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Teen Patti

Teen Patti is a popular Indian gambling card game just like poker. It is normally played in a group of 3 to 6 persons and uses a 52-card pack without jokers. Each player is dealt three cards face down. Before the cards are dealt, the boot amount is decided and collected from each player. The boot amount is the minimum stake amount put in the pot, which is the money kept in the centre of the table. As the game progresses the pot money grows and is won 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.

Ranking of the cards from high to low is:

  1. Trail or Set (three of same rank),
  2. Pure sequence,
  3. Sequence (or run),
  4. Color,
  5. Pair (two cards of same rank), and
  6. High Card.

Each player contributes the boot money and gets three cards facedown. Now it is the turn of the player next to the dealer in clockwise direction. The player has option to place a bet without seeing the cards (blind) or see the card. When the player sees his card, he/she can play chaal or may have other options depending upon the progress of the game. 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.

GAME DESCRIPTION

Before playing it is necessary to agree the value of the minimum stake (which I will call one unit). Everyone places this minimum stake in the pot - a collection of money in the centre of the table, which will be won by one of the players. The dealer deals out the cards one at a time until everyone has three cards. The players then bet on who has the best three card hand. Each has the option to look at their three-card hand before betting (playing seen) or to leave their cards face down on the table (playing blind).

The ranking of hands :

Trio - three cards of the same rank. Three aces are the best trio and three twos are the lowest.

Straight run - three consecutive cards of the same suit. Ace can be used in the run A-2-3, which is the highest straight run. Next comes A-K-Q, K-Q-J and so on down to 4-3-2, which is the lowest. 2-A-K is not a valid run.

Normal run - three consecutive cards, not all of the same suit. A-2-3 is the best normal run, then A-K-Q, K-Q-J and so on down to 4-3-2. 2-A-K is not valid.

Colour - any three cards of the same suit. When comparing two colours, compare the highest card; if these are equal compare the second; if these are equal too, compare the lowest. Thus the highest colour is A-K-J and the lowest is 5-3-2.

Pair - two cards of the same rank. Between two such hands, compare the pair first, then the odd card if these are equal. The highest pair hand is therefore A-A-K and the lowest is 2-2-3.

High card - three cards that do not belong to any of the above types. Compare the highest card first, then the second highest, then the lowest. The best hand of this type is A-K-J of mixed suits, and the worst is 5-3-2.

Any hand of a higher type beats any hand of a lower type - for example the lowest run 4-3-2 beats the best colour A-K-J.

The dealer is chosen randomly and cards are dealt clockwise with players taking turns around the table. Each player can either put an additional bet into the table to stay in or bet nothing and fold. Everybody is dealt three cards and the boot is automatically deducted from each player and added to the pot at the start of the game. Pot is the collection of money at the centre of the table. Players have the option to look at their hand before betting (playing seen) or to leave their cards face down on the table (playing blind). Blind players can click “see” to see their cards at any time during the game. Once a blind player sees their cards, they become a seen player. The amount that you have to put in at your turn in order to stay in the game depends on the current stake, and whether you are playing blind or seen. At the start of the game the current stake is the minimum bet. During the game, the current stake is the bet placed by the player who bet before you.

If you are a blind player (you have not looked at your cards)

If the player that bet before you is seen, you must bet at least half of the current stake OR bet the current stake.

If the player that bet before you is blind, you must bet at least the current stake OR bet twice the current stake.

Example (when playing blind): (a) if the player before you is seen and bet 10, you can bet either 5 or 10 (b) if the player before you is blind and bet 10, you can bet either 10 or 20

If you are a seen player

If the player that bet before you is seen, you must bet at least the current stake OR bet twice the current stake.

If the player before you bet blind, you must bet at least twice the current stake OR bet four times the current stake.

Example (when playing seen: (a) if the player before you is seen and bet 10, you can bet either 10 or 20 (b) if the player before you is blind and bet 10, you can bet either 20 or 40

The betting continues in this way until one of the following happens:

All players except one fold their cards. In this case, the last surviving player wins all the money in the pot, irrespective of the cards held and his cards are not exposed to anyone.

All except two players fold and one of the final two players at their turn pays for a show. In this case, the cards of both players are exposed and compared and the player with the better hand wins. If both players have the same hand, the player who did not ask for the show wins.

A show cannot occur until all but two players have dropped out.

The current stake is the bet placed by the player who bet before you.

If you are a blind player

  • If the other player is blind, you can ask for a show for the current stake.
  • If the other player is seen, you can ask for a show for half the current stake.
  • In either case, you do not get to look at your own cards until after you have paid for the show.

If you are a blind player

  • If the other player is blind, you can ask for a show for twice the current stake.
  • If the other player is seen, you can ask for a show for the current stake.
  • In a show, both players' cards are exposed, and the player whose hand is higher ranking wins the pot. If the hands are equal, the player who did not pay for the show wins the pot.

Sideshow (Compromise):You can only ask for a compromise if you and the player that bet before you are both playing seen. 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.

Running out of money:If you run out of money, you can continue playing or fold. To continue playing, you can bring more money into the table from your main account or you can go all-in. If you go all-in, side pots are created to determine the winner(s). A side pot is separate pot to which not all players contributed and are not eligible to win. Side pots occur when a player goes all-in and other players continue to wager more than the all-in player. Separate showdowns occur for each side pot and for the main pot, and players not eligible to win a particular pot do not participate in the showdown for it.