Ezugi Andar Bahar is a popular Indian card game developed into a new Live Dealer table game.
While its origins lay in Bangalore, India, Andar Bahar appeals to all players that like card games.
It’s a simple 48/52 type game that’s easy to learn and play with some innovative side bets that add an exciting edge to gameplay.
The game’s object is to predict which playing position will be the first to match a card with a “Joker” card. The game is over as soon as a match occurs and a new hand begins.
You can place a side bet on how many cards you think will be dealt onto the table before a match occurs. These bets have enhanced payouts and, when played, can add some anticipation and excitement to the game round.
Andar Bahar is the fourth Indian live dealer game to be created by Ezugi, which you can read more about in my Ezugi Live Casino Review.
Andar Bahar, or Katti as it’s sometimes known, is played with one deck of 52 playing cards, which get shuffled after each game round.
The dealer takes one card from the deck, which becomes the “Joker” card, and is laid face up on the table.
There are two playing positions, Andar and Bahar. Before the dealing starts, the player chooses which one of the positions they feel will match with the Joker card and places a bet on it.
Position Andar pays 1:1 while Bahar pays 0.9:1. The Bahar bet is where the casino makes its edge.
You can make an optional side bet; I’ll cover that in more detail below.
Once betting time is over, one card is dealt firstly to the Bahar position and then alternately to the Andar position. The dealer keeps going until a matching card is dealt. The hand that contains the matching card wins, and the game round is over.
The Side bets get calculated and paid out at the same time.
There is a range of side bets which can spice up the game.
You can play the side bet with or without a main hand bet.
The objective is to pick the number of cards that get dealt onto the table before a match with the “Joker” card.
The payouts are more generous than the main game round, with the highest being 120:1, for 41 or more cards dealt.
Predicting how many cards there will be before a match occurs is not straightforward. It could be the very first card or the thirty-first!
However, here are some points to consider.
So do you bet on the early, mid, or long ranges?
I bet on the mid-ranges, which give a better rate of return.
Bets on 11-15 return 5.5:1, while 16-25 return 4.5 and 26-30 a nice 15:1.
Ezugi presents three statistics in the playing interface.
The first looks remarkably like a Road Map from Dragon/Tiger. It indicates the history of the hand wins, with either a red or blue dot depicting the playing position that’s won.
In addition, the last 7 “Joker” cards are displayed, along with the % of wins for Andar and Bahar.
As stats go, they don’t mean a lot. The one meaningful stat missing is the number of cards dealt in each game round. This stat would help you see the trend for the Side bets and was something I was looking for when I started playing.
Unfortunately, it’s not available. Perhaps the lovely people at Ezugi will consider this for a future update.
In my Video Review, you’ll see me demonstrate how to play Ezugi Andar Bahar, with some comments about the presentation of the game thrown in for good measure :-).
There is no skill required in playing as the live dealer does everything. The player has to pick the playing position to bet on and which side bets to play.
The attraction of the game for me is the side bets. I counted the cards as they appeared and preyed the match card wouldn’t happen before it entered my side bet range.
It didn’t seem that difficult to get a 15:1 payout. Perhaps I was lucky, but I felt it was more likely during this game.
As an alternative, Ultimate Andar Bahar offers payouts up to 125x and 500x on the side bets, with its unique multipliers.