Okey is a game that is different than the other rummy variations and you will have to play it differently. This is mainly because of the scoring type that is used. In okey games you will gain points only when you win a hand and you will lose points if anyone else is going to win a hand. Also, in the event that one hand is won with 7 pairs we are faced with double wins and double loses in points.
Such a variation will make it much more important to think about winning and not scoring big in the sets and runs that you do. Here are some easy to understand okey tips that you need to properly understand and use in every single Turkish rummy game that you play from now on.
As already mentioned, the key aspect of okey is to win rounds. You can only do this in the event that you think about speed and not what you are going to build. We recommend to never think about winning via the 7 pairs option unless some circumstances are met. You might decide to play this in the event that you already have a minimum of 2 pairs at the start of the game or when you are really behind on points and the end of the game is quickly approaching.
In order to win you might want to risk it. In other cases it is always recommended to think about speed and make everything as fast as possible so that you win okey.
Another highly important okey tip is to try and memorize all the tiles, or as many as possible, that were discarded by other players. If you are not attentive you might end up waiting for a tile that is placed in a stack of discarded tiles. You do not want this to happen so always pay attention to this part of the game.
A lot of beginners will fail due to the fact that they are more attentive on their board instead of on the moves of others while not playing. Until it is your turn simply watch what the others are doing. When it is your turn analyze your board and see what can be done.