Teen Patti is a household name in India when it comes to card games. From Diwali to a regular family night, Teen Patti features prominently throughout common India cultural events. Know nothing of it? Read on as we explain everything about this simple, fast-paced card game.
Teen Patti, also spelled Teenpathi and sometimes referred to as Flash or Flush, is a gambling card game that originated in India. Teen Patti is a Hindi term literally translating to 3 cards. It is India’s twist on 3-card poker, and is identical to 3-card brag popular in the UK. This game is widely played in South Asia.
There are 4 moves that you can apply while playing-
- Play Blind
When you play blind, you choose to play without having a peek at your cards. You continue to place bets purely based on your instinct, guessing the strength of your hand in comparison to others.
- Play Chaal
However, if you do not wish to play blind and want to know what cards you’ve been dealt, you can play chaal and see your cards at any time and place a bet when your turn arrives. The chaal wager must be at least equal to the previous bet or increase it by a multiple of two.
The minimum bet to stay in the game is always an amount equal to the preceding chaal, not just the amount of the increase from the previous bet. Here is where Teen Patti is different from your usual poker games. In other words, if Player A wagers two units and everyone folds except Player B who wagers four, then Player A must wager at least four units to remain in the game, not just two.
In this respect, blind players have a slight advantage because they only need to wager half as much. However, a blind player may choose to become a seen player at any time, whenever it is his/her turn to bet. Wagering must continue until all but one player remains, the winner by default, or else two players are left and a showdown occurs.
Here is a move unique to Teen Patti. If you have seen your cards, you can ask for a sideshow after placing your bet. This will let you have a glance at a player’s cards. However, you can ask for a sideshow only with the player who placed the last bet. Also, this player should be a Seen player, or else no sideshow is possible.
The player can accept or decline your sideshow request. If you don’t have enough money to match the current bet, you can’t ask for a sideshow.
If the sideshow request is accepted, the two players involved privately compare their cards, and the player with the lower hand is forced to fold. If the hands are equal, the player who asked for the sideshow is forced to fold.
If the sideshow is refused, the player requesting the sideshow must bet to stay in the game or fold.
If you don’t think your hand could take you all the way and feel you should bow out, you can pack or fold anytime. If you pack, you forfeit all the money you have placed as bet until then.
RANKING OF HANDS
1. Trail/Trio: 3 of the same cards (Highest – 3 Aces. Lowest – 3 Twos)
2. Pure Sequence/Pakki Round/Straight Flush: 3 consecutive cards of the same suit (Highest – A, K, Q of the same suit. Lowest – 2, 3, 4 of the same suit.)
3. Sequence/Normal Round: 3 consecutive cards of any random suit.
4. Colour: Any 3 cards of the same suit
5. Pair: 2 of the same kind (Highest – A, A, K. Lowest – 2, 2, 3). Of course, if two players have the same number cards then the odd card’s value determines the winner.
6. High Card: In case no one has any of the above orders then the highest value card determines the winner.
Never reveal your true colours
You may have heard of the term poker face. Yes, that is never display an inch of reaction after seeing your cards. Always try to wear a blank expression on your face.
Don’t let others notice your betting
Excited at the sight of your hand? Brimming with confidence? Good for you. But do not bet high from the get go. In fact, start by betting low amounts as you do not want others to get intimidated and fold. When all other players have bet a lot of money, you can then begin your charge and steadily increase your bet.
By playing blind you can conserve your capital as you bet less than Seen players. You can try and outlast the other players by staying in the game. Play blind if you think others would probably fold. This kind of play is all based on your gut feeling and hope that luck is on your side.
You can keep betting if you believe that your hand is relatively stronger or if you wish to bluff others into folding.
You can opt for this move if you strongly believe that your hand is stronger than the previous players’ hands.
If you think your hand is weak and you do not want to go down the bluffing path, you can fold and cut your losses and preserve your capital. There’s always another round to make up for your losses.
There is no specific probability of winning because each game will be different. Yes, getting higher class suits is difficult. But, working with lower class suits can indeed deliver winnings. It’s all about the way you approach each game and the strategies you use. So remember to keep a level head while playing and do not let the excitement of receiving a good hand get the better of you.
The recently concluded ‘TRIO Teen Patti World Championship’ was a first of its kind event organised in India. Aboard the floating casinos in Goa – – Deltin Jaqk or Deltin Royale, the event was a tremendous success with a lot of buzz and excitement around it, and a whopping Rs. 1 Crore GTD as prize money!
If you didn’t have Lady Luck with you at the Championship or didn’t get a chance to participate, get back to the tables and hone your skills with your sight set on the next edition. As Deltin are known to make their tournaments bigger and better with every new edition, the next tournament will surely give you a chance to reap greater rewards.