Wondering How to Play Teen Patti Online? Let’s Clear your Doubts!
Online or offline, the rules for playing Teen Patti remain more or less the same. However, an RNG or live dealer version of the game at a casino site might often digress from the traditional rules. For the uninitiated, I have explained the basics of the game, which you must know if you are about to play Teen Patti for real money at an online casino. So, let’s get started!
To know the rules of the traditional game, you need to learn about the basic requirements, the hand rankings, how the game begins and how the betting proceeds.
What are the requirements
Number of cards: 52 minus the Joker
Playing style: Counterclockwise
Number of players: 3 to 6
How does the game start?
Before the game begins, an ante or boot amount is collected from each player and placed on the table. This is known as the ‘pot’ which determines the minimum amount of money at stake. The game starts with the dealer beginning with the player sitting next to him to distribute the cards. Each player gets three cards face-down after which the betting begins.
Goal of the game: to maximize the pot value and get the best or highest three-card hand.
How do the hands rank?
In traditional Teen Patti, Aces rank the highest and 2s the lowest. Based on such rules, these are the 6 categories of the handA set of playing cards in 3 or 5 rankings arranged from the highest to the lowest rank.
1. Trail, Set or Trio (Best hand combination in Teen Patti)
Three cards of the same kind regardless of color or suit form a trail. Three Aces are the highest and three 2s are the lowest in rank.
Highest ranked trail
Lowest in rank
2. Pure Sequence or Straight Flush or Pakki Round
Three consecutive cards of the same suit (and hence, the same color) form a pure sequence. The order of ranking begins with A-2-3 (of Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, Clubs) and ends with 4-3-2. Please note that A-K-Q is the second highest in a pure sequence in Teen Patti. Also, K-A-2 is not considered a straight flush.
Highest ranked pure sequence
Lowest in rank
3. Sequence, Run or Straight
Three consecutive cards of three different suits form a sequence. The highest is A-2-3 followed by A-K-Q, K-Q-J and so on till it reaches 4-3-2. Players should note that K-A-2 is not considered a valid hand in Teen Patti.
Highest ranked sequence
Lowest in rank
4. Color or Flush
Three cards of the same suit (and hence, the same color) that are not in sequence form a rank called color or flush. The highest hand is A-K-J and the lowest is 5-3-2 .
Highest ranked flush
Lowest in rank
Two cards of a kind with the same rank along with the third card of a consecutive rank form a pair regardless of color or suit. The value of the third card determines the winner. The highest-ranking hand is A-A-K and the lowest is 2-2-3.
Highest ranked pair
Lowest in rank
6. High Card
Three cards of different suits and colors that are not in sequence form a high card. The highest-ranking hand is A-K-J of mixed suits and the lowest is 5-3-2.
Highest high card
Second highest high card
Lowest in rank
Teen Patti hand ranking sheet for download
You can download our ‘cheat sheet” with the Teen Patti’s hand rankings to see which sequence beets what, and use it next time you play online.
It cover both types of hand rankings (Traditional and variant) where there is a difference of which sequence are the highest one.
What is the betting procedure?
In Teen Patti, the player with the best-ranking hand or one who remains in the game till the end wins the pot. Once all the players are dealt three cards each, they have the following options to choose from:
Place an additional bet into the pot to continue playing.
FoldTo fold in a game of cards is to quit and discard the hand, thus rejecting the prize money. and give up.
Players who wish to continue betting can do it in the following ways:
Be a ‘seenThe player who has seen his cards’ player by looking at the cards and preparing to place bets.
Be a ‘blindThe player who has not seen his cards’ player by leaving the cards face-down and continuing placing bets.
Irrespective of whether you are a seen or a blind player, the bet value depends on the current pot size. Blind players must place a bet which is at least equal to the current stake and does not exceed 2x the amount. Seen players must place a bet which is at least 2x the current stake and does not exceed 4x the amount. For the first player, the ante is the current stake. For the subsequent players, the previous player’s bet amount is the current stake.
