SolidRoots_MoMos Rummy


SolidRoots Looks To Their Family Matriarch, MoMo, For Inspiration For This Seasons’ Go-To Game Night Activity

Tulsa, OK (October 21, 2019) – Every family has a memorable Auntie Mame-like relative who could light up any room with her wit and escapades. Such was the inspiration for the Armstrong family of Tulsa, OK. Their family game company, SolidRoots (, gives a wink to MoMo the family matriarch known for her cigarettes and cocktail hours. As back-to-school season blends into the holidays, add MoMo’s Shanghai Rummy card game ($16.99) to limited-but-precious family time — and make new memories.

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The two-deck card game is reminiscent of Gin Rummy with a twist. Shanghai Rummy is played with two decks of 52 cards. You won’t find any black 2s in the decks because MoMo considered them to be wild cards so SolidRoots substituted Jokers for them, plus two more Jokers, with MoMo as the Joker. MoMo’s game is ideal for ages 8 and older. Just like in other rummy games, one card is placed face up to form the discard pile. Each game has seven rounds and the rules to play each hand are different. Complete instructions are tucked inside every purse.

Yes, a black cigarette purse with MoMo’s image is part of the whimsical appeal of this card game that requires no Wi-Fi, texting nor cords. It is the type of around-the-kitchen-table pleasures that grandchildren learned from their cigarette-smoking, cocktail sipping grandparents. Conversation, laughs and friendly competition were part of the fun. Bring back their old-fashioned notions to your next family gathering.

MoMo’s Shanghai Rummy • Ages 8+ • $16.99 • Available in November“MoMo was our chain-smoking, early times-drinking, (alleged) mob-connected grandmother who only played for money and keeps. She created this version of rummy that’s been passed down four generations,” laughs SolidRoot’s CEO Jen Armstrong. “If you need to hustle some kids out of their allowance money, this is the game for you!”

MoMo’s Shanghai Rummy • Ages 8+ • $16.99 • Available in November
Open up the sleek cigarette pouch to find two decks of cards and official rules plus quick reference cards. Find the Joker card and you’ll find MoMo looking sharp with her pearls and big eyeglasses. Find MoMo online at

Having solid roots is about connection to something deep and meaningful. Over the years, we have found that some of the most profound moments of connection with our own friends and family came through fun and whimsical experiences we shared. The perfect gift, an unexpected party, a long-anticipated vacation… these became the memories that defined the days and years. Yes, they take time and energy to plan, but they are wonderfully worth it. We created this company because we think having fun and being together is important. We want your friends to become your family and your family to become your friends. We’re here to help you celebrate life, and each other, well. Discover what’s new at


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