The variation is called Okey which is pronounced as "O-Kay". In ancient Turkey, Okey was played with a set of tiles, instead of cards. The set used to contain a couple of blank tiles which were used in the similar manner that jokers are used in modern cards.
The blank tiles can be used as any other normal tile and can assume any value like Yellow 5 or blue 7. But the joker cards are used as wildcard to stop cheating or card marking during a game of Okey. But online Okey has removed any risk of such cheating in the game as all the cards look identical. So, card marking is impossible. But the cards do have graphic feature on them to maintain a real life feel to the game.
The strategies used in Okey or Turkish Rummy are a little different from that of normal rummy. The point penalties in Okey are determined on the winning type instead of value of cards. There is -20 points penalty for normal wins, -40 for special wins and -10 point penalty for a stalemate.
Turk Rummy is different from other rummy variants like gin rummy and rummikub in the following ways:
1. The player needs to have a complete hand with just one card to spare, to lay off. This rule requires the player to pay much more attention to his cards discarded and picked up by his or her opponents. This is because a player only lays down his cards once his entire hand is built.
2. There are number of winning condition like Seven pairs in which a player wins after laying 7 pairs of cards similar cards, i.e. two of Red 9, two of 5 blue etc. Wildcard Knocker is another special victory in which the player wins by knocking through a wildcard. This kind of victory fetches double points to the player.
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