A Beginner’s Guide to the Basic Rules

If you’re a beginner and wondering how to play Matka, this is the only guide you will ever need. The rules are so simple by the end of this article you are sure to come out a pro! Online or offline – the mode doesn’t matter!

For the uninitiated, Matka gambling, or Satta Matka as it is popularly known, is a lottery-based betting game that involves cards. Players need to correctly guess two random numbers between 0 and 9 to win. However, there’s more to the story.

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1. Learn the Basic Matka Terminologies


An earthen pot used to draw the lucky numbers

In modern-day Matka, especially when played online, the pot isn’t part of the game. But the word has been retained in honor of the traditional form of Matka gambling.

Matka Cards 

The playing cards used in the lottery

In Matka, a standard deck of 52 French-suited playing cards is used from which the Kings, Queens, and Jacks are discarded. Of the remaining cards, Aces are valued at 1, cards 2 to 9 are taken at face value, and the value of 10 is considered to be 0.

1 A A A A
2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6 6
7 7 7 7 7
8 8 8 8 8
9 9 9 9 9
0 10 10 10 10

Open and Close 

The Matka rounds

If you want to know how to play Satta Matka, you must first know that the game is always played in two rounds – open and close. Sometimes, they are also termed as day and night. The overall outcome in a game of Matka depends on the outcome of the two discrete rounds.

Pana or Panna or Patti

A sequence of three Matka cards randomly drawn in each round

In each Matka round, three cards are pulled by the organizers, which means every game in Matka has two panas. The first is known as opening pana or day pana. The second is known as closing pana or night pana.

The numbers in a pana are always arranged in ascending order. Thus, 123 is a legit pana but 321, 231, 213, and 312 aren’t. The only exception to this rule is when a 0 appears. In such cases, the 0 would be pushed to the third number position.

In Matka, the values of the three cards in a pana are added up. The last digit of the sum is then considered for betting.

For instance, let’s assume the opening pana is 134.

After adding the numbers together we get 1 + 3 + 4 = 8. Therefore, 8 is considered the final outcome of the opening round. Players who guessed it correctly during this round would win.

Again, let’s assume the closing pana is 246.

After adding the numbers together we get 2 + 4 + 6 = 12. Since this is a two-digit number, the last digit would be considered. Therefore, in this case, 2 is the final outcome of the closing round. Players who guessed it correctly during this round would win.

The final pana would look like this:

1, 3, 4*8 X 2*2, 4, 6


Any bet placed in Matka

Bazi (बाज़ी) is the Hindi word for a bet. To place a bet in Matka, every player must choose three numbers from 0 to 9 for each round. These three numbers would then be added to get to a final number.

The last digit of this final number would be considered for betting. If this digit matches with the final outcome of the corresponding round, the player wins.

To explain this, let’s continue with the above example. The final outcome in the opening round is 8. Now, if a player chooses 125 during this round, the sum of the numbers would be 8, which would match the final outcome drawn by the organizers. This would lead to a win.

Single Number or Ank Bet

A bet placed on the possible sum of the three cards appearing in a single pana

Single Number or Ank bettors would place a bet on the final outcome of the opening or closing pana. In the above example, a bet placed on 8 appearing in the opening round or 2 appearing in the closing round would be a Single Number bet.

If you place a Single Number bet worth ₹100 in the opening round on number 8, your bet would look something like this:

Open | Single | 8 x 100

Similarly, if you place a bet of the same value on number 2 in the closing round, your bet would look something like this:

Close | Single | 2 x 100

Remember that you can place as many bets as you want on the opening and closing pana. Usually, no minimum stake value is mentioned and you can place bets as low as ₹1. However, keeping profits in mind, most Matka bookies would ask you to bet a minimum of ₹50 to ₹500.

It is worth noting that the payout in a Single Number bet is 9/1. For every ₹1 you bet, you would get back ₹9 if you win. This is because such bets take into consideration single numbers from 0 to 9.

