Indian Poker is a simplified version of the regular Poker game. Also known as Teen Patti in the Indian Subcontinent, it was created with a single premise, i.e. to offer a more fun approach towards regular poker games. Indian Poker quickly became a very popular card game in India since it provided both fun and excitement of taking risks.
How Can You Play Indian Poker?
Mostly played in social gatherings, usually up to 10 persons can play the game at one table. The highest card in this game is the Ace, and you can use it strategically to eliminate the competition. The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. An Ante is placed before the game starts. This is a pre-decided forced bet which is required in order to play the game. The dealer, who is picked randomly, deals three cards face down to each player. Deal and turns begin with the player left to the current dealer. After the cards are dealt, players are free to either see their cards or bet for their unseen cards, known as blind.
The main objective of playing Indian Poker aka Teen Patti is to make the highest (or best) three-card combination in the game. Each player can call, raise or fold in the game. The bet amount for seen cards is double the bet amount of blind cards. A player may either choose to raise this bet amount or fold their cards to leave the current hand. The player with the highest card combination will be the one taking the pot here and that’s something to keep in mind. The game will continue from here and in order to do that the person to the left of the dealer will now deal the cards.
1. The three-card combination are ranked as follows: 2. Three of a Kind (highest) 3. Straight Run 4. Normal Run 5. Colour 6. Pair 7. High Card (lowest)
Should You Play Poker or Indian Poker?
Poker was invented specifically with an idea of posing challenging conditions to the players. Only good strategic moves can take a player from rags to riches. It focuses on the best five-card combination. Card ranks are similar to that of Indian Poker. The only difference is that the dealer deals two cards face down in the first round to each player. In the subsequent rounds, five more cards are dealt, but these cards are same for each player and are being placed in the middle of the table. The objective is to make the best hand of five cards. The player with the best hand of five cards claims all the content of the pot. On the other hand, Indian Poker has a bit more fun-filled approach towards the entire experience. You may play blind or see your cards and bluff all along.
Both the games involve betting and carry equated amount of risks as everything highly depends upon the cards that are being dealt to the player. But if you have a knack for bluffing, you can easily transform a losing game into a clear win. The fact that you can raise a bet despite having low cards to bamboozle others into thinking that you have high cards makes Indian poker very interesting. However, always remember that it involves a very high risk of losing all your money too! So play it smart and play it wise.
You shouldn’t hesitate to play Indian Poker if you want to have fun with your friends. However, if you want something more competitive that can be played on large amounts of money then regular Poker is a good option for you!
Harish Pal is a digital marketer at Gamentio. A computer engineer by education, social games enthusiast, and also likes to read and write about latest gaming and game development technologies. Get in touch with him via Twitter @iHarishPal .