Teen Patti: Gameplay, Rules, and Variations

What is a Teen Patti? 

Teen Patti is a card game that involves some features of the Poker game. It is a gambling game that originated in subcontinent countries and is very popular in Asia. In foreign countries, Teen Patti is known as Three-card Brag. 

How to play Teen Patti?

Teen Patti is played by 2 to 7 players and 52 card packs are used without jokers. Very similar to other card games, the Teen Patti game starts by placing a bet. Normally, there is a fixed amount in place so that players can bet before the start of the play or before the cards are distributed. When a player places the bet then the initial amount (boot amount) is collected from everyone playing the game and each player is dealt three cards face down. The initial amount (boot amount) is a very small amount of cash at stake which is kept in a pot and the pot is placed in the middle of the table. 

Once the players are dealt three cards, the next step is to make a call or a raise. If you have played some card games like Poker before, you must be aware of these two terms. To make a call indicates that the player will continue in the game, but won’t raise his bet, whereas, making a raise means that the player will be adding cash in the pot, by risking to win or lose more than the first bet. Betting on Teen Patti is not the same as poker. In Teen Patti, you are required to place all the bets in equal amounts, which means if a player makes a bet of 2 coins with another player placing 4, the previous player will have to place 4 additional coins instead of just 2 to the earlier 2. 

Rules of Teen Patti game

In the Teen Patti game, Aces are ranked with the highest order and 2 is ranked with the lowest order. The goal is to get the top 3 card hands and increase the pot value before the game ends. 

Here are the rankings of cards starting from highest to lowest. 

Trail or Set 

Three cards with identical numbers in them are the best hand you can get. However, if you get three twos that’s the lowest hand you can get. 

Straight Flush

Three consecutive cards from the same suit. 


Similar to a straight flush, where the unit will be different. 


When you receive a flush, it means you got cards that belong to the same unit, but are not in a sequence. In this case, it’s important to compare the cards from the highest to the second-highest, to the lowest – when you compare two colors. The highest are A, K, and J. On the contrary, we have 5, 3, and 2. 


Between two pairs, the one that has the highest value is the winner. In case the pairs have the same value, then the kicker’s card will determine the winner. 

High Card

In this case, the three cards are not in a sequence, not all are from the same suit and there aren’t any two cards that have the same value. If two players have a common high card, the next highest card will be used to decide the winner. 

Variations of Teen Patti

If we talk about card games, in particular, Teen Patti is one of the top games that comes to mind. It is very famous in India and there are so many variations of Teen Patti. 

So, let’s take a look at some top & popular variations of Teen Patti. 


It is a unique Teen Patti variation that is based on getting the worst card possible. The rules are the same as the regular Teen Patti game but the only difference here is the ranking of hands in this variation is reversed. The worst hand is considered the highest card. For example, if you get three 8’s and your opponent player gets 3-4-2, then the opponent will win. 

One Joker, One Bust

The dealer deals three cards to every player. The twist is, two cards are placed face down on the table.  One card is a joker out of these two cards, and the other is a killer or a bust card. If you want to see the joker or the bust card, you can pay counters and make the cards active for the game. The players who do not pay counters might not see the bust or the joker card. 


This variation is one of the most famous variations of the Teen Patti game online play nowadays, 999 is a version where a hand nearest to 999 wins the game. The game rules are almost the same as the regular Teen Patti games, the value of all face cards (K, Q, L, 10) has a value of zero. Here, the goal is to get as close as to a certain number without getting burst. 

Lowest Card Joker

How about converting your lowest value card to Joker? Sounds interesting, isn’t it? 

This is exactly what this variant plays at. This is one of the most popular variations among Teen Patti enthusiasts. In this variant, the lowest valued card in your hand is the joker which can boost your winning chances. For instance, if you have 7-3-6, 3 will be the joker, it is the lowest card. Also, if there are two similar cards of the lowest value, they will act as a joker. You can use these joker cards to form a sequence. 

Highest Card Joker

You never get bored while playing Teen Patti. The highest card joker is completely opposite of the lowest card joker. The card with the highest value card will act as a joker. For instance, if you have a 6-7-8 set, the 8 will be the joker, and you can consider it as 2 to form a sequence. 

Wrapping Up!

So, got some ideas about the Teen Patti card game? Teen Patti is very popular in India. The above-mentioned points describe Teen Patti’s gameplay, rules, and variations. There are so many variations of Teen Patti and the fun never stops.