Teen Patti is a popular Indian card game that is normally played in a group of 3 to 6 persons and uses a 52-card pack without jokers.
It must be noted that the online version of Teen Patti is quite different from the physical one played in India. For example, the Live Casino version gives you full control over the multiple gaming parameters, which results in enhanced user satisfaction, with little to no chance for foul play or malicious activity. So carry on reading to for game rules and to learn how to play teen patti.
Where to Play Live Teen Patti Online
How to Play Teen Patti Traditionally
Each player is dealt three cards face down. But before that, a boot amount (min. stake amount kept in the table centre) is decided and collected from everyone.
Playing Teen Patti is quite straightforward at online casinos. Each player contributes the boot money and gets three cards face down. The player next to the dealer (clockwise) has the option to place a bet without seeing the cards (blind) or see the card. When the player sees his card, he can play chaal (call and raise) or not.
As the game progresses the pot money starts growing and is ultimately claimed by the winner of that hand. Winner is the player who remains in the game till the completion of the hand and has the best hand or the highest hand based on the cards ranking shown below (from high to low):
- Trail (Three of a kind)
- Pure Sequence
- Sequence (Run)
- High Card
The Blind Player
A player who places a blind bet is referred to as the blind player. A player who places his bet after seeing the cards is referred to as the seen player.
Blind players, place their bets before they see any cards. You have a few playing options: Pack, Blind and Show. To play Blind you will need to put the Bet Amount in the pot. The Blind Bet Amount is equal to the current stake amount or double. The current stake amount, in case of the first player, is the boot amount.
Thus, if the first player is a blind player, the player must Bet Amount equal to the boot amount or twice the boot amount.
The bet placed by a blind player becomes the stake amount for the next player while half of the bet placed by a seen player becomes the stake amount for the next player. In case of the next blind players, the bet amount can be equal to the stake amount or twice the stake amount.
A blind player can ask for a Show (which is essentially a blind show) only when there is one opponent remaining in the game. After asking for a show, the cards of both the players become visible and the winner gets the pot.
If you are a Seen Player, then you must bet at least twice the current stake and not more than four times the current stake. The current stake for the next player becomes half the amount that you bet. A Seen Player can play Chaal, Pack and can also enjoy other options, such as Side Show.
Once you have seen your cards, you must play chaal unless you select any other available option, to remain in the game.
If you are a Seen Player, then you have a few options based on your current hand. If you don’t like your hand, then you can fold your cards. This action is called Pack. But if your hand is good then you have 2 more options to choose from: Chaal and Side Show. Either of these 2 options require the Seen Player to place a bet.
To remain active in a Teen Patti game, a Seen Player must play Chaal or Side Show if available. For Chaal, the player must put the bet amount in the pot.
The bet amount for a Seen Player is equal to twice or four times the current stake amount. If the previous player is a Blind Player, then the stake amount for the next player is the amount bet by the player. If the previous player is a Seen Player, the stake amount for the next player is half the bet amount.
A Seen Player can ask for a Side Show. A Side Show basically means that you wish to compare your cards with the cards of the previous player.
You can do this only if the previous player is also a Seen Player and there are one or more other players still in the game. To execute a Side Show, you will need to put an amount equal to twice the current stake into the pot. Your request for the Side Show will be conveyed to the previous player.
The previous player has the option to accept or deny your Side Show request.
If your Side Show request is accepted and the previous player has better cards than you, you must pack. If your cards are better than the previous player, the previous player must pack. Either way, the turn passes to the next player.
Teen Patti Basic Strategy
The ranking of the possible hands in Teen Patti are as follows. These rankings have been arranged from high to low for your convenience.
- Trail – 3 cards of the same rank. Three aces are the best trio and three twos are the lowest.
- Pure Sequence – 3 consecutive cards of the same suit.
- Sequence (Run) – 3 consecutive cards, not all of the same suit.
- Colour – Any 3 cards of the same suit.
- Pair – 2 cards of the same rank.
- High Card – 3 cards that do not belong to any of the above. The best hand of this type is A-K-J of mixed suits.
Basically, any hand of a higher type beats any hand of a lower type. For instance, the lowest run 4-3-2 beats the best colour A-K-J.
Players who do not want to play either because their game is bad or because the stakes are too high can Pack at any time which means quitting the game. Finally if there are only 2 players left either of them can call for a ‘show’ at their turn after putting the required money in the center as per the current stakes.
At this point both the players show their cards and the player with the higher game wins and takes the money in the center.
Different Versions of Teen Patti
Just like any popular card game, Teen Patti has an ever-growing number of game variations to spice up the action.
The dealer deals 6 cards to everyone. For three rounds, players will cover one of the open cards of the Plus Sign with one of their cards. At the end of 3 rounds, everyone will have 3 cards and the final set of jokers of the plus sign will be what is on the table. Then the game proceeds as per the regular Teen Patti rules.
The dealer deals 3 cards to everyone and then opens table cards which are twice the number of players plus three (if there are 5 players, then 13 cards are opened). This is followed by 2 rounds in which each player picks up one open card and discards one of his own into the pack or closes one card on the table.
Then the game proceeds as per the regular Teen Patti rules.
Teen Patti Banko
This Teen Patti version proceeds turn-wise. The dealer opens cards in front of the player, who has to bet an amount based on how likely he thinks the next card will lie sequentially in between the 2 open cards. For example, 3 and 10. The player has to bet how likely he thinks the next card will be in between 3 and 10.
The minimum bet is always 1 counter. The maximum initially allowed bet is 1/4th the amount in the center. After a player wins 1/4th, the next max is ½ and then full. The game goes on till one player wins the entire money pot.
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