Card parties have taken a novel turn this Diwali. No longer restricted to just usual venues, they have now moved into the virtual world as players gear up for big Diwali tournaments by refining their skills on Facebook and mobile phone versions.
Rahul Razdan, president - products & operations, ibibo web, says, “Teen Patti is played by more than four million players both on the PC and Android mobile phones. During the Diwali season, we see a 150 per cent jump in game-plays.”
The Teen Patti game is a huge rage in the 21-35 years age group and its popularity surges further during the Diwali season.
The game on ibibo can be played live with upto six friends — whether on ibibo.com, Facebook or Android mobile phones. Players can also challenge their friends anywhere in the world and invite them to play the game. Reflecting the real-life game- play choices, it also has popular variations like Muphlis, Best of 4, and AK47.
The game is played with virtual money only, but players can gift in-game candles, diyas, crackers and sweets to their friends on the game tables.
Nokia’s Ovi store too allows players to download the mobile version of the Teen Patti game and there are several versions for the iPhone that have seen a rise in popularity recently. Vijaya Kamath, a housewife from Colaba, who downloaded the game for her iPhone, says, “We are gearing up for a bumper Diwali card party and I do not want to lose at any cost. This will help me prepare with my friends and hopefully win big when the real tournaments starts.”
And Teen Patti isn’t the only game being downloaded. Rahul adds, “For those who prefer Rummy, we have also launched a game for the PC and Android phones.”