Desmoche is a popular rummy card game which resembles games like gin rummy.
Each player is dealt 9 cards and the objective of the game is to play in runs and sets (called melds).
The player will pick one card and throw another immediately while making melds.
The player will always keep 9 cards. The winner ends up with 10 cards when he picks one card and has all 10 cards in melds. Thereafter player knocks to annonce the win and no need to discard a card any further. Until then players continue to pick and discard a card on their turn.
There are two decks in the game: dealer deck and discard deck. Players throw cards in the discard deck face up where as dealer deck is kept face down. Players can pick a card from either of the two decks. Discard deck has top card face up so players can decide if it is going to help them make a meld, if yes they can pick the card from the discard deck. If not, then they can pick the top card off the dealer deck.
Once a player has picked up a card, he must discard one card to the discard deck. Player is allowed to discard the card he picked up from the dealer deck.
Melds in desmoche must contain the minimum of three cards. They can be runs of the same suit, i.e. 8♠ 9♠ 10♠, containing three to ten cards or groups of three or four cards of identical rank, i.e 8♠ 8♥ 8♣.
There is an alternate way of winning which is when a player has no matching melds of 2 cards or higher, and no matching runs of 2 cards or higher of the same suit, i.e 2♠3♣4♦7♥8♠10♦J♠Q♥K♦ (known as "Peladia").
Desmoche also has the option of automatic wins in certain scenarios which have been removed from the online version in order to avoid quick end of the game.
Cards Rank: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Some example winning combinations: