We have only a partial set of rules for Rummy 21. Can anyone answer this question...does one HAVE to lay down a total of 21 minimum to be "in" the game or can you start with a lesser amount? Thank you!
This question would best be asked on the Rummy 21 page, and an admin will probably move it shortly, but in the meantime I happen to have the game handy and can help out.
Quoting from the rules, in the paragraph headed Your Opening Meld,
The total value of the cards and tiles in the set(s) you first lay down must be at least 21 points.