Kaluki (or Kalookie) is popular in Britain both in clubs and private games; there seems to be a preponderance of Jewish players. This software uses the rules issued by the Victoria Sporting Club in London and the Tiberius Sporting Club in Portsmouth. Kalookie is a rummy game which can be played here by from two to four players. Through drawing and discarding, the players try to meld (lay down) their 13 cards by forming them into sets of equal ranked cards and runs of consecutive cards of a suit. The hand is won by the first player who melds all their cards in this way - this is known as calling up. All the other players score penalty points for the cards remaining in their hands. Anyone who accumulates more than 150 penalty points over a series of hands is eliminated from the game, unless they buy themselves back in by paying a new stake into the pool. When all players but one have been eliminated, the last surviving player wins the game and takes the money in the pool. A Swedish version is also available to play.
Thanos Kaluki is freeware with solid AI, premium graphics, smooth animation, and realistic decks. Requires DirectX v.7.0 or higher.
By Thanos Tsakonas
Operating System: Windows
Version: 1.0.0, 2005-12-11