Is Teen Patti a Game of Skill or Luck?

27 March 2020
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This seems like an eternal debate between all avid Teen Patti players if Teen Patti is a skill-based or a luck-based one? Although neither of the facts can be denied that there is always luck involved in a card game and luck without skill is of no value, the argument still pertains. Is Teen Patti a game of skill or luck? Am I ever in full control of the game? Or am I just being enslaved by the lady luck? Here, we shall try and find an answer to this age-old question.

The luck factor of the game

Teen Patti

A Teen Patti game has a huge involvement of luck just like any other card game. I cannot expect to win a game if I don’t get a fightable set of cards. What I mean by a fightable set of cards is that the cards that I am getting should have at least one valuable card. A card that would overshadow at least some percentage of other cards on the board. For example, I can always choose to fight till the end of the round with a set of cards as low-ranked as 2, 4, 6 of different suits. But there is no point in playing with cards so low that the only possible lower card is 2, 4, 5. In a game where there are hundreds of possible combinations, fighting with such negligible winning chances is nothing more than foolishness. It is always better to pack your cards in such a case and wait for your luck to turn around.

Hence, no matter what I do in the game, I cannot be winning if the luck shows no kindness to me.

The skills required in the game

Teen Patti is the Indian version of the world-famous card game Poker. A game of Poker has its elements like its rules, gameplay, strategies, and objectives. Similarly, Teen Patti also has its own set of rules, a playing style, a few tips and strategies, and the final goal. I have been playing this game for quite some time now and therefore, have learned all its rules by heart. The rules don’t change for anyone on board. However, the part where I start using my skills is the gameplay. A Teen Patti player must know how to figure out when doubling the stake will be better for him and when will it be better to play blind. If the other player has seen his cards and is betting with a pinch of doubt on his face, I choose to play the game blind and see how it turns out. Similarly, there are times when I try to fool the other players with my Poker face.

Therefore, even a good hand might not do the job for a player if he is not skilled enough to understand which move to make and how to bluff other players. One should always know when to play and when not to.

What is Teen Patti for me?

Skill or luck

As I said earlier, I have been playing this classic game for quite some time now. All this experience on the table has helped me learn and understand the game better. I have sat back and observed the game style of players I admire and then, am finally capable of playing the game at my will. This is why I would say that to me Teen Patti is a game of skill. However, it can definitely be a game of luck to others. The key to understanding, if the game is skill-based or luck-based for you, depends on the answer to this question I discovered – Do you control your game according to the cards or do you play the game according to your cards?

If you control the game according to the cards, then, you know when to and when not to increase your bets in the game. You also understand if your cards are good enough to bluff and secure a win. But when you play the game according to the cards, you often are driven away by the thrill of the game. Now that it is not you but your excitement that is controlling your game, and you don’t know if the decision you will be making is actually what you want.

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