Top 5 Card Games People Enjoy Playing in India

  • | Saturday | 28th December, 2019

 Indians have started adopting card games more of late. The games they prefer playing are rummy, teen patti, andar bahar, satte pe satta, poker and more.

Playing card games have been popular across the globe for centuries. In India, card games are a prevalent source of entertainment for a very long time now and continue to be a connecting string in the social life. A few card games and their variations are native to the Indian land and a few interesting ones are adopted from foreign countries.

Playing card games can be a great way to bring people of different regions, religions and generations together. With the penetration of internet and online gaming, the card games have gained further popularity worldwide. From Diwali celebrations to gambling, card games remain to be an excellent pastime for people of all ages.

Let us now explore the 5 most popular card games people enjoy playing in India.

1. Rummy

Rummy is one of the most famous and longest standing games in the card game history. Being a really fascinating game, rummy demands players to use their analytical skills to win. This multi-deck card game can be played between two to six players with 10, 13 or 21 cards each, depending on the number of players.

The object of the game is to form proper sequences and sets. You must have at least one pure sequence (i.e. three cards belonging to the same suit in sequential order). The remaining can be sets of three or four cards of different suits but of same value – You can include your jokers as well to form sets.

2. Teen Patti

Teen patti is a famous Indian-origin card game, which is closely related to the British game, Three-Card Brag. The players are dealt with three cards each from a regular 52-card deck without the jokers. Before the game begins, the players need to drop a minimum ante into the pot placed on the table. This game is quite popular in many of the new Indian online casino websites.

If you believe you have a strong hand, you can add more money into the pot. But, if you aren’t sure of your cards, it is recommended to drop out of the game to make sure you don’t lose big. The winner gets all the money available in the pot.

3. Andar Bahar

Andar Bahar is a game that requires a bit of luck and wise guessing. It is a single-deck game where a certain number of cards are split as two slots (andar/left or bahar/right). The remaining cards are placed on the table for you to pick a card and guess which slot would have the card with same value- Guess it right, you win!

4. Satte Pe Satta

Starting from two, there can be any number of players to play satte pe satta. The player holding 7 of Hearts starts the game by dropping his card, and the player next has to drop 6 of Hearts or 8 of Hearts. If he does not have either of them, he can pass his chance to the next person. 

However, the second player can drop 7 of a different suit, and the next player needs to drop 6 of 8 of that suit only. The player who finishes all his cards first is termed as the winner.

5. Poker

Poker is a game that has gained a huge fan base in India of late. It combines strategy, gambling and varied skills, and includes several variants. However, the general rule applies as: players are dealt with five cards each and depending on their card strength, they drop the bets. The cards are then shown and of course the best hand is the winner.


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