TURKISH WOODEN OKEY SET
Okey, or Turkish Rummy, is a great game for a small social setting such as a get-together of a few friends or a family game night.
While the dealing process is rather elaborate, the game overall is easy to play, and it will be an enjoyable refrain from the same old card games you’ve played at every other gathering.
1- Mix the tiles on the table with the tiles facing down. Arrange the tiles in 21 stacks of 5 tiles each. Pass the remaining tile still face down to the dealer. Split the stacks among the players. Usually the dealer would have at least 6, but there are no set rules regarding these numbers since it does not affect the game.
2- Roll the dice. The dealer goes first. The number determines which stack receives the remaining tile, counting counter-clockwise from the dealer’s left-most stack. If all the dealer’s stacks have been counted through, counting will continue with the stack in front of player one and so forth.
3- Go again with the dice. The dealer rolls the dice again. The second number determines which tile in the previously-chosen stack, counting from bottom to top, will be taken out and placed face-up on top of the stack. If a false joker is drawn, return it to its original position and repeat this step until a numbered tile is selected. This tile determines the actual joker, which is of the same color but one number higher. For example, for a red 10, red 11’s are the joker. If the face-up number is 13, then the next highest number is 1.
4- Distribute the stacks among the players, so that player one has 15 tiles and the other players and dealer each have 14. Player one takes the first stack to the right of the previously chosen stack, player two takes the next stack and so forth. This happens twice so that each person receives 10 tiles. Place the remaining tiles in the center of the table without changing their arrangement or order, so the first stack has only 3 tiles and the last stack is the previously chosen stack.
5- Arrange the tiles on racks, so each player sees only his own tiles. Any player with the same tile as the face-up tile may show the tile to gain 1 point. The other players lose 1 point each. This is only valid if the tile is shown before the player with the tile first draws.
6- Win at Okey with a combination of sets and runs or 7 pairs. Three or 4 tiles of the same number and different colors determine a set. Three or 4 tiles of the same color but consecutive numbers is a run. For a run, 1 can be the highest number right above 13 or the lowest below 2, but not both. A run with a 1 can only begin or end in 1. A pair consists of 2 identical tiles, which means they are the same color and same number.