Origins of Teen Patti game

The game of Teen Patti is said to have originated in the East, in the country of India in particular, however, the game is being played in many western countries, such as the United States and Europe. No one knows exactly how the game when the West started playing the game, and who is responsible for introducing the game to the other half of the world.

Quite a number of westerners play Teen Patti and are enthusiasts of the game. Apart from the Indian nationals who have relocated to the United States, the game is attracting followers of other nationalities and varying ages as well. The growing interest in Teen Patti can be seen through the increasing number of Teen Patti gaming websites in the Internet as well as the introduction of this game in casinos and other similar gambling places. Why is this game, which only uses three cards, so popular?

One can surmise several possible reasons behind the popularity of the game in the west. One reason could be the simplicity of the rules and the similarity of the hierarchy of cards to the very popular game of poker (high card, pair, colours also known as a flush, normal run or a straight, straight run which is a straight flush in poker, and a trio). To play, you simply agree on a minimum stake before the three, non-changeable cards are dealt, you either look at it or not, you place bets and keep placing bets until someone folds, asks for a compromise, or demands for a show (which only happens when two players are left). Although compromises and shows are governed by a different set of rules, the game is still easy to understand. At the end of everything, the player with the best hand wins! How difficult is that? There is no need for strategizing. No need to give up cards in exchange for new ones from the dealer. None of that, you deal only with the three cards that lie face down in front of you.

Another reason why Teen Patti is gaining its own share of steady followers may be traced too, to how the game differs from Poker when it comes to placing bets. Wagers cannot be equalized and showdowns between more than two players are not allowed. This makes the game even more thrilling and exciting – hallmarks of a great leisure or gambling activity.

Teen Patti – How to play

The game of Teen Patti is fairly easy to play. Before the game starts, all the players agree on a minimum stake. This pot is usually placed in the centre of the table and will be claimed by the player who has the best set of cards. The game starts when the dealer hands out three cards one at a time to all the players. The cards are dealt face down and the players may opt to place a bet on the cards in front of them with or without checking what they have. If the player opts to peek at his cards, he is playing seen, and if he chooses not to look at his cards, he is playing blind.

After the cards have been dealt, betting then starts. The game ends when only one player is left (with the others folding) or when only two players are left and a show is needed to determine the final winner. There are rules that govern a “show”. A show only happens when there are two players left. For those playing blind, the cost of a show is the same as what is at stake and you can only look at your cards after you have given the amount needed for the show. Seen players are not allowed to ask for a show. Seen players can only fold or keep on betting. For games where the two participants are seen players, either one may pay for a show. Afterwards, when the cards are revealed, the hand that has the higher rank gets the pot. In the rare occasion that both hands are of the same rank, the player who did not ask for a show wins the game.

Aside from shows, there are also compromises. This only occurs when all the players took a peek at their cards (a seen game). If you want to ask for a compromise, after you have placed the minimum bet which is double the present amount at stake, you can then ask the player who placed a bet prior to you for a compromise. If the player accepts the compromise, you and he compare cards in private and the one with the lower ranking hand folds. If the player refuses, then betting goes on as usual. For equal ranking cards, the player who requested for the compromise is obliged to bow out of the game. Play, then, continues until only one is left standing.