Single Pana or Single Patti Bet

A bet placed on the possible opening or closing pana with no number repeated

Unlike a Single Number bet, a Single Pana Bet takes into consideration the entire pana in each round and not just the sum of the three cards. However, for such a bet to be placed, the three cards must be unique in each round.

In neither the opening round nor the closing round can a Single Pana bet be placed on sequences such as 112, 122, 121, and so on. But the numbers selected for the opening round can be repeated in the closing round and vice versa.

A Single Pana bet worth ₹100 placed on an opening pana of 346 would look something like this:

Open | Single Patti | 3, 4, 6 x 100

Similarly, a Single Pana bet worth ₹100 placed on a closing pana of 236 would look something like this:

Close | Single Patti | 2, 3, 6 x 100

Players win when the three cards drawn by the organizers form the Single Pana they chose. The payout rate of a Single Pana bet is either 120/1, 140/1, or 150/1 depending on the organizers of the draw. Therefore, for every ₹1 you bet, you would receive either ₹120, ₹140, or ₹150 when you win.

Players should keep in mind that every possible pana in a Single Pana bet corresponds to a single number (Ank) from 0 to 9. For each of these single numbers, there are 12 different panas.

Some organizers of Satta Matka consider this fact and calculate the total wager on a Single Pana bet as 12 times the original bet. For instance, if you want to bet ₹1 on 346, you might have to bet 1 X 12 = ₹12 to make your wager legit.

The table below lists all the Single Panas and the single number to which they correspond.

Single NumberSingle Pana Combinations

Double Pana or Double Patti Bet

A bet placed on the possible opening or closing pana where a number is repeated twice

A Double Pana bet differs from a Single Number bet as well as a Single Pana bet. It takes into account the entire pana instead of the sum of the numbers in it. Moreover, for a Double Pana bet to be valid, a certain number in the pana must be repeated.

For instance, a Double Pana bet can be placed on the pana 133 appearing either in the closing or opening round. Such a bet would look something like this:

Open | Double Pana | 1, 3, 3 x 100


Close | Double Pana | 1, 3, 3 x 100

Players win when the three cards drawn by the organizers form the Double Pana they chose. Double Pana bets pay at a rate of 270/1. For every ₹1 you bet, you would receive 1 x 270 = ₹270 when you win.

Just like in Single Pana bets, every possible pana in a Double Pana bet corresponds to a single number (Ank) from 0 to 9. For every single number, there are 9 such panas.

Satta Matka Organizers who consider this fact would ask you to bet 9 times the wager on the original Double Pana bet. For instance, if you want to bet ₹1 on 133, you might have to bet 1 X 9 = ₹9.

In the table below, you find all the possible Double Pana combinations and the single numbers to which they correspond.

Single NumberDouble Pana Combinations

Triple Pana or Triple Patti Bet

A bet placed on the possible opening or closing pana where a number is repeated thrice

In other words, all the numbers in a valid Triple Pana bet are identical. For instance, a Triple Pana bet worth ₹100 placed on the pana 444 would look something like this:

Open | Triple Pana | 4, 4, 4 x 100


Close | Triple Pana | 4, 4, 4 x 100

Players win when the three cards drawn by the organizers form the Triple Pana they chose. The payout rate of a Triple Pana bet is 600/1. For every ₹1 you bet, you would get back ₹600 when you win. 

Now, every possible pana in a Triple Pana bet corresponds to a single number (Ank) from 0 to 9. However, for every single number, there is only 1 such pana. So, there’s no chance of organizers asking you to wager more than what you intend.

We have listed all the combinations in the table below.

Single NumberTriple Pana Combinations

Jodi or Pair Bet

A bet placed on both the resulting digits from the opening and closing pana

The Hindi word Jodi (जोड़ी) translates to Pair in English. In Matka, a Jodi bet is placed on the two digits that result from the summation of the three numbers in the opening and closing pana respectively.

For instance, if the opening pana is 123 and the closing pana 234, the sum of the numbers in each would give us 6 and 9. Here, 69 would be the Jodi on which players would place their bet. However, 96 would not be considered a legit Jodi in this case.

