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How To Play Andar Bahar

There are some casino games that can take all day… And then there’s Andar Bahar.


The Indian game is becoming more popular worldwide because it is simple to learn and quick to complete. And more than that, the odds of winning are 50/50.

Like many games of chance, the possibilities are entirely in the deck. You can influence it beyond crossing your fingers. But the simplicity means newbies can be experts within minutes.

In this guide we’ll talk you through how to play Andar Bahar, and we’ll talk a bit about why it’s becoming increasingly popular online.

Playing Andar Bahar

There are plenty of online casinos that let you play the game, so learning how to play Andar Bahar is a great idea.

Andar Bahar is a card game played with a single deck. One card is drawn and placed in the middle of the table. The dealer alternates between a pile on either side of originally drawn card, and the cards are dealt until the rank of the card in the middle is matched with one on either the left or the right.

So let’s say the middle card is a three. The dealer will continue to draw cards – first on one side and then the other – until another three card is drawn.

So what’s the gamble? That’s simple. You must decide which pile the card will end up on.

Will our three end up on the inside or outside pile? If you say inside and that’s where it ends up, you win. It could barely be any simpler.

There’s some additional terminology, but that’s about as complicated as it gets. For instance, Andar means inside and bahar means outside. That’s where the game gets its name.

The names of the piles may originate from the way that the table was originally set up when the traditional game was played. One pile – the inside – may have been closer to the dealer.

Today there are Andar Bahar tables which are designed so you know exactly what must go where, with labels where they are needed. But you can play it without a dedicated table too. Just grab a pack of cards and get playing.

There are also countless places to play it online. You may find some small variations, either in rules, betting minimums or visuals. But for the most part, this is all you need to know.

Tips and Tricks

So what can you do to increase the odds of winning at Andar Bahar?

Unfortunately for those that want to win big, it really is a game of chance. Unlike other casino games, where you might have to learn a strategy or figure out a certain skill, Andar Bahar is entirely chance based.

But the odds are pretty good. There is always a 50/50 chance that the pile you pick will end up being the right one. There can only be two possible winning piles.

Unlike games of roulette which have dozens of possible winning numbers, you only have to worry about one of two results. In many ways that’s better: you’re never far away from a win in a 50/50 chance game. On the other hand, it means a losing streak burns all the more.

Andar Bahar got its name from “inside outside” and the cards are dealt with that in mind. If the center card is black, will begin on the left. If it is red, it will begin on the right.

Again, this won’t massively change your odds. All you can do is place your bet and hope for the best.

Why is Andar Bahar so popular?

Andar Bahar has always been popular, and it’s only become more so in the online age.

It is thought to have been created in Bangalore many centuries ago, but nobody is sure of the exact details. What is known is that it quickly took off, becoming increasingly popular as time rolled on.

Katti as it is also known is now one of the most popular games in India.

Thanks to the internet, the game has now spread even further, with casinos throughout the west adding it to their roster of games.

Part of the reason it is so popular is that the odds are always pretty good. A 50/50 chance is a rare bet in a hobby that usually only offers a fraction of that. There are no complicated rules, and the game can be over quickly if you’d like it to be.

Physical gambling on games of chance is illegal in some places in India. However, the law does not cover online gambling. This is another reason why it may be becoming more popular.

You can play Andar Bahar for free if you’d like to get used to it. Like all gambling, it’s very possible to make money from it. However, it’s just as easy to lose money and there’s nothing the player can do to influence the result.


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