Andar Bahar history

Andar Bahar is a card game that has been a part of social life in India for many centuries together with games like Rummy and Teen Patti. Andar Bahar, also known as Katti, is assumed to have its origins in the city of Bangalore in Southern India and it spread its way from there all across India. The name `Andar BaharĀ“ refers to the sides where players can bet on. Andar is the right side for the dealer and the left side for the player whereas Bahar is the left side for the dealer and the right side for the player. However, the words actually mean in and out or inside and outside.

There are not many detailed pieces of history to Andar Bahar known regarding the game as no one knows who might have invented it and how it has changed throughout centuries. However, what can be said is that the game gained popularity rapidly everywhere in India, and the game has been played for fun among friends and family due to its simplicity and fun nature.

  • Andar Bahar is one of the most popular card games in India among Rummy and Teen Patti
  • The game was invented in the city of Bangalore in Southern India
  • Words Andar and Bahar refer to the sides of the table
  • Another name for the game is Katti

Gambling in India and Andar Bahar

Real money betting has been a part of Andar Bahar culture for a long time as well. The game has been played on the streets and in unofficial casinos, some of which have been handled by local mafia. Thus, there also is some history to Andar Bahar on it. Also, cheating devices for Andar Bahar are still sold to this date and are mainly used for the purpose of cheating at unofficial Andar Bahar games rather than at official land based casinos.

Gambling in India has had an illegal status ever since The Public Gambling Act in 1867 was published which states all gambling as illegal. What is more, the definitive on whether a game is considered as illegal is whether it is defined as a game of chance or game of skill. As Andar Bahar is a game of chance, it would fall under the category of being illegal. However, there are court cases where playing Andar Bahar has been declared as a game of skill and charges were not fined. Gambling law has always been implemented on a state-level, so a lot comes down to interpretations. Some states, such as Goa, allow all gambling activities.

What is important to note though is that the gambling law does not touch upon gambling online or gambling abroad and thus does not apply to it.

All in all:

  • Playing Andar Bahar for real money occurs outside at unofficial games as well as at casinos
  • The law of India defines gambling as an illegal activity but the law is outdated and open to interpretations
  • Playing Andar Bahar at online casinos is not illegal

From land based casinos to online environment

Andar Bahar has been played at land based casinos ever since they started to occur in India and it has been one of the most popular table games to play. The game can also be found in various casinos around East and Southeast Asia as the game has gained popularity among those countries.

The shift from playing Andar Bahar at land based casinos or mainly just for fun without any real money betting amongst friends and family happened around 5 years ago when the first mobile apps for playing Andar Bahar for fun were available. Before that there were some online versions of it, but the availability of having it on mobile jumped the interest. A bit after that online casinos were starting to become interested in Andar Bahar. The most well-known Andar Bahar game providers Ezugi and OneTouch published their products only in 2019, however. Thus, the Andar Bahar history in an online environment is just starting to take its shape.

  • Before online versions, Andar Bahar was available at land based casinos
  • The game became popular throughout East and Southeast Asia
  • The most well-known real money Andar Bahar providers are Ezugi and OneTouch

What is Andar Bahar going to be like in 5 years?

That is a good question that no one truly knows an answer to. However, some assumptions can be made based on trends in casino games, game developing as well as the Indian market growth expectancies.

One of the biggest trends in casino games has been gamification. This should not come as a surprise by now, but yes, this trend also applies to table games. People get easily bored and their attention span is shorter than ever, thus any slot games, video games and table games made in traditional settings are slowly losing their attraction – excluding those that gamble with a nostalgia in mind. What it means for Andar Bahar is more variations as well as enhanced interaction in live mode. Other more common table games such as Roulette already have tens of options at one online casino, so this can also be expected to happen for Andar Bahar.

In addition to gamification, game developers are constantly working on quality and efficiency. As already mentioned in the previous part, there is a focus on mobile gaming. As mobile online gambling is growing even in saturated markets, games are becoming more mobile friendly. Compared to slot games and betting, table games are still lacking when it comes to being mobile friendly. There is often some lagging and the standard layout has not been fully figured out. What we can expect, however, is that Andar Bahar will become more user-friendly for those playing it on mobile devices.

Overall, Andar Bahar will likely gain more popularity. Although some gamblers in other parts of the world know about the game, it is still mainly played by players from India and players from other parts of Asia. However, as it is expected that the Indian market will take off well and there is a high demand, it is likely that games like Andar Bahar and Teen Patti are introduced to other markets as novelties as well.