People all over the globe have enjoyed card games for centuries. Historians have evidence of games being played in China as early as 868 during the Tang dynasty, which unsurprisingly is considered a golden cultural age. Moving much closer to the home and heart, cards are among the first games we play as children, not counting peekaboo. It’s no surprise that in the world of online gambling, card games are king.

Satta Matka gambling was one of the most successful forms of Indian card gambling. Satta Makta is a lottery which involves the pulling of random numbers from a pack of cards and the bets stand to win amounts the numbers were the same. Satta Makta has its origins from the lottery called ‘Ankada Jugaad’ which is similar but had the workers of the mills in Bombay bet the opening and closing rates of cotton in the New York Cotton Exchange via teleprinters. This came to an abrupt end with the exchange stopping the practice and resulted in the invention of Satta Makta.

Initially, the game began with the rates and then later moved to three numbers. The various forms of Makta and Satta Guessing involve single, Jodi/pair, Patti/Panna. Also, other terms in the game involved open/closed result, cycle Patti, farak and berji. These are all the different rules and sets of the same game involving one, two or three digits in the winning numbers also other the sets involved other ways to win some money. While Poker was a developed as more of a game than a lottery has its differences but the basics remain the same within its Indian terminologies. Single Lottery is one where the bet is on a single number between 0 and 9 while the Jodi/pair involves numbers between 00 and 99. The largely more common system is the Patti/Panna where numbers are 3 digits but are bound only to limited numbers where the game branches out to single Patti, double Patti and triple Patti.

Other versions involve the betting risks such as the open/close results, Farak or berji. This ingenious system had lured the attention of a large number of Mumbai’s large working class in its time. There was once a call by a Goa Legislator Vishnu Wagh who had wanted the traditional card plays legalized but failed. But it remains extremely popular in India through various small bookies and online Satta Bazar.

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