What is Andar Bahar?
Andar Bahar is an Indian card game that originated from Bangalore, Karnataka but has grown popular across the whole nation. It is a game of chance with its winning odds close to 50/50. The winning odds is actually 51.5/48.5 depending on what side you bet on.
It is also called Katti or Maang Patta, depending on which part of India you are in. It is called Andar Bahar in the North, Maang Patta in the south, and Katti is Karnataka.
Andar Bahar (which I write about in this guide) is slightly different from Maang Patta and Katti. For example, in Maang Patta and Katti the players choose their own Joker card. In Andar Bahar the dealer randomly chooses a Joker card.
In Hindi, Andar Bahar means Inside and Outside which explains the ways the cards are dealt.
Andar Bahar is a traditional game that has been around for over 100 years. It’s a very popular game to enjoy on festivals such as Holi and Diwali.
Within the last 5 to 10 years, Andar Bahar has become very popular online. There are now so many online casinos where you can play it for real money.
Play Andar Bahar for Real Money or Free
You can experience the fun of playing Andar Bahar either for free or for real money. Playing for free gives you the chance to practice the rules. It also helps you to master the game before you begin to bet with your money.
However, the free version offers no cash prize. This makes playing with real money the most popular option as you get the chance to win huge cash prizes. You can play the real money game with Indian Rupees on all sites I have listed on this page.
Is it Legal to Play Andar Bahar?
The short answer is yes. You can play Andar Bahar legally in online casinos with real money. These online casinos are not located in India and they are not subject to Indian laws.
According to the Public Gambling Act of 1867, it is illegal to play games of chance with money inside India. As Andar Bahar is a game of chance the game is not available in any land-based venue in the country. You can only find it on Casino ships in Goa (floating casinos) as these venues are technically located outside India’s borders.
So if you want to play Andar Bahar legally there are only two options. You can either play on online casinos (for free or real money) or Casino ships in Goa (with real money). Of course you can also play with your friends for fun.
Andar Bahar Terms You Should Know
- Andar – This means inside; the betting area close to the dealer and at the top of the table. It is one of the two sides where the dealer deals cards.
- Bahar –This means outside, which is the betting area at the bottom of the table and some distance from the dealer. It is the second side on which you can place your bet.
- Joker – It is the first card dealt by the dealer. It is also called the Trump card.
- Sidebets – These are additional bets which you can make aside from the regular bets (Andar and Bahar).