Why is Andar Bahar so Popular in India?

Andar Bahar is one of the hottest card games in India right now. The name means “left and right” or “in and out”, and is also popularly known as Katti. It originates from Southern India and has been around for centuries. The fact that it has successfully stood the test of time and remains unshaken, means that it really is as good as card games get.

So what exactly makes the game special? Well, we’ll find out now. In this article, we will discuss the Andar Bahar rules, gameplay, and the secret behind its popularity.

What’s all the fuss about it?

Over the years, Andar Bahar has become a pretty popular card game in India. Why? Because of its simplicity. The game is easy to play and also very fast-paced. It lasts for less than 5 minutes, and this includes the betting round. Now, this might seem like a really short time to play any game, however, Andar Bahar is highly addictive and can go on for hours. Players can have as many rounds as they like.

Why is Andar Bahar so Popular in India?

Andar Bahar is played with a single deck of cards. Any number of players can join in and it can be played anywhere as long as there’s a deck in hand.

Another reason behind the game’s popularity is that it now has an online version that is playable on almost all smartphones and desktop computers. People can now play the game on the go, between breaks at work, or in the comfort of their homes. The online version of Andar Bahar also has a solo gaming mode so players don’t have to wait for other players to join in.

Also, there are no strict rules regarding the game. It is perfect for players who just want to pass time and have fun while at it.

How is it played?

A standard deck of 52 cards is used in this game. As already mentioned, there is no limit to the number of players. Before the dealer starts the game, all players will have to place their bets on either Andar (left) or Bahar (right). After this, the dealer will draw a random card and place it in the middle of the table.

The color of the card will determine which position is played first. If the card is Black, the dealer will place the first card on Andar (left) and the next card will be placed on Bahar (right). If the first card is Red, the dealer will place the next card on Andar and the next on Bahar. This dealing of cards continues until a card of equal rank or value as the first drawn card is dealt.

Note that the players will not be dealt any cards. All they have to do is bet on a side, observe the cards that the dealer puts down, and hope that the matching card lands on their side. For instance, if a player bets on Andar and the matching card (i.e card with the same face value as the first card) falls on Bahar, he loses. If it falls on Andar, he wins double.

Andar Bahar might seem like purely a game of chance, but it is also a memory game. A player with a strong memory and a deep understanding of card games is more likely to win the game.

Rules of the game

The rules of Andar Bahar are pretty straightforward and easy to understand. In fact, there are only two:

  • It must be played with only a single deck of cards.
  • The bets must be placed in advance


This depends on the position of the initial card. If the first card was dealt on Andar, and the matching card was also dealt on Andar, the payout would be 90%. If the matching card was dealt on the opposite side, Bahar,  the payout would be 100%.

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