Just like any game, it is possible to make money even with a simple game of cards – what more when the game does not start without the players agreeing on a minimum stake even before the cards are dealt – as is the case with the Indian game of Teen Patti.

In Teen Patti, before the game starts, all the players place an agreed amount at the centre of the table and this will serve as the pot. Once the cards are dealt, the player seated at the left of the dealer bets first and goes on until all the players have had their turn to bet or fold. This continues until the game is ended.

Blind players (those who have opted to not look at the three cards dealt to him) bet an amount that is, at the very least equal to but not double the money at stake. Seen players (those who have peeked at their cards), since they have an edge against blind players, must put in at least twice but not more than four times the total stake. The stake, incidentally, for blind players, is the amount the player before you put in. For seen players, the stake for the next player is half the amount that you have just gambled.

If you started off blind and decided to check your cards in the middle of the game, you become a seen player and your betting rules change on your next turn. If you are unhappy with the cards that you have and decide to fold (give up), it goes without saying that you are no longer in the game and have sacrificed all the money you have placed earlier in the pot as bets.

In Teen Patti, like any game, the general premise is that you win the pot when everyone else has folded. In case you and another player are left and none of you seems to have the inclination to give up for the other, the player who is still playing blind can demand a show. If both players are seen players, then the person who calls the show will need to put money in the pot. In this instance, both players reveal their cards and the player with the highest rank of cards wins the pots. In the eventuality of a tie, the player who called the show loses.