Gin Rummy vs. Poker
“In his 2006 interview with Inside Edge magazine, a famous gin rummy
player John Hainline, who also loves poker, said that poker can’t
compare with the challenge of Gin. “Gin game depends far less on luck
than poker does”, said Hainline.
John Hainline said that “there are a lot of poker players who are also
Gin players. They go back and forth between two games and they all
agree that Gin is a better game”.
Gin Rummy is a card game where skill (as opposed to chance) has a
larger, predominant factor.
John Hainline was one of the very few players who had more wins than
losses against another gin rummy (and poker!) legend — Stu Ungar.
Stu Ungar’s photographic memory made him one of the greatest gin rummy player in the world. Stu Ungar also won the World Series of Poker three times. Ungar, who is more known for his poker feats, considered himself a better gin rummy player, once saying: “Some day, I suppose it’s possible for someone to be a better No Limit Hold’em player than me. I doubt it, but it could happen. But, I swear to you, I don’t see how anyone could ever play gin better than me.” Stu Ungar was found dead in November, 1998 in a small Las Vegas motel. Many believed at the time that Stu Ungar was the victim of drug abuse.
Although Gin Rummy is a simple game to start playing, it’s a difficult
game to play consistently well. Knowing just some simple game basics
like getting rid of unmatched high cards and not giving an opponent two cards of the same rank or suit — are hardly sufficient to play the
game on a good competitive level.
In 1995 in Maxim hotel in Las Vegas, 4 gin rummy players including Bill
Ingram, John Hainline, Jeff Mervis and a pool player from Florida split
a $160,000 prize in 85-player Las Vegas International Gin Rummy
Tournament of Champions, leaving each of the four with a $40,000 cash prize. The top four players, then, played for a tournament trophy and Bill Ingram, the real estate broker from Texas and a very good gin
rummy player, won and was declared a tournament winner.
Each year land-based Gin Rummy tournaments with big cash prizes are in Las Vegas Riviera Hotel. 2006, the organizers expected that
300-400 of the world’s finest gin rummy players will compete for the
top title. Registration and more information is available at
Ken Chase, the 2005 Gin Rummy Champion, also frequently plays Gin Rummy for $ online.
Another very frequent Gin Rummy player is Glenn Abney — a longtime legend who is widely known as Mr. Gin. “I’ve been involved in the biggest, most prestigious gin rummy events for the past four decades,” says Glenn Abney. Abney says that he learned to play gin
rummy from his mother, who, he claims, left a poker game to give birth
to him. At one time, Glenn Abney (a towering man of enormous size and
weight) was regarded as gin rummy’s most fearsome player. Abney says
that he lost some of his competitive edge when he went on a
controversial diet that used an unapproved supplement. After the diet,
Abney says: “My long-term memory is pretty much shot”.”
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