There are two ways teen patti is played. One is by using a standard 52-card deck and another is by adding the two Joker cards, which are used as wild cards. The object of the game is to have the best three-card hand and to maximize the pot before the showdown. Any hand of a higher category beats any hand of a lower category. If two players have the same combination then the pot is split between the two no matter which of the two players asked for showdown. In another variation, where the suits hold ranks, the player with the higher suit wins the pot.
The categories are ranked as follows:
Three of a kind (trio)
Three of the same cards. Three aces are the highest and three twos are the lowest trio.
Straight flush (pure sequence)
Three consecutive cards of the same suit.
The order of ranking from highest (defined by highest card in the sequence) to lowest is:A-2-3, A-K-Q, K-Q-J, Q-J-10, and so on down to 4-3-2. A wraparound (K-A-2) is not considered a straight flush, but is a valid flush.
Three consecutive cards not all in the same suit. A straight is also referred as a round or sequence.
The highest to lowest ranking is (as with straight flushes): A-2-3, A-K-Q, K-Q-J, Q-J-10 and so on down to 4-3-2 As with straight flushes, K-A-2 is not a valid hand.
All the 3 cards are of same suit. If two players both have flushes, the player with the high card wins; if they match, then the next highest card is compared, then the third card if needed. If two players have the same card values, then the hands are ranked by suit, with spades first and clubs last.
Two cards of the same rank. Between two pairs, the one with the higher value is the winner. If the pairs are of equal value, the value of the third card decides the winner. Therefore the lowest pair is 2-2-3 and the highest is A-A-K.
No pair (high card)
If two players share a common high card, then rest of the cards are compared based upon their values.