Mr. Efraim Hertzano was living with his wife, Hanna,in Romania at a time when the authorities ordered allcards tobe outlawed. After racking his mind to find a substitute, Mr. Hertzano came up with an original idea – to substitute the cards with tiles. The word about the game soon spread and demand for itbeganto grow.
This is the fascinating story of the Rummikub game, whose conception is obscured in the past, over 70years ago . The game started as a brilliant idea that had occurred to Mr. Hertzano – to substitute the traditional cards, used in a popular cards game, with colorful tiles and new game play. That idea – through faith and passionate dream of tiles rattling all over – finally materialized. Accompanied with a vision just as bright andas grand as the initial idea, it became an overnight hit.
Mr. Hertzano spend hours in his small workshop assembling each game byhandand dreaming howeveryone will play the tile game he loved so much. He would paint each tile byhand, saw the small plastic pieces and the wooden game box and assemble all pieces in order to distribute the gameto small retailers.
On Saturday nights, friends used to gather around the Hertzano’s family table, and play Rummikub . Neighbors then joined and those enjoyable hours of play soon became a tradition. Often, the Hertzano couple welcomed shop owners and their wives to play the game with them, on their porch. They played, enjoyed and recommended the game to their customers. As rumors of the game started spreading and sales were expanding to Europe, Hertzano’s workshop grew until it became what itis today: oneof the most played family games in the world.
Demand for the game continued tobe strong. Now aided by his children, they tried to sell Rummikubto the Americans. Well, in the land of the free, the home of the brave and the region of endless possibilities, dreams do – sometimes – come true. On American late-night television a famous celebrity was telling how his wife brought home a game named “Rummikub®”and they couldn’t stop playing the game all day long. Overnight, phone calls of buyers flooded the office searching for the game. After America discovered Rummikub , it soon became a best selling game. From then on – all is history, and skies were no longer the limit.
Rummikub expands as the number of players exceeds 1,000,000. The Hertzano family issued dozens ofnew models of the game, improving packaging and choosing distributors and licensees that love, promote, and believe in the game.
The first World Rummikub Championship (WRC) took place in 1991 and set the ground for future tournaments. Since then every three years, the International Rummikub tournaments are held, a tradition of three days of joy, fun and competition.
Rummikub is a worldwide known brand played by millions of players, young and old, sold in more than 50 countries and translated into 26 languages. No barriers of language can overcome the joy and interest the game creates. Rummikub isnow available for play in all devices- Web, Android , Apple and Facebook apps. The story of Rummikub isabout great vision, willpower and lot of optimism while representing the joy inlife.