Ina general Teen Patti rules, the betting starts with the player who is next left to the dealer and continues with players taking turns in clockwise order around the table, for as many rounds as are needed.
Each player in turn can either put an additional bet into the pot to stay in the game or choose to fold and pay no further money. When you choose to fold, it means that you drop out of the deal and lose any money you have already place into the pot previously. If you learn the betting rules thoroughly and are capable to find the pattern in games, some of the Teen Patti strategy may be based on this.
The total amount that you have to bet at your turn to stay in the game depends on the “previous wager” , and whether you are playing blind or seen (a seen player is known in Hindi as ‘chaal’). Seen players have to bet twice as much as blind players to stay in. At the starting of the Teen Patti betting, the current stake is one unit (i.e. the amount that each player put in the pot as an ante).
Play Seen or Blind
If you are a “Blind” player (you don’t see your cards), you must put in at least the current stake and not more than twice the current stake. The current stake for the next player is then the total stake that you put in.
If you choose to be a “Seen” player, you must bet at least twice the current stake, and not more than four times the current stake. The current stake for the next player becomes half the total stake that you bet.
If you play “blind”, you may decide to see your cards when your betting turn comes. You then become a seen player, and from that turn, you must bet at least twice the current stake (or fold).
Basically, in Teen Patti strategy we usually advise people to play blind, because it might allow them to have chances to win more money if they are experienced enough. Also, it’s a great time for you to observe others’ reactions.
The betting then continues until one of the following things happens:
1. All except one player have folded. In that case, the last surviving player wins all the money in the pot, irrespective of the cards held.
2. All except two players have folded and one of these players at their turn pays for a show. In that case, the cards of both players are exposed and compared.
See the rules for a show below:
A show cannot occur until all but two players have dropped out.
If you play “Blind”, the cost of a show is the current stake, paid into the pot, irrespective of whether the other player is blind or seen. You do not look at your own cards until after you have already paid for the show.
If you play “Seen” and the other player plays “Blind”, you are not allowed to demand a show. The seen player can only continue betting or drop out.
If both players are seen, either player in turn may pay twice the current stake for a show.
In a show, both players’ cards are exposed, and the player whose hand is higher ranking wins the pot. If the hands are equal, the player who did not pay for the show wins the pot.
If all the players are seen, then at your turn, immediately after betting the minimum amount (twice the current stake), you can ask the player who bet immediately before you for a compromise, also known as a sideshow. The player before you can accept or refuse the compromise.
If the request is accepted, the two players then involved privately compare their cards, and the player with the lower ranking cards must immediately fold. If they are equal, the player who asked for the request must fold. So it’s actually a little bit risky to do this.
If the request is refused, the betting continues as usual with the player after the one who asked for the request.
For example, players A, B , C & D are playing the game. They all put 1 unit on the table and D deals. Player A decides to play blind and puts one more unit. Player B sees his cards and folds. Player C plays blind and bets one unit. Player D looks at his cards and puts in 2 units (the minimum amount); the current stake remains at one unit.
Player A raises the stake by putting in 2 units. Player C looks at his cards and folds. Player D puts in 4 units (the minimum amount for a seen player since A chas raised the current stake to 2). Player A decides to look at his cards, and having done so he puts in 4 units and asks for a show. Player D shows his cards and the winner takes it all.
Note that the betting rules and process in Teen Patti strategy is quite different from Poker betting. There is no concept of making the same bets, and a showdown is not possible with more than two players.