Teen Pathi (or ‘Patti’) is an Indian game which is very similar to the British 3 card Brag. Teen Patti (Indian for “three cards”) is often also known as ‘Flush’ and is played using a standard 52 card deck with cards ranking from high (ace) to low (two).
Teen Patti is played best with between 4 and 8 players and the aim of the game is to bet accurately on which player has the highest ranking hand.
The minimum stake is decided before starting a game and must be paid into the pot by every participating player. Cards are then dealt face-down in a clockwise direction one by one until all players have 3 cards and all players can choose to play ‘seen’ (look at their cards before placing their bet) or ‘blind’ (leave their cards face-down on the table).
The dealer button is assigned to the first seat before play begins and moves clockwise from player to player throughout the game. Betting begins with the player seated on the left side of the dealer and moves clockwise around the table until all players have taken their turn. This pattern is repeated during the next round. There are no limits to the number of rounds played in Teen Pathi.
When it is their turn, the amount of the bet players need to put in the pot to continue in the game depends on whether they are playing ‘seen’ or ‘blind’.
For every round played, blind players must bet an amount which is at least the current stake and is not more than double the current stake. Seen players must bet an amount which is at least double the current stake and no more than four times the current stake. (On their turn, blind players may decide to look at their cards. At this point the player becomes ‘seen’ and must bet accordingly.)
Alternatively, if a player believes that they have a weak hand which is unlikely to win, they can decide to ‘fold’ when it is their turn to play. Players who fold forfeit their claims to all money put into the pot and must either leave the table or wait for the next hand to be dealt before playing again.
The game ends when either all players except one have folded (the remaining player is then declared the winner and awarded the pot) or when two players remain and one player pays for a ‘show’ (placing all cards face up on the table and comparing combinations).
A show happens only when only two players remain in the game and one player pays for and requests the show on their turn. The amount a player pays for the show varies depending on the player’s current status. If one player is blind and the other seen, only the blind player can request a show.
The blind player must the pay the current stake into the pot and may not look at their cards until the show has been paid. Likewise, if both players are blind, the player requesting the show must first pay the current stake into the pot and only look at their cards once the show has been paid. If both players are seen, either player may request a show and must pay double the current stake amount.
If, during the show, both shown hands are of an equally high rank, the player who did not request the show wins the pot.
If all players at the table are seen, a player may decide to pay double the current stake and request a compromise with the player who acted immediately before them.
This compromise may be refused (and betting will continue as before) or accepted (the players involved in the compromise will then reveal their cards to each other and the player with the lowest ranking hand will fold on their next turn. If both hands are of equal ranking, the player requesting the compromise must fold).
Different variations of Teen Pathi may be made available including minor adjustments in the rules. For full information on the rules applicable to the Teen Pathi table you want to join, please review the table information in the Poker Nuts lobby.
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