Contrary to popular belief, gambling is popular in India. It’s the home of Teen Patti, Indian Rummy and Andar Bahar, after all. Online gambling is growing particularly fast these days thanks to extensive Internet penetration in the country.

More than 600 million Indians have access to the Internet. Not everyone gambles online, of course. But among casino lovers in India, these are the games they play:

1 - Slot Machines

Many online casinos in India are based in the UK, Malta and South America. As such, they have plenty of games played outside of India. Nonetheless, these games, especially slots, have gained popularity in India for valid reasons.

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Slot machines are colorful and exciting to play. Their clicking sounds, flickering lights and cheers when you win can motivate you to gamble on a slot all-day long. Slots aren’t expensive, anyway.

Many machines have betting limits starting at ten cents. With $10 in your casino account, you can play a slot machine up to 100 times. More interestingly, slots can make you rich.

Take progressive slots as an example. These games are armed with a jackpot that increases daily until someone hits the winning symbols. The biggest slot machines—Mega Moolah and Mega Fortune—payout from $1M to more than $20M.

For clarity, progressive jackpots promise a lot of money. But they are riskier than video slots, classic slots and Megaways. Videos slots offer a blend of high-payouts with good prospects of winning:

  • Starburst
  • Gonzo’s Quest
  • Thunderstruck II
  • Book of Dead
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Mega Joker

2 - Blackjack

Blackjack is a simple card game played between a gambler and a casino. Because of that, it’s popular among celebrities and high rollers in India who want to experience gambling against the house.

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To win, you need produce a hand of 21 using two or more cards. Blackjack involves normal card suits: Ace, 2-9, 10, Jack, queen and king. Ace cards count as one or 11. One the other hand, jack, queen and king count as ten.

If you receive an ace card and a 10-value card, you win against the dealer. If it’s a hand less than 21, you can peek to see the dealer’s up-card. Then you can decide whether to hit for another card or stand.

Sometimes you can also double down, say you have two 10-value cards and the dealer’s up-card ranges from 2-6. Doubling down means doubling your bet. But you also receive an extra card.

With that in mind, Indian casinos provide several variants of blackjack. Consider learning how they work before you risk your money:

  • Single deck blackjack
  • Blackjack Switch
  • Spanish 21
  • Perfect Pairs
  • Vegas Strip Blackjack

3 - Poker

Poker is unlike many online games. You see, slots and blackjack require luck to win. With poker, luck is not a necessity. Sure enough, everyone wishes to get a pair of aces in the first round.

But let’s assume you receive two cards with a low chance of winning, say 2 and 8. In the next round, you get three more cards, say two 8’s and one Jack. Now you have a three of a kind hand, which improves your chances of winning drastically.

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The next stage is known as the turn. Let’s assume you get another J card in this round. Now you have a full house and you could go all-in to tempt your opponents to risk all their money.

A full house is a strong hand that wins seven out of ten times. Only three hands rank higher than a full house: Royal flush, straight flush and four of a kind.

That said, not all poker games are created equal. Texas Hold’em has the most flexible rules. As a result, it’s pretty popular among professional players. The other poker variants worth considering include Omaha, 5-Card Draw and Caribbean Stud poker.

4 - Teen Patti

Teen Patti is a popular Indian gambling game played by families and friends throughout the country.  The aim is to defeat your opponents by producing the strongest hand.

It starts by risking you ‘boot’ (bet) amount. Each player receives three cards. However, all opponents have to agree whether the cards should be placed facing down or up.

Players bet continuously although they can also fold to concede their bets. To win, you need to produce three of a kind. A hand of AAA is the strongest hand. Alternatively, produce a straight flush or a straight. 

5 - Andar Bahar

Also known as Katti, Andar Bahar is a card game that traces its origin in Bengaluru, India. It’s a simple game where you predict whether the first card is an Andar or Bahar. This first bet pays out 25% if you bet on Bahar and even money if you back Andar.  

Assuming the first card is not the value you predicted; players bet again. If the second card is a bahar, you win 25% of the bet amount. First round bahar bets also win even money.

6 - Roulette

Roulette is one of the simplest casino games online. It’s a colored wheel with a myriad of bet types. You pick a bet type and a casino croupier spins the wheel. If it stops spinning at the place you predicted, you win.

Now, every roulette bet type has specific odds and payouts. If you predict the wheel will stop spinning at a black slot, you win 1 to 1. The odds of winning this bet stand at 48% for European roulette and 47% if you back American roulette.

That’s right. Odds in roulette depends on the variant. European roulette has better odds overall. But it pays at pretty much the same rate as American roulette.

7 - Baccarat

Baccarat is more popular in China than in India. But now that online casinos are gaining traction in India, more people can play baccarat in the country. On the surface, baccarat shares similarities with blackjack.

However, James Bond’s favorite card game is unique. It has two hands known as the player and the banker. As a gambler, you predict whether the player or the banker will win. Winning means producing a hand of nine. 

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