In Teen Patti, the bet amount placed by a seen player is known as ‘chaal’ and can be of two types – a call or a raise. If the player chooses to match the highest bet, it is known as a call. If he decides to up the ante, it is known as a raise. A raise in Teen Patti is always in multiples of even numbers – 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, etc.
Let me now describe the betting procedure with an example.
Ramesh, Suresh and Hitesh are playing Teen Patti where all of them have decided to play as blind players. If the ante is ₹100 and Ramesh has to bet first, he needs to wager at least ₹100 to continue. Alternatively, his bet amount can reach up to ₹200 (2x of ₹100). Depending on what Ramesh decides, the bet amount for Suresh will vary from ₹100 to ₹400 if he plays blind and ₹200 to ₹800 if he chooses to see his cards.
If the third player Hitesh decides to play as a seen player, he has to place a bet of value ₹200 to ₹1600 (if Suresh plays blind) or ₹400 to ₹3200 (if Suresh plays as a seen player). Assuming Ramesh is still playing blind, he can wager any amount between ₹200 and ₹3200 (if Suresh plays blind), or between ₹400 and ₹6400 (if Suresh plays as a seen player).
Blind: Min ₹100 Max ₹200
Blind: Min ₹100 Max ₹400
Seen: Min ₹200 Max ₹800
Blind: Min ₹100 Max ₹1600
Seen: Min ₹200 Max ₹3200
Seen: Min ₹200 Max ₹400
Blind: Min ₹200 Max ₹800
Seen: Min ₹400 Max ₹1600
Blind: Min ₹200 Max ₹3200
Seen: Min ₹400 Max ₹6400
Players must note that playing blind might sound advantageous. However, it comes with limitations and largely depends on the pot size. At any time, a blind player might be obliged to become a seen player. Once you’re a seen player, there is no going back to being a blind player.
At any point in a round of Teen Patti, you can decide to fold and quit the game if you believe you don’t have a profitable hand. You can also request the player betting immediately before you for a side pot or compromise provided both of you are playing as seen players. It is up to the player to accept or refuse the request.
Depending on his choice, the following events might occur:
If a compromise is accepted, the two players compare their hands. The player with a lower-ranking hand must fold immediately. Alternatively, if it’s a tie, the one requesting the compromise must fold immediately.
If a compromise is rejected, the player requesting it must bet an amount equal to the previous player’s bet.
The betting continues until one of the following events happen:
All players except one have folded. In this case, the last player takes home the pot even if his hand isn’t the highest ranking. His cards are not shown to anyone.
All players except two have folded and one of the remaining players has decided to ‘show’ their hands. Please note that if both the players decide not to show, the game would continue. Also, the one who shows his hand second has to pay an amount equal to the previous bet or fold. The one with the highest Teen Patti sequence wins the pot. In case of a tie, the player who didn’t request the show wins the pot.
There are certain rules about requesting a show. For instance, if both the players are playing blind, one of them can ask for a show for the current stake. However, if the one requesting the show is blind and the other seen, he can ask for a show for half the current stake. Blind players can look at their cards only after they’ve played for the show.
Similarly, a seen player can ask a blind player to show his cards for four times the current stake. If the other player is also seen, the amount can be equal to twice the current stake.
How does online Teen Patti differ from the offline game?
Online Teen Patti might differ not just in rules, but also in the way it is presented to players. If you’re playing an RNG game Random Number Generator (RNG) is an algorithm that generates random outcomes for a game of luck., you will be handed out virtual playing cards. If you opt for the live dealer game A live dealer game is streamed live from a remote casino room on a gambling site and run by real human croupiers., you get to play with human croupiers who hand out real cards in real-time. This is basic.
However, some Teen Patti games would let you play one-on-one with the dealer without involving more players in the game. Others might allow a maximum of 3 players. Yet others can include more players. Furthermore, you are obliged to play as a seen player in most online versions of Teen Patti.
