How to play Teen Patti? A Step-by-step guide to learning Teen Patti

How to play Teen Patti

Like Poker, Teen Patti is a fascinating game and one of the most popular Indian card games. Also known as tri-card or Flash, to play the classic Teen Patti, you need a group of 3 to 6 (maximum 10) players, with a standard deck of 52 cards without jokers. The game aims to build the highest-ranking hand. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to play Teen Patti and cover the best Teen Patti variations.

How to play Teen Patti? 6 Steps

The game of Teen Patti is a simplified version of Poker with basic rules and simple gameplay. Indeed, the game is so simple that anyone can pick it up after watching only a few rounds. Take a look at this article to know in-depth the rules of playing Teen Patti.

Here are 6 steps to learning how to play Teen Patti:

  • Step 1: Draw cards to select the dealer
  • Step 2: Decide and place the initial wager/bet
  • Step 3: Dealer deals the cards
  • Step 4: Start the game
  • Step 5: Request a sideshow
  • Step 6: Make a showdown request

Step 1: Select the dealer

When playing Teen Patti, you must first select a dealer who will assist you in the conduct of the game. In addition, the chosen dealer will be the one from whom the card dealing begins and continues clockwise. 

Generally, the dealer is selected based on which player draws the highest card. In fact, sometimes, each player gets the chance to become a dealer in a clockwise direction.

Step 2: Decide and place the initial wager/bet

Upon selecting the dealer, you must place the initial wager (called ‘ante’) to form and decide on an initial pot. The ante or the boot amount is the minimum stake amount that can be put into the pot, which sits at the center of the table. The pot money grows as the game keeps on progressing.

The ante also caps the pot money in every Teen Patti round to usually 1024 times. If you are playing the game without a limit, this rule does not apply.

Step 3: Dealer deals the cards

Once the initial pot is decided, the dealer starts dealing the cards for himself and the other players clockwise until everyone receives three cards each. The dealer will deal out the cards to each player one at a time. While dealing with the cards, the dealer must ensure that all the cards dealt initially face down.

Step 4: Start the game

The game begins when the person sitting on the dealer’s left-hand side (i.e., in a clockwise direction) starts acting.

In the Teen Patti game, you get the option to play ‘seen’ or ‘blind.’ The term ‘see’ refers to a player who has seen the three face-down cards before placing the initial wager, whereas ‘blind’ refers to a player who has not seen the cards before placing the initial bet.

If the player who starts acting in the game decides to play blind, they can fold and get the option to call or raise the ante to double it. If the one who starts acting in the game wishes to play seen, they can double the ante or raise it to quadruple.

The game progresses with each acting the same, folding, calling, or raising the ante while opting to play either seen or blind. Furthermore, the player’s bet amount depends on the preceding player’s current stake and whether the player is playing blind or seen.

Play Teen Patti - Blind or Seen

What happens if you are playing Blind?

  • You must bet at least half of the current stake or the current stake if the player before you play Seen.
  • You must bet at least the current stake or double the current stake if the player who bets before you play Blind. 

What happens if you are playing Seen?

  • You must bet at least the current stake or double the current stake if the player who bets before you play Seen
  • You must bet at least double the current stake, or four times the current stake if the player before you bet blind

Step 5: Request a sideshow

If at least three players are left in the game, and a seen player is playing after another seen player, the current player can request a sideshow from the prior player. The sideshow request might be accepted or denied by the asked player.

If the sideshow request is accepted, the two players compare their cards, with the player holding the lower-ranking hand being forced to fold. If the hand rankings are equal, the player who requested a sideshow must fold. The betting process continues as usual if the sideshow request is denied.

Learn about Teen Patti sequence and hand rankings.

Step 6: Make a showdown request

When all of the player’s folds or sideshow happens, and two players are still in the game, one of them can ask for a showdown. In the event of a showdown, the two players will compare their cards, and the one with the highest-ranking hand wins the pot.

Make an alternative showdown(Optional)

An alternative showdown may occur when there is a pot limit. For example, if the pot limit is 1024 times the minimum stake amount set at the start of the game, all players must display their cards whenever they reach this pot limit.

So, there you have it! 6 easy steps to play Teen Patti like a pro. Let us know in the comment section if this article was helpful. Also, do share your input on playing Teen Patti!

How to play Teen Patti – FAQs

What rules to follow while playing Teen Patti?

Some of the rules to playing Teen Patti includes:
·         The dealing of the cards must be in a clockwise direction.
·         The cards should be dealt face down.
·         If you are playing Blind, you must bet at least half of the current stake or the current stake, if the player before you play Seen.
·         If you are playing Seen, you must bet at least the current stake or double the current stake if the player who bets before you play Seen.

Apart from the rules mentioned above, there are other rules that you need to follow. Take a look at this article where we have divided Teen Patti rules into 5 broad categories.

Are there any variations to the Teen Patti game?

Yes. There are many variations to playing Teen Patti. Some of them are playing Teen Patti with or without the joker. These include games like Auction, Joker Hunt, Pack Jack, and King little. Take a look at this article, where we highlight the 10 most popular Teen Patti variations.

Are there any tips to win in 3 Patti game?

Yes. Some easy strategies you can employ right away are playing blind, starting from small bets, practicing, and not being predictable while playing.

How many cards are there while playing Teen Patti?

Teen Patti is played using 52 cards deck, excluding the joker.

How many players can play Teen Patti?

Approx. 3 to 6 players can play Teen Patti with 52 cards deck.