In total, 100 Jodi bets are possible in a game of Matka (00 – 99). However, only 90 of them would pay as cut numbers (more on this soon) and Jodis with two identical numbers do not. The payout rate for a Jodi bet is normally 90/1. However, some organizers would also pay 95/1. Thus, for every ₹1 you bet in a Matka Jodi, you would receive either ₹90 or ₹95 when you win.

Half Sangam Bet

A bet placed on the Open Single Number combined with Closing Pana, or Close Single Number combined with Opening Pana

Sangam (संगम) is the Hindi word for confluence or merger. Since the merger here is between a Single Number and a Pana, it is termed Half Sangam. Let’s understand this with an example.

The sum of the numbers in an opening pana of 123 and closing pana of 234 would yield 6 and 9 respectively. Therefore, a Half Sangam would be either of the following:

1, 2, 3 X 9 (Half Sangam A)


2, 3, 4 X 6 (Half Sangam B)

A total of 4400 Half Sangam combinations are possible in Satta Matka. A Half Sangam bet usually pays out at the rate of 1400/1. However, some draw organizers might pay as little as 1000/1. In other words, for every ₹1 you bet, you would receive either ₹1400 or ₹1000.

Sangam or Full Sangam Bet

A bet placed on the Opening Pana combined with the Closing Pana

As whole panas are taken into consideration for this merger, it is known as Full Sangam. In the above example, a Full Sangam would look like this:

1, 2, 3 X 2, 3, 4

A total of 48400 Full Sangam combinations are possible in a game of Matka. The payout is usually fixed at 15000/1. However, some organizers might pay you 10,000/1. It means you will receive either ₹15,000 or ₹10000 for every ₹1 you bet.

SP, DP, and TP

Abbreviations for Single Pana, Double Pana, and Triple Pana bets

Organizers often use abbreviations to denote different bet types. As a player, you must be well informed to avoid confusion during the lottery.

Cycle Pana or Cycle Patti

A combination of the last two digits of a pana

Considering a pana of 246, 46 would be its Cycle Pana (CP). Please note that the reverse, i.e. 64 isn’t a legit CP for this particular pana.


The difference between the numbers in a Jodi

Farak (फरक) is the Hindi word for Difference. If a Jodi is 46, the Farak would be 6 – 4 = 2.


The last digit of the sum of the numbers in a Jodi

The word Berji has been derived from the Hindi word Berij (बेरीज) which means summation. Here are some examples of how Berji numbers are calculated in Matka:

  • Jodi = 23, Sum = 2 + 3 = 5, Berji = 5
  • Jodi = 57, Sum = 5 + 7 = 12, Berji = 2
  • Jodi = 46, Sum = 4 + 6 = 10, Berji = 0

Cut Numbers

Jodi numbers with 5 as their difference

In Matka, certain pairs of Single Numbers are known as Cut Numbers if the Farak (difference) between them is 5.

These are some examples:

  • 0 and 5
  • 1 and 6
  • 2 and 7
  • 3 and 8
  • 4 and 9

Please note that no payment is made for Matka bets if the resulting Jodi in the draw contains Cut Numbers.

Now that you are aware of the Matka terminologies, let’s move on to playing the game.

2. Choose a Matka Game You Want to Play

Regardless of the Matka gambling game you play, the rules remain the same, more or less. You are likely to come across most of the aforementioned terminologies if not all. However, it is still wise to know the forms that are popular in the Satta bazar (Satta market).

We have listed the top 10 Matka games below. Please note that none of them are legal. Player discretion is advised.

  • Kalyan Matka
  • Worli Matka
  • New Worli Matka
  • Tara Matka
  • Madhur Matka
  • Milan Matka
  • Rajdhani Matka
  • Matka 420
  • Sridevi Matka
  • Time Bazar

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The difference between all of the above formats is primarily the periodicity, the price of tickets, the prizes, and the winning odds.

