Teen Patti Rules

Learn How To Play The Game

Teen Patti means 3-cards in English and originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is very similar to the English game three-card brag but has been influenced quite a lot by poker. Other names for it is Flush or Flash.

In this article, we are going to take you through the rules of Teen Patti. If you are familiar with poker, you’re going to understand this game quite quickly. However, there are some key differences, that you have to consider. We have created this piece on the basis of you being completely new to the game, so if you have never played neither poker or Teen Patti, you should find exactly what you need and quite quickly catch the rules of Teen Patti.

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Hand Ranking

Learn which hands are worth what

Before we start learning about how to bet and most importantly, how the game works, we have to start with the basics. In this case, the basics are about hand ranking and what the name of them are. The names we have given the images will relate to poker. This is to make it easier for poker players to follow this guide on the rules of Teen Patti. On the other hand, you will find the true name of the different combinations of cards written in each explanation.

On the top, you will find the best-ranked hands. The further down you get, the lower the value of the hand will become. This means that even if a hand is ranked as “worst” in one segment, it will still beat the best hand in the next segment.

Trail or Set

Beats hands like flush and straight

A trail or a set is in many ways a three of a kind, or three of the same rank. This hand beats hands like flush and straight and the reason is the total number of cards. It is simply more difficult to get three out of a total of four cards in the deck than it is to get a three-card flush or straight. The ranking of a trail or a set is based on the card value, meaning AAA beats KKK, QQQ and so on. The lowest-ranked trail or set is 222.

Best Trail or Set


Worst Trail or Set


Pure Sequence

Similar to Straight Flush

Pure Sequence is the same as a Straight Flush in poker. This hand is ranked lower than a trail or a set, but over its relatives flush and straight. The objective here is to get three cards in a row combined with the same color. Remember that both in Teen Patti and in Poker, the word color is used instead of a symbol. The ranking of a pure sequence is based on the card value. Therefore an AKQ beats KQJ and so on. The lowest-ranked pure sequence is 432.

Best Pure Sequence


Worst Sequence



Equals a straight in Poker

A sequence in Teen Patti equals a straight in poker. Being ranked the number 3 kind of hand, this is still a premium hand in Real Money Teen Patti. As you may understand, this is not as hard to get as a pure sequence and that’s the reason why it is ranked lower. The ranking of a sequence is based on the card value. You will, therefore, see AKQ beating JT9. The lowest-ranked sequence is 432.

Best Sequence


Worst Sequence



Similar to a Flush

In poker, we would refer to this hand as flush. In Teen Patti, this hand is named Color. We are moving down the ranking, but we are still talking about hands that are hard to get. The objective of getting color is to collect three cards with the same symbol. Even though the main objective is the symbol, the card ranking still plays an important role. In the unlikely scenario that both you and the dealer have a flush or color, the one with the highest-ranked card win.

Best Color


Worst Color



A Decent Hand in Teen Patti

A pair is one of few hands that are named similar in poker and Teen Patti. The objective is fairly obvious as you have to collect two cards with the same value. The color of the cards does not matter in this. If you get a pair, you have a decent hand and even though it is ranked quite low, it will quite often win you some money. The ranking of the hand is everything here and an AA will beat KK and so on. 22 is the lowest possible pair.

Best Pair


Worst Pair


High Card

The Most Common Hand

As with a pair, the name reveals the objective with this hand. Being the most likely hand to hit, you will learn this hand in and out within just a couple of games played. The ranking of individual cards has everything to say here, with A being the top card and 2 being the lowest card. If both you and the dealer have the same highest card, your second highest card will determine who wins and so on.

Best High Card


Worst High Card


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This is How Teen Patti Works

Teen Patti is known as one of the easiest games to learn in a live casino. Once you have the card ranking in your book, it’s all about when to play and when to fold. When you play with friends or on a more low-key level, you normally pick or take turns being the dealer. In a live casino, this is different as there will be an assigned dealer at each table and you will always play against him or her. In this section, we will talk about every step in the live casino version of the game and go deeper into how you follow the rules of Teen Patti. To kick it off, it is natural to start with betting and how that is done.



In the real-life version, you have a popular and fun strategy to the game, which involves playing blind-folded. In a live casino, you will have to follow this strategy at the beginning of every game. As a poker player, you may be familiar with the concept of Ante. If you are not, we will explain now.

An ante is a bet placed without having seen the cards first. In some poker games and in all Teen Patti live casino games, this is a bet you have to place. The Ante is in many ways a price you have to pay in order to participate. The amount you place will determine how much you are allowed to bet later.

In the image example, you see that we have placed 200 Indian Rupee as Ante. This allows me in the next step to bet 200 more if I feel like I have a decent chance of winning.



Place your bets

After placing the Ante, we move on to the more traditional part of the game. You will now be able to see the cards you have to play with. In a live casino, these cards are shared with everyone that is playing. However, the betting is up to you and you will not be affected by any of the other players.

When seeing the cards, you turn to the card ranking. What you now have to determine, is your chances of winning against the dealer. If you feel like there is a decent chance, you place a bet to play. If you feel there is a low chance of winning, you can choose to fold at this point.

In the image example, you will see that we got a pair of 8s and has a fair chance of winning. We decided to bet, which is now restricted to the amount I placed as ante.




This is How Teen Patti Pays

In the scenario above, the dealer got a high-card A, which we know from the card-ranking is lesser worth than our pair. That means we won the hand and got paid 2:1 or 800 Indian Rupees. As you may have understood from this example, the payout of a win is 2:1. Every time you win, you will be paid back double the amount of what you have staked on both Ante and as a normal bet.

A Push in Teen Patti

The Queen or Higher Rule

On the table in the images above, you will see an area where it says “Dealer Plays with Q high or better”. So, what does this mean to you?
If you have played blackjack, you are familiar with the expression Push. This is almost exactly what happens if the dealer has lower than Q as a high card.

The reason why we say almost is that in the event of a push in blackjack, you get your money back, or 1:1. In Teen Patti a push equals a 1.5:1 payout.

In this image, you see that we have a Q high-card. However, because the dealer’s high-card is below Q, this results in a push.


Side Bets

A fun part of Teen Patti

When playing Teen Patti in a live casino, you will soon discover that there are more opportunities in the game than just standard play. Next to the betting area, you see segments named “Pair or better” as well as “3+3 Bonus”. These are called side bets and are additional bets you can make when playing. Since there has to be played before you see the cards, side bets are considered a game of luck. However, because it is possible to predict how many times these events will hit, you can implement a strategy.

Pair or Better

This is a pretty straight forward and self-explaining side bet. When you have a bet on this segment, you win extra every time you get a pair or better. However, the objective with this side-bet is to get something better, as it pays better, the better hand you have.

Payout table:

3+3 Bonus

The player’s objective is to make the best five-card poker hand by combining the player’s three cards with the dealer’s three cards. That means you win when you hit three of a kind or better, according to poker hand ranking.

Payout Table:

FLUSH 20:1

Keep in mind that side-bets are there for two purposes. One is to create a better user experience, with more entertainment for you as the player. The second is for the casino to earn money. The theoretical return to player on side-bets is lower than in normal game-play.

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