Lockdown blues – People Turning to Online Gaming to kill Boredom

Online gaming either for free or with real money has caught on with Indians stuck at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Gaming firms have noted a sharp increase in players looking to ward off boredom by indulging in many games. This has led to the revival of many card games like Andar Bahar, which is quite popular in every nook and corner of the country. Even as the best medical minds try to control the outbreak and find a cure for Covid-19, people in lockdown are finding playing this well-known game the best avenue to connect and socialize with family, friends and colleagues. More gaming companies are cashing in on the rising interest in India by adding this exciting game to their existing portfolio.


Andar Bahar India, also known as ‘Katti’, is an old Indian favourite game. It is being played all over India, whether on the dining room table, on a park bench, or even on the train. The existence of an online version of this game means that you can play Online Andar Bahar whenever you wish and wherever you are. The beauty of the game lies in its simplicity. All you need to play it (whether with friends or online) is a regular deck of cards, a dealer and of course, yourself.


Live Andar Bahar

Up until the last few years, playing at an online casino meant that you played casino games against a computer and there was no real interaction like communicating with the dealer or any other players sitting at the same table as you. It was fine if all you wanted was to play and win something, but it lacked the ‘human touch’ and interaction, and it wasn’t the most personable experience altogether. But all that changed with the introduction of Live Casino. When you play in Live Casino mode, a human dealer is filmed dealing cards or managing other games from a studio and the pictures are streamed straight to your computer in real-time. It’s the closest thing you will find to real-playing at a land-based casino, but without all the hassle of the packed casino house. Additionally, you can also communicate with the dealer and the other players via chat to make the experience more fun and interactive.


Rules of the Andar Bahar Game

The Andar Bahar basic rules are pretty simple and this is one of the reasons the game enjoys such popularity in India and elsewhere. The table has two spots: ‘Andar’ on the left and ‘Bahar’ on the right. There is also a centre section. Remember these two Andar Bahar game terms:

  • ‘Andar’ refers to the left spot on the table, on player’s left side
  • ‘Bahar’ refers to the right spot on the table, on player’s right side

The dealer starts by shuffling the cards of a regular 52-card deck and then he will draw a card from the deck at random and will put it in the centre of the table, face up. This card is known as the game card. The dealer then deals the cards one by one and puts them face up to the Andar and Bahar sections until a card that matches the game card is dealt with. You have to guess which section the matching card will be dealt: Andar or Bahar.


Placing a bet while playing Andar Bahar

It is very easy to bet on Andar Bahar. You have to put your chosen stake in chips on whichever of the two outcomes you think will win. You should remember to check the table’s minimum bet amount.



If you lose the hand, your stake is automatically removed from the screen and the dealer will bank it. If you win the hand by correctly predicting whether the Andar or the Bahar side would have the Game Card, then you can receive your payout. You will get paid out 90% if you won on Andar, and 100% if you won on Bahar. We wish you good luck!


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