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3-2-5 (Teen Do Paanch) or 5-3-2 is a popular card game which is commonly played in India and Pakistan.


The game is played with a 30-card stripped deck limited to all 8s onwards for all suits except for the 7 of Hearts and the 7 of Spades (in some variants, the sevens can be of any suit).

Game play[edit]

Basic game[edit]

"3-2-5" is very similar to bridge, except that there are three players instead of four, and all play individually. There are a total of 3+2+5 = 10 possible tricks. On each trick, the highest of the led suit wins unless it is trumped.


  1. Each player becomes the dealer one by one.
  2. The dealer has to make 2 tricks, the next person (who chooses the trump) 5, and the third 3.
  3. Dealing the Cards - first distribute a set of 5 cards to each. The person next to the dealer looks at her cards and chooses a trump suit. Then the cards are dealt in sets of 3 and two. If the player choosing the trump does not like her first 5 cards, she may decide to ask the next set of 3 cards to be shown to all and the suit with the highest card in those 3 becomes the trump.
  4. First lead is by the player setting the trump, subsequent ones are by the one who wins the trick
  5. In the end if someone makes more than what is required of him (like the dealer makes 4 instead of 2), then he is allowed to 'pick' a card each for the extra tricks in the next round. i.e. if player 1 (the dealer) makes 4 and player 2 makes 2 (instead of 3) and player 3 makes 4 (instead of 5), then player 1 has the option of pulling one card each from the cards of player 2 and player 3 in the next round. In return, he can give back any of his unwanted (usually small) cards as long as he can show 2 cards of the same suit (in some regions, instead of 2, only 1 card of the same suit is necessary).