Learn to Play the Best Marriage Card Game

Deb Mahato
5 min read

Marriage card game is a variant of 21 card Rummy games popular in Nepal and India along with their diaspora around the world.  In this guide, we'll walk you through the rules and strategies to master this exciting card game.

Marriage is played with three decks of cards along with the 3 Joker cards. Marriage game developed by Bhoos also includes a  wildcard named Superman card. 2 to 5 players can play the game at a time. 21 cards are dealt to each player. The objective is to arrange the twenty-one cards into different sets to achieve victory. Let's dive in!

General Terms

Number of Cards: 3 decks of 52-card standard deck  along with the jokers Number of players: 2-5 players

Now let's understand the different types of sets you can form:

Pure Sequence: Three or more consecutive cards of the same suit.

Trial: Three cards of the same rank but different suits.

Tunnella: Three cards of the same suit and rank.

Marriage: Three or more consecutive cards of the same suit with tiplu in the middle.

Dublee: Two cards of the same suit and rank

Joker cards are crucial for forming winning combinations. Let's break down the types of joker/Maal cards.

We are assuming that the Maal card(Joker Card) is 3 of Diamonds to understand the terms better here.

Tiplu: Same suit and rank as the joker card.

Alter Card: Same color and rank as the joker card, but a different suit.

Man Card: Joker-faced cards used to create sets after seeing the joker.

Jhiplu and Poplu: Same suit as tiplu, one rank lower and higher respectively.

Ordinary Jokers: Same rank as tiplu, but of a different color.

Superman Card: A special card for sets in both initial and final play.


Your initial goal is to become eligible to view the all-important joker card. You can choose whether you want to play the sequence game or dublee game based on the cards that you are dealt with. Here's what you need to do:

You need to arrange and submit 3 sets of sequences or tunnellas if you want to play the sequence game or build and submit 7 sets of dublees to view the joker card. The first player to submit the necessary number of sequences or dublees chooses a random card from the drawing pile to deem it as the joker card for that particular game. Subsequent players can only see the joker card if they submit the necessary sequences or dublees.

Your final goal is to be the first player to organize the remaining cards into sequences, tunnellas, and trials, using joker cards. Or, build 1 more set of dublee to wrap up the game if you play dublee.

Diving into Gameplay

Playing the Sequence way!

After dealing the cards, the first player can choose a choice card or the top card from the deck.

Each subsequent player must pick the card discarded by the previous player or pick a card from the deck and then discard one from their hand.

In the initial gameplay before seeing the joker, aim to form 3 pure sequences or tunnellas.

A superman card can also be used to form a pure sequence.

After seeing the joker, your objective shifts. You'll now build sequences and trials using the remaining cards to end the game. Jokers and special cards like Man Card, Superman Card, Alter Card, Ordinary Jokers, Tiplu, Jhiplu, and Poplu can be used to form sequences or trials. However, a joker cannot be used to make a tunnella.

Playing the Dublee way!

Build and submit 7 sets of dublees to see the joker card.

Build 1 more set of dublee from the deck of cards to end the game.

Remember, jokers cannot complete a dublee.

Let's talk about scoring. Points are awarded for different combinations.

Different types of tunnellas have varying points, including Normal Tunnella, Joker Tunnella, Poplu Tunnella, Jhiplu Tunnella, Alter Tunnella, and Man Card Tunnella.

Let’s explore different game modes on Marriage Card Game by Bhoos to fuel further excitement:

Kidnap Marriage Game: Players who don't see the Maal lose significant joker card points to the winner.

Murder Marriage Game: Players who don't see the joker card lose significant joker card points.

In both modes, winners gain points from players who have seen the Maal (3 points) and those who haven't (10 points).

And that's how you play the Marriage Card Game! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, now you're equipped to dive into this exciting game of strategy and skill. You can play with bots on single player mode or you can gather your friends and family, customize the rules and enjoy the game on Hotspot mode! You can also invite your friends and family on Private Table mode by sharing a PIN code with them. Let the fun begin!