Want to earn money this Diwali? Try Teen Patti
'Taash' or playing cards are synonymous with Diwali. Wonder if its their moolah raking ability or the fact that these games are a simple 'shagan' (ritual) followed during the festival of lights, what's true is that they are a hit amongst all Indians. And, if you've been devoid of this fun all these years, only because you don't quite know how to play cards or 'Teen Patti' to be precise, then we're here to help you, as we decode this game of luck for you:
The game begins when the players agree upon the value of the minimum stake. Thereafter, everyone places this minimum stake in the pot - a collection box of money kept in the centre of the table (which will be won by one of the players eventually). The dealer deals out all the cards one at a time until everyone is left with three cards. Then, the players bet on who has the best three card hand (haath). Each player has the option to look at their three-card hand before betting (playing seen) or to leave their cards face down on the table (playing blind).
Following are the rankings with which the winner is decided:
Trio means three cards of the same rank. Three aces are the best trio and three twos are the lowest.
Straight run implies three consecutive cards of the same suit. Ace can be used in the run A-2-3, which is the highest straight run.
A normal run indicates three consecutive cards, which are not all of the same suit.
Following the colour ranking means selecting any three cards of the same suit. When comparing two colours, compare the highest card; if these are equal compare the second; if these are equal too, compare the lowest.
Pair ranking means having any two cards of the same rank. Between two such hands, compare the pair first, then the odd card if these are equal.
Highest card ranking is followed when there are three cards that do not belong to any of the above types. The players compare the highest card first, then the second highest, then the lowest.
Betting process: The betting begins with players taking turns in clockwise order around the table, for as many times as required. Each player can either put an additional bet into the pot or pay nothing further and fold. When folding the game, the player permanently drops out of the betting and sacrifices the money he/she has put into the pot during that deal. If you are a blind player, you may choose to look at your cards when your turn comes to bet. You then become a seen player and from that turn onwards you must bet at least twice the current stake (or fold).
Once all the players have shown their cards after betting the minimum amount, you (upon your turn) can ask the player before you in the order for a compromise. That player can accept or refuse the compromise.