Although it's got a name that sounds like it was born in a Midwestern bar, today's Game of the Day, Oklahoma Gin, can be traced way back to a father and son living in Brooklyn, New York in 1909. Elwood T. Baker and his son C. Graham Baker were responsible for creating the card game known as Gin Rummy, from which variations such as Oklahoma Gin was spawned.
The most basic thing about Gin Rummy is that players take turns drawing and/or discarding cards with the goal of getting certain "melds" and chucking "deadwood". Melds are sets of 3 to 4 cards with the same rank, such as 8♥-8♣-8♠, or are a consecutive set, such as 4♥-5♥-6♥-7♥. Deadwood are cards you couldn't get any melds for and will count against you in the scoring. If you're interested in playing Gin Rummy, Oklahoma Gin is a great place to start. There's public and private tables for singular and group play. Plus, you can design your own character. And if you play enough games, you'll earn new themed packs and backgrounds for your table.
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