Playtech Teen Patti live is a refreshing alternative to the other versions of Teen Patti you can play at live casinos.
It’s still the exact Asian equivalent to 3 Card Poker, but it’s the first game to replicate how you play the game in a land-based casino.
The three most notable features are:
In this review, I’ll cover how to play, the side bets and a strategy for playing.
Playtech Teen Patti is a live dealer game where you play poker against the dealer using three cards. The side with the better hand wins.
The game uses one deck of fifty-two playing cards shuffled before each round.
The dealer needs to have a hand of Queen high or above to be able to play. If his hand is lower in value, the dealer returns the player’s bet, and the Ante bet wins even money.
Included alongside the primary hand are two side bets:
You can play Playtech Teen Patti with the Ante Bet or the Pairs Side Bet. There is no requirement to play both together, although you can.
The best RTP is from playing the Ante bet.
You have 12 seconds of betting time to place your bets.
You must place an Ante bet if you’ve decided to play against the dealer.
The minimum bet is $1, and the maximum is $100.
Note: To play the hand after you’ve seen the cards will require a play bet equal to the Ante bet amount.
You can decide to play the hand before the dealer has dealt the cards. Playing this way is called “Playing Blind”. Place a bet amount on the Bet spot of the same value as the Ante bet. There is no more decision-making required if you’ve taken the Blind option. Sit back and enjoy watching as the hand plays out.
In normal circumstances, if your playing Blind, the cards would be dealt face down to heighten the excitement. But this isn’t possible in the live dealer version, as an unlimited number of players play the player’s hand. Some will have chosen to play the hand as usual, while others play blind, so it’s impossible to have the cards face down.
There are two side bets which are optional to play.
You can play the Pairs Plus side bet without playing the main hand. This bet will pay if you have a Pair or better in your hand, regardless of the value of the dealer’s hand.
The Mega Bonus is another optional side bet, but you can only play this if you have placed an Ante Bet.
The bet uses the players’ and dealers’ cards to make the best 5 card poker hand possible. You will receive a payout for hands equal to or greater than 3 of a kind (Trips). The maximum payout for this is 2000:1 for a Royal Flush.
The Ante Bonus is a free hidden side-bet activated when you play the Ante Bet. The side bet requires no wager to be made.
Like the Pairs Plus side bet, this is paid regardless of the value of the dealer’s hand and pays if the player’s hand has a straight or above.
|3 Aces||200 : 1|
|Three 2’s – K’s||40 : 1|
|Straight Flush||30 : 1|
|Straight||6 : 1|
|Flush||3 : 1|
|Pair||1 : 1|
|Royal Flush||2000 : 1|
|Straight Flush||500 : 1|
|4 of a Kind||100 : 1|
|Full House||25 : 1|
|Flush||15 : 1|
|Straight||10 : 1|
|3 of a Kind||6 : 1|
|3 Aces||5 : 1|
|Three 2’s – K’s||4 : 1|
|Straight Flush||3 : 1|
|Straight||1 : 1|
Three cards are dealt to the player position face up,and three cards to the dealers position, face down.
If you’ve decided to bet the Ante, your next decision is whether to play the hand or fold after seeing the cards.
Folding the hand means you lose your Ante bet and play no further role in the hand. The Pairs or Mega Bonus side bets remain in play until the end of the hand if you’ve played them.
Playing the hand requires a bet equal to the amount of the Ante placed on the bet spot.
Generally, it would be best if you only played hands equal to or greater than a Queen, Six, Four. Anything less, you fold. I’ll discuss this more in the Playtech Teen Patti Strategy below.
Once players have completed their playing decisions, the Dealer proceeds by revealing his three cards.
The first step is to note whether the Dealer has “Qualified” to play.
The Dealer needs a hand containing a Queen to “Qualify” to play. If he doesn’t, the following happens.
If the Dealer has a hand with a Queen or better, he has qualified.
The Dealer’s and player’s hands compare to see which has the better 3-card poker hand.
When the player has a Straight or better, he’ll get paid an additional Ante Bonus, regardless of the strength of the Dealer’s hand.
The side bets all get settled once the dealer has completed playing.
The side bets don’t require the dealer’s hand to have Qualified. They pay on the strength of the player’s hand, in the case of the mega bonus, the combination of the players’ and dealers’ cards.
The Strategy for Playtech Teen Patti is quite simple.
Only play hands that are Queen, Six, Four or better. Fold everything else.
This strategy works for Teen Patti, Three Card Poker, and 3 Card Brag.
As for side bets – the strategy question is, do you play them or not?
The answer is if you want to have some fun! Don’t expect to win on the side-bets in the long term.
While you don’t necessarily need to understand the value of poker hands, you’ll get a lot more enjoyment from the game if you do.
The lowest possible hand is a High Card. The high card is one card in the hand that is higher than the others. Like Ace high or Queen high. The other cards are essential, as they are used to settle ties with the first card. These cards are called kickers. So if one hand had Ace high, with the next card being an eight, and another had Ace high with the second card a King, the second hand would win with the King kicker.
The next hand is a Pair, two cards of the same value. The third card plays a kicker role if two hands have the same pairs. The one with the better kicker would win. You can form pair hands from Aces through to Kings.
A Straight is a hand of 3 cards that follow each other that are not all identical suits, like 6,7,8, or King, Queen, Jack.
A Flush is a hand of 3 cards with all cards from the same card suit.
Three of a Kind are all three cards of the same value, like three sixes or three nines.
Straight Flush is a hand that is straight with all the cards of the same suit (Flush).
Royal Flush is a hand of Ace, King and Queen in the same suit.
The Mega Bonus uses five cards to form a hand, so a few more hands are possible.
Two Pairs are where you have two non-identical pairs.
Four of a Kind is a hand with four cards of the same value.
A Full House is a combination hand with a Pair and Three of a Kind.
Royal Flush is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten of the same suit.
Playing optimal strategy, the RTP for the Ante bet is 97.74%.
The RTP for the Pairs bet is 95.80%.
The RTP for the Mega Bonus bet is 95.28%.
If you play Blind, the RTP is 95.96%. Doing this has no advantage to be gained, so don’t play blind!
Playtech has produced an excellent game with its version of Teen Patti.
There are some subtle differences between this version and other versions, most notably the ability to play the Pair Side bet without the need to place an Ante Bet.
Playing Blind gives no advantage whatsoever and doesn’t replicate the land-based experience. With a poor RTP, there is no reason to play Blind.
If Side Bets are your thing, Playtech Teen Patti has better payouts for most of the bets than the other versions.
Teen Patti is an excellent addition to the Playtech Live Games catalogue and worth playing.
Playtech Teen Patti is their version of the traditional Asian 3-card poker game. Included in this version is the ability to play Blind and also to play the Pairs Plus side bet without an Ante bet.
You can play at any Playtech Live Casino. My personal favourites are Casino.com and Bet365.
Based on the initial Ante bet, the RTP of Playtech Teen Patti is 97.74%.
Playtech Teen Patti is a straightforward game to play. The only decision needed is whether you play or fold the player’s hand. To make it easy, play any hand that is Queen, Six, Four or higher. If it’s lower, you should fold it.
There are three side bets in Playtech Teen Patti. The Ante Bonus plays when you place an Ante bet. The other two are optional. Pairs Plus can be played independently and pays for hands with a Pair or more. The Mega Bonus uses the players’ and dealers’ cards to form a 5 card poker hand. Payouts occur for hands of three of a kind or more. The side bets payout even if the dealer doesn’t qualify or beats your hand.
Playtech Teen Patti uses one deck of fifty-two cards, shuffled before each new game.