cards in your hand. The player at the end with the collects the most chips, wins! Each hand has three levels, Hearts, Poker and Michigan.

Michigan Rummy Tray


Players: 3 to 8
Age: 8 and up

Suggested items for play
14" plastic game tray with 9 compartments
4 stacks of betting chips (96 Pcs.)
1 standard deck of 52 playing cards

How to play Michigan Rummy
Two is low and ace is always high. Each player draws a card and whoever draws the highest card deals.

Betting chips
Before the hand begins, every player with the exception of the dealer, places one chip into each of the eight compartments and the bonus compartment in the center of the tray. The dealer then places two chips into all nine compartments.

The deal
The dealer deals out all the cards in the deck beginning with the player on his left. All players including the dealer and one dummy hand obtains the entire deck of cards. At the end of each round the dummy hand is dealt. It is not necessary that all of the payers receive the same number of cards. The dealer can exchange the dummy hand for his own, only if his hand does not contain any bonus cards. The bonus cards are illustrated on the playing tray. The dealer can sell the dummy hand to the highest bidder. Only players whose have no bonus cards are eligible to bid. The dealer keeps the chips paid for the extra hand. The player that buys the hand plays only that hand. The person that plays the extra hand is the only one who ever sees it.

The hand—
Each hand has three stages, one called Hearts, one called Poker, and one called Michigan. Complete rules for Hearts, Poker ranking & Michigan.

The play
The player on the left of the dealer plays first. He can play any suit but must play the lowest card in that suit. The player holding the next highest card in sequence in the same suit plays it. this continues with the next player and so on until the sequence is ended either by the ace or by a card in the dummy hand. When the sequence ends the last player begins the next series by discarding the lowest card in a suit opposite color of the last sequence. If he is unable to do so, his turn passes to the player on the left.

Example play
A player played the Spade10. The sequence stopped because the SpadeJ was in the dummy hand. The same player initiates a new sequence by leading his Heart3. If the next and any other player does not have a red card in their hands, the play returns to the first player who may play a card of the same color.

Money cards
A player can collect on a money card when he discards the money card during proper sequence of play. When the money card is played, he collects all the chips in the designated compartment. Some of the money cards (7, 8 and 9) of any suit or HeartQ, HeartK must be played in sequence.

If a player leads with a card that is not the lowest in that suit, he must pay one chip to each player and is not allowed to collect for any money cards he plays following this error for the current hand.

If a player does not play a card when he is allowed to, thereby causing a sequence to end, may not collect on any money cards for the remainder of the hand. If the hand ends with chips still on the money card of the suit of a card illegally withheld, the offender must pay and equal amount of chips as those in the compartment to the player (if any) who still holds the money card. If the offender goes out first, he cannot collect any bonus chips, and the game continues.

Object of the game

  • To get rid of all of the cards in your hand
  • To play a bonus and collect. To collect all of the chips from the center jackpot by getting rid of all of the cards in your hand.
  • Chips in the section Poker Pool are given to the player at the end of the game who has the best ranking poker hand.

Detailed rules for the Michigan Rummy - Casino style game.
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Three in One (Tripoley) — Casino style game
This casino-style game is played in three stages: The collection of relevant stakes, Poker and the final stage is a Stops game similar to Michigan or Boodle.

Three in One pad

Players: Best for 4 to 7, possible 2 to 9

Suggested items of play
1 board cloth marked to receive stakes
4 stacks of betting chip (96 Pcs.)
1 standard deck of 52 playing cards

How to play Three in One
Play begins with each player placing nine chips on the game cloth... one chip en each of the labeled spaces of the game cloth. Card ranking is from low to high: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A.

The deal
The dealer deals the cards one-at-a-time, to each player plus a spare hand that does not belong to anyone. The dealer has the right to exchange his hand for the spare hand. The dealer cannot see the contents of the hand before the exchange. If the dealer decides to exchange hands, he must lay his hand face down. That hand now becomes the spare hand. Cards between the two hands cannot be combined.

