Teen Patti Casinos Guide
Teen Patti is the most popular card game played for real money on the Indian subcontinent and Asia. Also known 3 Patti, Flush, Three Cards or Three Card Brag its popularity has spread online and any self-respecting casino site in India should offer the Teen Patti Game to its players; here is our guide to the rules, how to play and tactics.
The Teen Patti game is fairly simple, every player places the minimum stake known as the Chaal, Unit or Ante into the pot or boot (this is the amount in the centre of the table). The entire pot will be won by one of the players. Competition for the stake starts with a 52-card deck of cards that are shuffled and dealt clockwise until each player has three cards (there are usually between 4-7 players in each game).
The players now get the option to play their hand as “Seen” or “Blind. Seen players may look at their cards before betting but the price for this is that their bets must be twice the size of the Blind players. A player who is playing Blind may choose to become a seen player at any time and look at his cards prior to betting but the higher bet limit will then apply.
From high to low, a possible ranking of Teen Patti hands are here:
- Trio – Three cards the same are known as a Trio with aces high and two’s low. Three aces are the highest.
- Straight run – Three cards of the same suit in order is known as a straight run with A-2-3 the highest followed by A-K-Q, K-Q-J etc. 4-3-2 is the lowest straight run hand.
- Normal run – Three consecutive cards from different suites in order is known as a normal run. Again A-2-3 the highest followed by A-K-Q, K-Q-J down to 4-3-2 . 2-A-K is not a valid normal or straight run.
- Colour – Three cards of the same suit but not in order. In this case A-K-J is the highest colour and 5-3-2 is the lowest colour.
- Pair – Two cards of the same rank are known as a pair; the highest pair hand is A-A-K and the lowest is 2-2-3.
- High card – For any three cards not being a run, pair or colour then the hand is ranked by the highest card down to the lowest. A-K-J of different suites would be the highest hand with 5-3-2 the lowest.
The Betting Process in Teen Patti:
- The betting starts with the player at the left side of the dealer and the game goes forward as players take turns to bet in clockwise order. Traditionally the rules state that a Seen player cannot raise a Blind player in which case a Seen player has few options if the player to their left is playing Blind. However online rules vary so check the game rules if you are playing online.
- Betting amounts depend on the type of game but for a “fixed limit” game they are multiples of the Chaal of either one or two for a Blind player and two or four for a Seen Player. As an example; if the Chaal is R100 for the boot round then the first player in the next round either decides to bet the Chaal or raise the Chaal. For a Blind player this means either betting R100 or R200. If the player bets R200 then the Chaal is raised to R200. For a Seen player they must either better twice the Chaal at R200 in which case the Chaal remains at R100 or raise the Chaal in which case they bet R400. A Blind player who follows a raise of R400 by a Seen player only needs to bet R200 which is the Chaal limit.
- Therefore if you are a playing “blind” you should put in at least the current stake and not more than twice the current stake and if you are betting “Seen” you should bet at least twice the current stake and not more than four times the current stake.
- Now we give it more clarity. If you’re playing blind, then you will see at your cards during the turn of the betting. You then become a seen player and you must bet at least twice the current stake.
All except one player have folded, then last player wins all the money in the pot. All except two players have folded and one player pays for a show, then cards of both players will be exposed and compared.
There are few Teen Patti rules for a show:
- A show cannot open until two players made the drop out.
- In blind bet, the amount of a show is the current stake paid into the pot. It doesn’t matter whether the other player is playing blind or seen. You can see your three-cards hand, you paid for the show.
- In case of seen player and other player’s blind bet, you are restricted to demand a show. The seen player can only forward the betting or drop out.
- If both players on a seen bet, the player in turn might pay twice the current stake for a show.
- In a show, both players’ cards are exposed and the player whose three-card hand is higher ranking wins the pot. In case of equal ranking, the player who didn’t pay for the show wins the pot.
Compromise situation in Teen Patti:
If all players are seen then at your turn after betting the minimum amount, you can ask the player who bet before you a compromise. Now it depends on the player as he can accept or refuse the compromise.
Let’s understand the points on compromise situation:
- If that player accepts your compromise, the two players who had compared their cards and the player who has the lower ranking cards should fold. It they’re equal in any case, the player who was asked for the compromise must fold.
- The second case is the refusal of the compromise. In that case, the betting will continue as usual with the player after the one who was asked for the compromise.
Okay. Now understand the whole rule with an example.
Suppose that W, X, Y and Z are the four players who are playing Teen Patti.
They all put 1 Dollar on the table and D deals. Now player W plays blind and puts one more dollar in the pot. Player X performs as seen player and folds. Player Y also plays blind and beta one dollar. Player Z sees his cards but he puts 2 dollars in the pot which is the maximum amount.
The current stake remains at one dollar. Player W raises the stake and puts two dollars. Player Y sees his cards and folds. Player Z puts in 4 dollars which is the maximum deposit for a seen player since player W raised the current stake. Player W now decides to see his cards and puts in 4 dollars and asks for a show. Player Z shows his cards and the winner takes the whole amount put on the table.
Off course, you would see various game processes in Teen Patti game but this example is just a showcase to tell you how the process happens.