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Gin Rummy Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Trivia quiz questions with answers about gin rummy

 

Gin Rummy Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

What is gin rummy?
A: Gin rummy, or simply gin, is a two-player card game.

Who created it in 1909?
A: Elwood T. Baker and his son C. Graham Baker.

It is a variant of what card game?
A: Rummy.

Gin rummy is played with what kind of deck of cards?
A: A standard 52-card pack of cards.

The ranking from high to low is what?
A: King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace.

What is the objective in gin rummy?
A: To score points and reach an agreed number of points or more, usually 100, before the opponent does.

What is the basic game strategy?
A: The basic game strategy is to improve one's hand by forming melds and eliminating deadwood.

 
Gin has what two types of meld?
A: Sets of 3 or 4 cards sharing the same rank, e.g. 8♥ 8♦ 8♠; and runs of 3 or more cards in sequence, of the same suit, such as 3♥ 4♥ 5♥ or more.

What are deadwood cards?
A: Cards that are not in any meld.

Aces are considered what?
A: Low, they can form a set with other aces but only the low end of runs (A♠ 2♠ 3♠ is a legal run but Q♠ K♠ A♠ is not).

A player can form any combination of melds within their hand, whether it contains all sets, all runs, or what?
A: A mix of both.

A hand can contain three or fewer melds to knock or form what?
A: Legal gin.

What is the deadwood count?
A: The deadwood count is the sum of the point values of the deadwood cards, aces are scored at 1 point, face cards at 10, and others according to their numerical values.

If a player has a three-card set and a three-card run sharing a common card, how many of the melds count?
A: Only one and the other two cards count as deadwood.

 
Dealership alternates from round to round, with the first dealer chosen how?
A: By any agreed upon method.

The dealer deals how many cards to each player one at a time starting with their opponent?
A: 10.

Then where does he place the next card?
A: He places the next card in the deck face up.

This begins what?
A: The discard pile.

The face down pile is known as what?
A: The stock pile.

On the first turn of the round, the non-dealing player has first option of what?
A: Taking the upcard on the discard pile or passing.

If the non-dealing player takes the upcard, they must then do what?
A: Discard a different card to the discard pile.

 
The player acting second can do what?
A: Take the top card from the pile of their choice.

However, if the non-dealing player passes the upcard, what is the dealer is given the opportunity to do?
A: To take the upcard or pass.

If the dealer also passes, the non-dealing player must do what?
A: Draw from the stock pile, then the next turn and after, players can draw from the pile of their choice.

On each subsequent turn, a player must draw what?
A: Either the (face-up) top card of the discard pile, or the (face-down) top card from the stock pile, and discard one card from their hand onto the discard pile.

Players alternate taking turns until what?
A: One player ends the round by knocking, going Gin, or until only two cards remain in the stock pile, in which case the round ends in a draw and no points are awarded.

In tournament rules the game is played in best of five with how many points per game?
A: 250.

In standard gin, only a player with 10 or fewer points of deadwood may do what?
A: Knock.

 
Knocking with 0 points of deadwood is known as what?
A: Going Gin or having a Gin hand.

Knocking with deadwood points is known as what?
A: Going down.

To knock, the knocking player does what?
A: Discards as usual, announces knocking (generally by simply placing a discard face down), and the hand is laid out with the melds clearly indicated and deadwood separated.

The other ("defending") player is then entitled to do what?
A: To lay out any melds in their hand and can then lay off any of their remaining deadwood cards that fit into the knocking player's melds, provided that the knocking player does not have a gin hand.

An undercut occurs if what happens?
A: A player knocks and the defending player's deadwood points are less than or equal to the knocking player's.

In this case the defending player receives what?
A: An undercut bonus (usually 25 points) plus the difference in deadwood points.

If the defending player has less or equal deadwood to the knocking player's deadwood after laying off any of their deadwood, then it is what?
A: It is still a valid undercut.

If all 10 cards in a player's hand fit into melds and thereby the player has no deadwood, they can choose to do what?
A: To go Gin in which case the round ends and the player going Gin receives a Gin bonus of 25 points (or another established amount) plus any deadwood points in the opponent's hand.

 
The defending opponent can only lay out their melds and cannot lay off any deadwood into the melds of an opponent that has done what?
A: Declared Gin.

A player can go Gin with a hand of three or fewer melds as long as what?
A: All cards fit into a meld.

If a player chooses to draw so that 11 cards fit into melds, they can declare what?
A: Big Gin in which case the player receives a Big Gin bonus of 31 points (or another established amount, commonly 50 points instead of the standard 31 points, depending on rule set) plus any deadwood in the opponent's hand.

After a player knocks, and the layoffs are made, what does the knocking player receive?
A: A score equal to the difference between the two hands.

If a player is able to knock before any cards are accepted, it is considered what?
A: A misdeal.

After going gin, a player receives what?
A: A bonus of 25 points plus the entire count of deadwood in the opponent's hand.

There is no chance to lay off when a player does what?
A: Goes gin.

 
For every hand a player won during the game, how many points are added to their score?
A: 25.

Who is widely regarded as the greatest gin rummy player of all time?
A: Stu Ungar, described by many as having a clairvoyant ability to see his opponents' hands.

Oswald Jacoby, best known as a contract bridge and backgammon champion, also did what?
A: Played high-stakes gin rummy and wrote several books on the game.

Ernie Kovacs, the comedian and television pioneer, wrote a book in 1962 called what?
A: "How to Talk at Gin" The villain Auric Goldfinger cheats at gin rummy in the key introduction scene of what James Bond film?
A: Goldfinger from 1964, with the help of a girl looking at the opponent's cards with binoculars.

The film script changed the game to gin rummy from what?
A: Two-handed Canasta in the source novel by Ian Fleming.