Rummikub

 

 

 

This Group was set up in December 2010.

Please contact Liz Onslow on 01483 282180 for information.

This new group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.   It is a game of numbers strategy, compulsive and great fun.

Rummikub was invented by Ephraim Hertzano, a Romanian-born Jew who originally made his living selling toothbrushes and cosmetics.   Hertzano started developing the tile game Rummikub in the 1930’s in Romania, when card-playing was outlawed under the Communist regime.   He hand-made the first sets with his family in the backyard of his home. The game combines elements of rummy, dominoes, mah-jongg and chess.   Hertzano moved to Israel in the 1940’s after World War II, continuing the development of the game and sold the first sets door-to-door and on a consignment basis at small shops.   He eventually became a professional game developer and, over the years, the family licensed it to other countries and it became Israel’s top export game.   In 1977 it became a bestselling game in the United States.

The game can be played by 2-4 players     There are 104 tiles, 2 each of tiles numbered 1-13 in 4 different colours – black, red, blue and orange, 2 Joker tiles and each player chooses 14 tiles from a bag and arranges them on their rack.   The remaining tiles form the pool and play proceeds.   The aim is to go out first, with the scores of the other 3 players added together to give the winner the highest score.   The other players’ scores are put at a minus though if they win a game their scores can change considerably.

[Note from your Horsley U3A Webmaster: if, like me, you knew nothing about this game, there is also more about the rules in the Wikipedia entry for Rummikub: click here. WJH]