A Look at Different Teen Patti Rules and Hand Rankings

Along with Andar Bahar and Rummy, playing Teen Patti online has been on the rise ever since smartphone usage increased and internet connections improved in India. This traditional card game which is said to have roots from the 17th century has been commonly played in the country for hundreds of years.

Enjoying the game online can be done at online casinos where it’s played for real money, as well as through free to play apps that can be downloaded in the iOS and Google Play Store. However, playing Teen Patti online, the rules aren’t always the same as when the game is played locally in India. They can vary quite a lot. This leads us to the topic. Let’s have a look at different Teen Patti rules that exist!

The Traditional Teen Patti Rules

Traditional Teen Patti is a competitive game that is best enjoyed between 3 – 6 players where a small amount of money is at stake. As mentioned by greatbridgelinks.com, the goal of the game is to “psych your opponents or be dealt a strong three card hand”. It’s a game that mixes luck and skill, where the latter will determine who stands victorious in the long run.

Described briefly, a game round of traditional Teen Patti is played like this:

  1. All participants put a pre-determined amount of money in the pot (boot amount).
  2. Three cards are dealt to each player. These are dealt face down.
  3. In a counter-clockwise manner, players take turns acting.
  4. Players can either fold, call the current stake or make a raise.
  5. Two players can agree on a side-show to compare their hands.
  6. During a side-show, the player with the worst hand must fold.
  7. When only two players are left, one can request a final showdown.
  8. At a showdown, hands are compared and the best wins the entire pot.

Important notes: Whenever a player is acting, this player gets to decide if he wants to look at his cards (known as playing seen) or keep them hidden (known as playing blind). The benefit of playing blind is being able to stay in the pot for a cheaper price.

Blind players can either call the current stake for its amount or make a raise of twice this amount. For seen players, the cost is doubled. They can either call the current stake for x2 the amount or make a raise of x4 the amount. Half of the amount bet by a seen player is always a fee that doesn’t affect the stake.

Let’s say that the boot amount is ₹10. This would then be the initial stake. If a seen player calls ₹20, the stake remains at ₹10 for the next acting player. If a seen player pays ₹40 to raise, then the stake would be ₹20 for the next player as half of the raise is a fee. Blind players don’t have this fee so if the boot amount is ₹10, they would either call ₹10 or raise the stake to ₹20.

When it comes to side-shows, these can only happen between two seen players. The player who is currently acting is able to request one from the player behind him. A side-show only has to be accepted when the same player has been asked a third time.

If Teen Patti is played with a pot limit, a final showdown can not only happen when two players are left, but also when the limit is reached. It may be that the limit is set to 500 times the boot amount. So, if this amount is ₹10, whenever the pot reaches ₹5,000 all players would be forced to face a final showdown.

Played online, Teen Patti with traditional rules is most commonly found in free to play apps.

Teen Patti Rules at Online Casinos

As can be seen on GamblingBaba.com, there are plenty of casinos that allow Indian residents to play Teen Patti for real money. However, the game you’ll find offered at these gambling sites is rarely the same as the one that is played locally or offered through free to play apps. If one looks hard enough it can be found, but it’s very rare.

Instead, what is offered at online casinos is a Teen Patti live dealer game. This is a luck-based gamed that is played against a dealer over a video stream. It’s much more simple than traditional Teen Patti. This is how a game round plays out:

  1. A boot amount (known as ante) is placed.
  2. Three cards are dealt to you. These are dealt face-up.
  3. Choose to fold (and lose your ante) or play your hand.
  4. When playing, a bet equal to the ante is placed.
  5. The dealer receives three cards. These are dealt face-up.
  6. Hands are compared between you and the dealer.

If you win by having the better hand, payouts in this version of Teen Patti are the same as your ante + play amount. So, if the ante was ₹10 and you play for another ₹10, you would win ₹20 if you win. Additionally, you can get paid extra by making a certain hand or placing side bets (up to ₹10,000 on a ₹10 bet).

Hand Rankings in Teen Patti

There are five different hands that can be made in Teen Patti. Here they are, arranged from best to worst:

  1. Set – three cards of the same value, such as K-K-K.
  2. Pure sequence – three consecutive cards of the same suit, such as 3-4-5 all in hearts.
  3. Normal sequence – three consecutive cards not bound by suit, such as 3-4-5 in different colors.
  4. Flush – any three cards with the same suit, such as 4-10-Q all in hearts.
  5. Pair – two cards of the same value, such as J-J-4.

If no hand at all is made, then you always have a high card. For instance, if the hand is A-10-8, then the hand is Ace high and would win over a hand like King high.

Hand rankings in Teen Patti are more or less the same in the traditional game as they are in Teen Patti played against a dealer at an online casino.

Rule Variations of Teen Patti

While the rules of online Teen Patti are fixed to the above-mentioned ones (with some exceptions), there are several different ways to play the traditional game locally with friends and family. As an example, livedealerbaba.com have listed 10 popular Teen Patti variations. However, there are more to be found.

Some variations of the game are quite simple. For instance, there are those that only affect the hand rankings slightly. This could be sequences being made by alternate cards instead of consecutive ones. In a version known as “Closest to 555”, the rankings are changed more severely. Here, there are no sets, sequences, flushes or pairs. Instead, each card has a certain value and you want to get closest to 555.

Various incorporations of wild cards are very common to find in different Teen Patti variations. These are cards that can act as any other card in the deck. For instance, if all deuces are deemed to be wild, a hand like 2-6-7 would be a sequence.

Then there are also variations of Teen Patti that come with rules so unique and innovative that they hardly resemble the main game. Some of these modern variations, which can be a ton of fun to play, includes Gamblingbaba’s Buy and Sell, Cheat and Steal and Royalty Rage. For those looking for something different to play with their friends and family, these are well worth looking into.

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