6 Best Andar Bahar Strategies to Help You Win the Game like a Pro

August 17, 2020
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The game of Andar Bahar depicts the street culture of India like no other card-based game does. Born under the streetlights of Bangalore, Karnataka, this game has gained traction like no other and learning the Andar Bahar strategy can surely equip you with the winning advantage.

Interesting Fact: It is illegal to play Andar Bahar in public and open spaces but for one day after Ugadi, it is permitted to be played. People throw a simple towel on the footpath and start playing the game for as little as ₹10.

Andar bahar may seem simple and at the mercy of luck but if you are aware of the strategy and the math behind the simplicity you can win more often.

You can take a few actions to protect your bankroll and ensure that you lose as few times as possible. Before I list the strategies, let’s have a quick overview of the game.

The Ropes of Andar Bahar Card Game

Andar Bahar is usually a guessing game played with winning chances of 50%. It is dealt between 2 players, where:

  • The dealer handles the cards
  • The players either call Andar or Bahar

Note: The more you hit, the more money you win.

To begin the game, the dealer places the deck of cards facing downward, cuts the deck in half, and places one half of it showing upward.

The players then guess if the subsequent value of the cards is either Andar (inside) or Bahar (outside) from the remaining half a deck of cards. The guessing game carries on until a card of the same value lands either on Andar or Bahar.

The player who guesses the correct side the card lands on wins the game and also bags twice the winning bet amount placed by the opposing player.

The gripe is that if the player gets it wrong, he/she not only loses the game but also the money he/she has bet. Cards are reshuffled after playing a few rounds to minimise the chances of repetition.

One last rule is that if the first card is drawn from the black suit the game must begin from Andar and if the card is drawn from the red suit, it begins from Bahar.

Hope the provided explanation suffices to learn the ropes of Andar Bahar and even though the game seems simple, the cards dealt are always from a classic 52 deck so investing time in learning the Andar Bahar game strategy definitely pays off.

Andar Bahar Strategy: Tips & Tricks for Winning

A simple google search for the term Andar Bahar strategy will fetch you numerous sites, companies, and individuals claiming to impart certain winning tricks but in reality, none of these work.

Some entities even sell nefarious tools and gadgets that could put players in serious legal trouble. So I sincerely request everyone to steer clear of such frauds.

On the other hand, there are tried & tested andar bahar strategies, which are purely based on math, statistics, and simply memorising the dealt cards that can increase your chances of winning, especially when you play Andar Bahar online.

I have outlined them clearly here:

1. The martingale method

An infamous betting strategy that can be applied for various card-based bettings, Martingale is the negative progression method where you place double the bet amount right after each loss, strategizing that an upcoming card that lands on either Andar or Bahar will win big.

Here’s the mathematical analysis of how Martingale betting system works:

Let one game round be a sequence of continuous losses, which are followed either by bankruptcy or wins. Now, after a win, you can “reset” and begin a new game round. You can then partition a consecutive series of martingale bets into independent rounds.

Here is the expected value of a game round.

  • Let ‘x q’ be the probability or possibility of losing
  • Let ‘y b’ be your initial bet amount
  • Let ‘n’ be the limited no. of bets you can afford to lose

Mathematically, the possibility that you will lose all the ‘n’ bets is ‘xn.’

When you lose all the bets, the total loss will be:

∑ y. 2i-1 = y(2n – 1)

The possibility that you will not lose all the n bets is (1 − xn). But in other cases, you win the initial bet (y).

Therefore, the expected profits per game round will be:

(1-xn) . (y – xn) . y(2n – 1) = y(1 – (2x)n)

Whenever x > 1/2, then the expression is 1 – (2x)n < 0 for all bets, n > 0. Hence, you are more likely to lose in all games in any given bets on average.

Increasing the wager size for every round will only increase your average loss.

For instance, when you call Andar a few times and the card lands on Bahar, you’re supposed to call Andar again and the chances of hitting the 4th or the 5th time are higher than the first 3.

You’d be shocked to know that there are documented incidences where investors have applied the Martingale method while predicting market variations and have invested millions of dollars. Needless to say, this is an effective strategy.

2. The 1-3-2-4 technique

Used often while playing Roulette and Baccarat, the 1-3-2-4 gambling strategy was devised in the year 2006 by the Fortune Palace.

This strategy may work brilliantly for Andar Bahar because it is devised for gambling games that have 50/50 chances of winning & losing.

In this strategy, players can assign 1 for Andar, 3 for Bahar, 2 for Andar, and 4 for Bahar, and place as many bets as the said number suggests.

For instance, place your 1st bet on Andar, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th on Bahar, 5th & 6th on Andar, and so on. I hope you get the gist.
The objective of this andar bahar strategy is to introduce a level of control with the numbers to a game that is as unpredictable as flipping a coin.

If this technique works for you, restart betting from the 5th round with 1 again and continue with 3-2 & 4. As the strategies applied to Andar Bahar are few & far between in India, this technique needs to be tested for efficiency so conduct this as an experiment and improvise cautiously.

3. The D’Alembert method

One of the most controversial betting strategies, D’Alembert method is all about placing the bet on the opposite side of the winner.

For example, if the first game goes to Andar, place your bet on Bahar irrespective of the result of the first game, even if you have won.

Using this method in other card-based games has often resulted in players winning marginally more than their betting amount so the idea here is to go home without a loss.

You may take this in a different direction and bet opposite to the losing game as well, i.e, betting on the winning side.

Of course, this technique invented by a French mathematician has various other caveats and nuances while playing other card-based gambling games but for a game like Andar Bahar, it won’t get simpler than this.

4. Flat betting strategy

I call this the mindless strategy because you start the game with one agenda which is to consistently place bets on either Andar or Bahar regardless of which one wins.

You may mix it up eventually with the option you hadn’t chosen earlier but I suggest that the bets be placed on either Andar or Bahar for not more than 4 games straight.

Having said that, if you have started playing with this strategy, try not to mix it up too much as it may get you mentally unsettled.

5. The side bet strategy

Guessing how many cards will be dealt prior to a match isn’t that straightforward. Perhaps, it could be the first card or the 21st! You never know.

But there are certain things to keep in mind:

  • There are always 3 match cards possible in the deck of 51 cards.
  • Whenever a new card is being dealt, the possibility of hitting on a duplicate card increases. This means that the more the cards, higher are the chances of it being a match.

Let me ask you a quick question: when do you bet? Is it in the beginning of the game, middle, or in long ranges?

To be honest, I have the habit of betting in the mid range because it gives me a better return. Usually, bets placed on 11 to 15 will return in the ratio 5.5:1 whereas 16 to 25 will return 4.5 and 26 to 30 gives you 15:1.

6. The combination

Once you are comfortable & accustomed to playing Andar Bahar & placing bets, try combining all the above-mentioned strategies sequentially.

Try this to zero in on the strategy that suits you well and unlearn the strategy that tends to burn you. Combine not more than two strategies at once as you lose concentration during the process and once you’re well-versed, you may combine more than three strategies.


Although all the above-mentioned strategies can be applied to Andar Bahar, the outcome is as unpredictable as applying these to any other card-based game. Be it poker, blackjack or baccarat, these strategies do not make you lucky so apply these with strict caution.

The general rules of thumb before playing Andar Bahar are to study & observe the game beforehand, read the room, and always come with a budget.

Budgeting and gambling may seem like oxymorons but history stands testament for the sheer number of people who have lost lives & livelihoods to gambling so budgeting is crucial.

Author Neha

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