How to Play Andar Bahar

Wanna learn how to play Andar Bahar? Read on to learn the rules.

Written by Arjun Patel, Andar Bahar Expert
Published: 22/09/2020

Basic Rules to Play Andar Bahar

  • Andar Bahar is played with a 52-card deck (without joker cards).
  • The dealer shuffles the cards and cuts the deck. The dealer then turns up the first card from the cut deck (face up). That first card becomes the trump (also known as joker) for that round.
  • All players proceed to place bets on which side the card with the same face value (same number) as the joker card will appear. They can place bets on Andar (inside) or Bahar (outside). 
  • Example: If the trump card is 8 of spades, then all other players will bet if 8 of heart/diamond/club will appear on Andar or Bahar. 
  • Some Andar Bahar games also allow you to place sidebets. You can read more about sidebets on this page
  • The dealer deals the cards alternately on each side (Andar to Bahar), one after the other. If the color of the joker card is black (spades or clubs), the dealing will start from Andar. If the color of the joker card is red (diamonds or hearts), the dealing starts from Bahar.
  • The round ends when a card with the same face value as the joker appears. If it appears on the spot you placed your bet on, you win the game. 
  • For example, assume you placed a bet on Bahar and the joker card is 8 of hearts. If 8 of club/diamond/spade appears on Bahar, you win the game.
  • If the bet is lost, the money goes to the dealer.

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