It’s Diwali time! The houses are cleaned and decorated from inside out. Radiant shades of bright colors fill up the streets. With sweets and gift shops opened on every corner, it seems like the perfect Diwali Time!
But, is Diwali complete without playing cards games? Such as Teen Patti, Poker, etc.
Playing cards during Diwali time have almost been a ritual for many generations! In fact, there are interesting mythological as well as historical stories related to playing a little gamble during Diwali.
Why do we play cards games on Diwali?
I can quote two stories behind the reason for playing cards on Diwali. One is mythological, and the other, agrarian!
During the times of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Playing cards were not discovered, so a game of dice was the only choice of games possible!
Since, chopat or chosa, was the game played in the epic Mahabharata, I am guessing Lord Shiva and Parvati were playing the same or similar game of dice.
Soon after Goddess Parvati won the game, she declared that a little gambling during Diwali would bring happiness and prosperity into one’s house.
Even in 2017, It holds true! People make plans with family and friends to meet, gift sweets and fruits as a token of love, and enjoy a game of Teen Patti, Rummy, 29, etc. together! The feeling of togetherness with loved ones brings the best sense of happiness. Isn’t it?
Diwali Time is a harvesting season in India. Thus, it is a celebration time for farmers!
Many generations ago, when we were living in agrarian society, farmers used to come together after harvesting. They prayed to Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) for a prosperous season.
They too played the games of dice, which transformed over a period of time into a variety of gambling & cards games available in the 21st Century!
Let’s see two of the most popular cards games in India to play this Diwali 2017:
Cards Games to play this Diwali 2017:
Teen Patti or Flash/Flush
Teen Patti, also known as Flush or Flash in some states of North India, is the most popular card game in India to play during Diwali.
Each player receives three cards face down. You may choose to bet without seeing the cards through blinds, and counters.
However, if you choose to see your cards, you will have to bet minimum twice the amount of blind, or thrice the amount of counter.
Of course, you can fold your cards if you do not wish to bet anything on the hand you got. Maybe you’ll save the betting for the time when you have high cards in your hands to fetch you some win!
Once the betting rounds close, the people who bet till the last round will ‘show’ their hands, and the person with the best hand wins all the amount of the pot!
Below are the ranks of cards in Teen Patti, from weak to high cards:
- High Card – One card decides the winner
- Pair – the higher pair wins. In the case of the same pair, the kicker, or the third card counts
- Colour or Three cards of the same suit
- Straight or Sequence – Ace King Queen, or Six Seven Eight, i.e. three consecutive cards make a straight or sequence
- Pure Straight – Straight or Sequence with cards of the same suit as well
- Trail – Three Cards of the same face value
Variations in Teen Patti
There are many variations of Teen Patti that exist across the country. A variation is nothing but changing the probability of getting cards. Let’s see some of the common variations of Teen Patti played in Homes:
4 Cards, 2 Cards, 1 Card
The most apparent modifications are changing the number of cards dealt face down.
- With 4 Cards – you are supposed to discard one and take the best three.
- 2 Cards – you can imagine the best possible card to make a strong hand.
- 1 Card – One card is open and common for all, One is with you, and you can imagine the third card as per your requirement
However bad as it may sound, but Muflis or मुफलिस is an Arabic word, meaning “Poor”.
Therefore, the game of Muflis means:
So the best possible cards to get while playing Muflis are (2, 3, 5), (2, 3, 6), (3, 4, 6), (2, 3, 7) and so on..
In this, you’re supposed to bet AK-47 guns instead of money. Just Kidding!
This means the Ace, King, Four, and Seven in Playing Cards become the jokers, and you can imagine them to be any card which makes your hand the strongest. The chances of getting trails in AK-47 are very high, so be aware before betting high!
1942-A Love Story
Trivia: 1942-A Love Story is the name of a famous 90s Bollywood movie, famous for its songs. Those songs were the last musical compositions of RD Burman.
However, in this Teen Patti variation, One, Nine, Four, Two and all the cards of Hearts suit become jokers, and you can imagine them to be any card.
It would be foolish to bet on any other combination other than a trail while playing 1942-A Love Story.
Well, I recently got to know about this variation. And I decided that I am going to write this variation, just for the sake of its hilarious name!
‘Lal’ means the red color, and ‘Kala’ means black, in Hindi.
This is how the variation goes:
- If you get two cards of red suit, the black suit card becomes your joker
- If you get two cards of black suit, the red suit becomes the joker
The list of variations to be played is never-ending. Do you know of any other variations? Let us know in the comments.
Now let’s see the next popular game to play this Diwali 2017!
Many people have started playing Poker in India too! Both professionally and personally. With gambling season on, Poker, a game of western culture, has blended in quite appropriately with the millennium-years old festival of Diwali!
In Poker, each player receives two cards face down, and five cards are opened in three turns, such as Flop (three cards), Turn, and River (5th card).
At the end of the game, the person with the best five out of seven cards (two in your hands, and five open), wins the pot!
The bets in the game start with the small blind and big blind, and the amount of blinds varies from table-to-table or home-to-home. That’s not how it’s done internationally. But, we’re not playing a World Series of Poker at Home, we’re just having fun!
Each player gets to either Call, means placing the same bet as the previous person, or Raise the bet. You get to stay in the round only if you call the same bet as the highest bidder.
You can also bet all the chips/money you have and go All-in. Your betting will be eligible until that amount, and your pot will be separated from the main pot.
Once everybody calls or folds, the first three cards open (Flop) and you can then bet on the probability of getting the best five cards.
Then there are two more rounds of betting for Turn, the fourth open card, and River, the fifth and final card. The person having the highest cards at the end of betting rounds wins the pot, if the best of 5 cards among some people remains the same, the pot is divided among them equally.
Below is the hierarchy of cards in Poker:
- High Card
- Single Pair
- Two Pair
- Trips or Three cards of same face value
- Full House
- Four of a Kind
- Straight Flush
- Royal Flush
You may watch this video to learn how to play Poker:
Over to you
Apart from Teen Patti & Poker, there are many other games which are super fun when played with friends and family. Some of these games are 29, Kitty, Uno, etc.
However, all these cards games require a group of more than two people. If you like playing cards games but are alone this Diwali season.
You may explore playing games online, you can check out my recommended list of websites to play free games online.