For instance, Kalyan Matka generally runs once a day (different draw timings for the open and close rounds) and 4 or 5 days a week. On the other hand, Worli Matka runs once every day, but offers lower odds of winning.

Also, note if a certain game comes with a ‘fix number.’ Such games offer fixed bet amounts that players can place on different combinations of Pana, Single Numbers, Jodis, and more.

Alternatively, you can play Satta Matka online legally!

Legit online Matka games resemble the traditional forms, but not completely. The rules are retained so players get an authentic gaming experience. However, there’s almost always some sort of twist to make them unique.

These games are hosted by foreign sites, which makes them legal to play in India. Currently, Lottoland is the only international lottery site serving online Matka for real money. All you need to do is register, verify your account, deposit money, and play!

Its exclusive game Jhatka Matka offers all your favorite bets such as Pana, Single Number, Jodi, Full Sangam, and more. Draws happen every 15 minutes and results are handed out in real-time. Simply click the link to play Lottoland’s Jhatka Matka.

It’s worth keeping in mind that traditional Matka can only be played offline with bookies. Since the lottery is illegal in India, you’d never know if the bookie you choose is trustworthy. You could be swindled out of your money if you aren’t careful.

But when you play Matka online on trusted lottery sites, you can rest assured that you are playing the game legally and putting your money in good hands. You might not win, but you’ll never be duped.

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3. Decide on the Type of Bet You Want to Place

Now that you know the different types of bets you can place in Matka (offline or online), take your pick. Remember that you can place multiple bets on each draw and even multiple draws. You can also put in money in the same type of bet or on different bets. Whatever floats your boat!

4. Select Your Lucky Numbers

Depending on the type of bet you want to place, you must now select your lucky numbers for the Opening Pana, Closing Pana, or both. Remember that your timing will decide the availability of certain bets.

For instance, if you decide to choose your numbers for the Closing Pana, Jodi, Sangam, Half Sangam, Farak, and Berji bets might be unavailable because the Opening round is already over and the draw results out.

You might then have to pick your numbers for Single Number, Single Pana, Double Pana, Triple Pana, and Cycle Pana bets only.

5. Make a Deposit to Place the Bet

Now that you’re ready with your lucky numbers and the type of bets you wish to place, it’s time to put in the money and enter the draw.

If you’re playing Matka offline, you would have to pay the bookie in cash or deposit the money into his personal bank account. The payment method will depend on whatever the person specifies. You might or might not get proof of purchase.

However, if you’re playing Matka online at sites such as Lottoland, you will be offered a gamut of payment methods including credit and debit cards, net banking, UPI and e-wallets.

For Indian Matka players, the most convenient payment options are UPI and IMPS. Moreover, you would also receive proof of purchase in the form of an email notification.

6. Check the Draw Results

Knowing how to play Matka is one thing and knowing how to read Matka result charts is another. Check out the below Kalyan chart to understand how to interpret results.

How to play matka - how to read Kalyan matka results chart

Since a single draw takes place in two rounds – Open and Close, the result sheet will have distinct columns marked as ‘O,’ which represents the Opening round, and ‘C,’ which represents the Closing round.

The date and day of the draw will also be mentioned. The result of each draw is put within a box with the column for the Opening round to the left and that for the Closing round to the right.

The Panas for each round are vertically written to correspond to their respective columns. The Jodi is put in the middle.

Where no draws are conducted, the box is left empty or marked as XX. The Jodis marked in red represent either Cut Numbers or the same numbers.

On certain result charts, Cut Numbers in Jodis are marked in half red and the same numbers in full red.

Earlier we discussed how no payment is made for Jodis with Cut Numbers. However, Jodis with the same numbers do pay out even if they are marked in red. This is why the payout in the case of Jodis is either 90/1 or 95/1.

So, you see, playing Matka isn’t rocket science! Now that you know how to place your bets, enjoy your game and refer this guide to someone who is interested in learning how to play Matka, but terribly unprepared!

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