Alternatively, the dealer can offer the spare hand to the highest bidder (if any). The buyer places his hand face down on the table and pays the dealer in chips the amount bid for the spare hand.

Players keep the same cards for all three stages of the game, there will be no new deal from here on.

Stage #1Collecting stakes for pay cards
Anyone holding an HeartA, HeartK, HeartQ, HeartJ or Heart10 takes all the chips from that space).

If a player has a HeartK and HeartQ, that player takes all the chips from the HeartKing-Queen space and also takes the chips from the HeartK and HeartQ spaces.

The chips in the 8-9-10 space can be taken by a player who has an 8-9-10 sequence in one suit such as Club8 - Club9 - Club10. If two or more of the players have 8-9-10 in different suits, they share the chips equally leaving any remainder for the next winner.

Stage #2Poker
All players select 5 cards from their hand that they wish to play poker with. The remaining cards are temporarily placed aside. You may not want to pick the best poker hand especially if you do not want to reveal your cards until the stops part of the game. Refer to Ranking of poker hands to brush-up on poker combinations.

Poker bets are then placed in the pot area. Betting starts with the player on the dealers left. That player can either bet by putting additional chip or chips in the pot, or he can check. If the first player checks, the next player can bet or check. This continues with the other players clockwise around the table. If everyone checks, all pokers hands are exposed and the player with the highest hand wins the pot.

If a player bets, subsequent players cannot check. After the bet, players have three options:

  1. Pass or fold — Drop out of the betting and relinquish the chances to win the pot. Any chips placed into the pot by this player will go to the winner.
  2. Call or see — The player places into the pot enough chips to equal to the total number the previous player bet or raised
  3. Raise — The player places into the pot enough chips needed to call, plus additional chips

Betting continues clockwise around the table until one of the following two things happens.

  1. All players except one have folded. This player takes all the chips in the pot. Since none of the players hands are exposed, it does not matter who had the best hand
  2. All players who have not folded put in equal stakes. This happens when after a bet or raise, all players fold or call. In this case there is a showdown between these players. Hands are exposed with the highest hand winning the pot. Players who have folded do not expose their hands. They cannot win even if their hands were superior to the players taking part in the showdown

After a showdown and two or more players have equal hands, the pot is split equally between them with any remainder carried over to the next deal.

It is good practice to establish a limit on the bets, and limit on raises.

Stage #3Michigan
After the poker stage, all players unite their poker hands with the remainder of the hand and play the game Michigan. Go here to brush-up on the game of Michigan. The winner of the poker stage begins play by leading a card face up. If there was a tie for the pot, the first winning player clockwise left of the dealer begins play. The card led can be any suit, but must be the lowest card held in that suit.

The player holding the next higher card of the led suit must play it, by laying it down face up in front of them. This continues with the remaining players until an ace is laid down or until no one holds the next higher card of the suit. The last card played is the stop card. This can happen because the next higher card in the suit is in the spare hand, or been played previously.

When the end of sequence is reached the player who laid down the ace or stop card begins again. Any suit except the suit just played can be played. This goes on until another stop is reached. Play continues until a player runs out of cards. The player who ran out of all his cards wins all the chips in the kitty and also wins from each player a number of chips that are equal in number to the number of cards left their hands.

If a player who has played an ace or top cannot lead again, because all their remaining cards are in the same suit that was just played, the turn passes to the player o his left. If that person also only has the suit just played, the turn pass to the left until a player has a suit to lead. If no one has another suit the play ends. Everyone then places a chip for each card they hold. The chips remain on the layout to be won by the winner of stage three of the next deal.

End of game
The game can continue as long as the players wish. Rather than sharing the remaining chips among the players, it is usual that they be played for. This can be done by playing an extra round of poker. Whoever wins takes all the chips.

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