rules of teen Patti

Teen Patti is also recognised as “three cards” game. It is a well known and popular card game in India. It is an Indian betting game, also recognised as Flush and is almost similar to the British game 3 Card Brag. A worldwide 52 card deck is used, cards ranking in the standard order from Ace (high) down to 2 (low). It is possibly best for 4 to 7 players.

Players & Deck

Number of cards are required to play is 52 cards (without wild cards). This game is good for 4 to 7 players.

Number of players Deck of cards Number of cards dealt
2 -4 Players 1 deck 3 cards each
5 - 7 Players 1 deck 3 cards each

The Deal

The dealer can be any one of the player selected at random, the dealer shuffles the cards and the player to the right of the dealer cuts the cards and places them at center of the table, remaining cards are issued to each player 3 cards face down.

Ranking of Cards - The ranking of cards from high to low is as fallows in order.

Note - Ace's are high and two's are low.

SET - All three identical rank cards are called set.

The highest set: A A A and the lowest set: 2 2 2

Straight Run - Three cards of same suit with consecutive numbers are called straight run. The highest to lowest rank as follows:

A 2 3 followed by A K Q followed by K Q J and 4 3 2

Normal Run - Three cards of consecutive numbers with different suits are called normal run.

A 2 3 and A K Q and 4 3 2

Color - Three cards of same suit, irrespective of their ranks is called color.

A K J and 6 8 10

Pair - Two cards with equal rank are called pairs, irrespective of suits.

5 5 J and J

High Card - If 3 cards does not related to any of the above types then ranks of the cards are compared. The highest rank card holder is the winner.

A has 4 3 2 and B has A K J

In the above example B has the highest cards, so B is the winner.

How to play teen Patti

Minimum Bidding (Compulsory)

Each player must agree for some minimum chips before starting the game and place the chips at centre of the table.

Optional Bidding (Optional)

Each player starting from the player left to the dealer can bid or go out of round after seeing cards but he looses minimum chips.

Blind Bidding (Optional)

In each round the players can play with or without seeing the cards, one who plays with seeing cards has to place the double amount than the player who playing without seeing cards.

Example - A, B, C and D are playing game with minimum chips 2, A is the dealer and he deals 3 cards each.

Player Bidding Optional
A View cards before bidding
B Did not see cards before bidding
C View cards before bidding
D Did not see cards before bidding

Since 'A' views cards, if he decides to continue play he has to place 4 chips, 'B' can continue with 2 chips or raise chips to 4, 'C' can continue game by double chips of 'B' or leave round. 'D' can continue with same chips of 'B' without seeing cards or leave round by seeing cards or continue with double chips of 'B'.

Compromise (Optional)

Any number of players (subject to less than one from the total players) can compromise privately in game, if they feel their cards are least compare to other players.

Example - If A and C continues game with double chips, but later B feels he would like to check with C, so he invite C to compromise, if C agrees then both compares cards, the player with least ranking cards has to leave the round.

When to go out

Bidding continues until all players quit from the bidding, if 2 players remains, the highest ranking cards holder is the winner. If both have same ranking cards, the player who called for go out is the looser.


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