The hand rankings, too might differ. For instance, we’ve already discussed that a Pure Sequence in the traditional game begins with A-2-3 of the same suit. However, in most online versions, the highest hand in a Pure Sequence is A-K-Q of the same suit. Similarly, the highest-ranking hand in traditional Run is A-2-3 of different suits. But, the online versions usually show it as A-K-Q of different suits.
A stark difference can also be seen in the way the bets are placed. In some online Teen Patti versions, the entire game is about betting on the outcome. As and when the game proceeds and each card is dealt, players, who are pitted against each other, need to bet on the hand that is likely to win. The odds are recalculated after each card is dealt.
Moreover, when you are playing the game online, you would seldom get to try the different styles of playing the traditional game. I’ve discussed the variations of Teen Patti in a separate article. Don’t forget to read it.
The rules of Teen Patti further depend on how the individual software providers have designed the games. To explain it with more clarity, I have discussed below the Teen Patti versions from the following top providers in the industry:
Super Spade Games
Ezugi Teen Patti vs. traditional Teen Patti
Ezugi currently has two versions for Teen Patti – the live dealer game and another called ‘Bet on Teen Patti.’
Live Teen Patti: It won’t be wrong to call its Live Teen Patti as 3 Card Poker. Perhaps this is why the provider has clubbed the game under its Poker section. Apart from the standard game, players can bet on 2 side bets – PairTwo cards with the same number or Better and 3 + 3 Bonus. Dealer tippingGive, or tip the dealer a percentage of your winnings, usually ranged between 2-10% is available and the game can be accessed 24/7.
Players are pitted against the dealer one-on-one. To win, a player’s cards must rank higher than the dealer’s card. Like the traditional game, a player has to bet an ante amount before the cards are dealt. However, unlike the traditional game, the dealer deals the player’s cards face up and his own cards face down. It means the player is automatically a seen player in the beginning and the dealer a blind player.The player now has the option to bet an amount equal to the ante and play the hand or fold and quit. In the showdown, the dealer then reveals his cards. Whoever has the best hand, wins the ante. There’s a little catch, however. The dealer must have a qualifying hand (Queen high) in this game to make payments. If you win in the absence of the dealer’s qualifying hand, your hand gets pushed and you are returned your bet amount. Here are the possible outcomes of the game:
Dealer disqualifies, you win
Dealer qualifies, you win
Dealer qualifies, you lose
Dealer qualifies, it’s a tie
The side bets are optional and paid irrespective of the result of the main game. They must be placed alongside the opening wagers in the base game. The Pairs or Better side bet pays when the dealer has a pair or better in his hand. The 3 + 3 side bet pays when the combined hand of the player and dealer has a three of a kind or better.
Players must note that online Teen Patti comes with fixed RTP (Return to Player RTP is a value that all casino games have. It shows you how much you are expected to win in the long run. A game with a 96% RTP is for instance expected to return ₹96 for every ₹100 staked.) percentages. For instance, the ante in Ezugi’s Live Teen Patti has an RTP of 96.63%. Therefore, the player would receive 96.63 credits for every 100 credits he bets over a period of time. Similarly, the RTP of Pair or Better side bet is 95.51% and that of the 3 + 3 side bet is 91.44%.
Bet on Teen Patti: Ezugi’s Bet on Teen Patti is more of a live guessing game where Player A is pitted against Player B, three cards are dealt for each and the user needs to bet on which player will have a higher ranking hand. Dealer tipping is possible and the game comes with the same 2 side bets – Pair Plus (similar to Pair or Better) and 3 + 3 Bonus that carry the same RTP.
The gameplay is unlike the traditional format of placing an initial ante. Instead, users are required to place a bet on player A or B to participate in the game before the cards are dealt. It is worth noting that both the players are always ‘seen’ players in this game, which means the cards are always dealt face up.
