The rules of Beanie.
Beanie has been described as “real time gin rummy” but with other rules. I’m not sure how helpful this is as I have never played gin rummy.
Everyone is dealt seven cards. The goal is to get rid of all your cards. You do this by putting down sets, such as a bunch of sixes, or runs, like 4,5,6 of clubs. Runs must always follow suit, and aces are always low, you can’t put an ace on a king. As soon as you have three cards that match you can put them down, it doesn’t matter whose turn it is. Everyone can put things down at any time.
You can add to other people’s sets if you have something that matches, you can do this at any time.
The kicker is that every round there’s a ‘beanie’ card. It is a wild card and it can be used however you like. The first round beanie is kings, the second round it’s queens and so on until you reach aces.
Beanies can be added to runs instead of the actual card, then if someone has the actual card they can put it in and take the beanie.
Beanies cannot be added to full sets, such as four tens, but if there are three tens you can add the beanie. If someone adds a card to a set where there are three of a kind and a beanie, they must take the beanie. If it is two of a kind and a beanie, they can take it if they want it or they can leave it.
The person to the left of the dealer starts.
On your turn you have to draw and discard. The draw pile should be in the middle where everyone can get to it. You may pick up from the discard pile, but if you do you have to take the *entire* discard pile. This can be painful, since as soon as someone has put down all their cards they say “Beanie!” in a loud and excited manner. No-one else can put down any cards, and whatever cards they have in their hands at the end count against them.
The person who beanies gets no score.
cards ace-nine count for 5 points
cards ten-king count for ten points
Beanie card = 25 points, so don’t hold onto them unnecessarily.
After the scores are totted up, the person who started the last round dealt and the next lowest card is the beanie for a whole new round.
If the draw card runs out and no-one has beanied, the person whose turn it is when there are no cards in the draw pile can choose to draw the discard pile. If they choose not to, the round is ended and scores are added up.
Have I missed anything? Does that make sense?