Evoplay Teen Patti vs. traditional Teen Patti
Evoplay’s Teen Patti functions on RNG algorithms, which means there won’t be any live croupier dealing your cards. You would play against an AI and hope for lady luck to smile on you. The game has an RTP of 97.5%, which means you will get back 97.5 credits of every 100 credits you bet.
Evoplay clearly states that its version of Teen Patti is based on the rules of classic poker so you know what to expect. Needless to say, it is different from the traditional version. However, like the traditional game, players can choose to play blind. An ante amount has to be placed initially following which you can make a deal and choose to see your cards or play blind.
If you play blind, an amount equal to the ante will go into the bet. You can now undo the move or see your cards. Once you’ve seen the cards, you will have the option to continue betting or fold. Whether you choose to bet or fold, the dealer cards will reveal and the showdown will happen. The game will then be open for a new bet or re-bet.
On the other hand, if you choose to see your cards right after making a deal, you will have the option to bet or fold. If you choose to bet, an amount 2x the ante will go into the pot and showdown will happen. If you choose to fold, the dealer cards will reveal and the game will be open for a new bet or re-bet.
Super Spade Games Teen Patti vs. traditional Teen Patti
Super Spade Games’ Teen Patti is more aligned to the traditional version than any of the other online versions of the game. This one is a live dealer game that allows three players to bet against the dealer simultaneously and comes with an ante bet, a standard bet and a pair +.
The game begins with players putting the minimum bet into the ante. Three cards are dealt for each player face down. If a player wants to place an additional bet, it has to be equal to the ante amount. The cards are then seen. The dealer gets to stay only if his hand has a Queen high or better. Once a player is out the strongest hand between the other two wins.
The ante and standard bet pay out at 1:1 odds. A good thing about this live Teen Patti game is players get to view the statistics of the previous 15 rounds they played. Because this game is GLI-certified, I highly recommend players to try it at least once. Word of caution: players expecting early payouts might be disappointed.
Betconstruct Teen Patti vs. traditional Teen Patti
Betconstruct’s Teen Patti is very similar to Ezugi’s Bet on Teen Patti. Player A is pitted against player B and the user is required to bet on which player will have a higher ranking hand. However, the betting takes place as and when each card is dealt.
The odds get recalculated after each dealing. Additionally, side bets can be played alongside the main hand. Those who are used to playing Teen Patti the traditional way might find these versions amusing because of the way they are played. They are similar, yet different.
A note on Octro Teen Patti
If you are wondering why I left out the insanely popular Octro Teen Patti from this discussion, I’d like to tell you that this is not a real money game. It is more of a multiplayer social game which comes in the form of a mobile app and can be played via Facebook with your friends or strangers in public or private. You’d be offered chips with which you can place bets.
While Octro Teen Patti follows the traditional rules of the game, its hand rankings differ. For a Pure Sequence, the highest hand is A-K-Q of the same suit and for a Run it is A-K-Q of different suits. Play it only if you want to learn the game and especially the different variations such as Muflis, AK47, 999, Joker, Revolving Joker, 4X Boot, Banco and more. Otherwise, it is just another source of entertainment without real money winnings.
Some people might argue that it is possible to make money online by playing Octro Teen Patti. However, most of them are players who exchange their chips for cash in private. The game makers are not part of this activity as no monetary transactions except in-app purchases are supported. In case you choose to buy or sell the chips in private, you always run the risk of getting defrauded. Moreover, this is unethical.If you want to make the most of your gaming sessions, there are a number of online casinos to play Teen Patti for real money. Try them instead.
Although the rules for playing Teen Patti online are more or less the same, players might find subtle differences depending on the type of game they are playing.
Also, if you are a diehard fan of this amazing game, you must try out the live dealer versions from Ezugi, Super Spade Games, Evoplay and Betconstruct. Not sure where to find them? We’ve sorted a list of Teen Patti casinos just for you. Just sign up, make a deposit and enjoy the game.