In Indian history, the term “Satta” has been used to describe betting. You must be familiar with this word as it has been used since ancient times. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, no worries, we will clear you the concept behind it. Gambling is defined as the betting of money or a valuable thing on an uncertain outcome in the hopes of gaining money or material things. Gambling can also be done using materials that have monetary worth but are not worth the actual money.
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However, since Gambling is now illegal in India, you won’t any longer find the original Satta Matka. Despite this, you can play matka on your mobile phone now and try your luck sitting at home, without violating any laws. It is played in other varieties too, such as Day of Rajdhani, Kalyan Night, Mumbai Day, and so on. Numbers are the new betting thingy; players in this game wage their cash amount on the chosen number in order to win the jackpot.
Origin of Satta Matka:
The Satta Matka, in its origins, began as a game of lottery in which participants had to estimate and wager on the starting and closing cotton rates as reported by the Cotton Exchange of New York. This fact may be hard to swallow, but that’s the case. It was earlier familiar with the name, Ankara Jugar in pre-independent Hindustan. However, in the mid-1950s, this was modified and evolved into several forms, such as drawing slips from inside a big clay pot referred to as Matka. As a result, the practice became known with the name ‘Satta Matka.’ Satta refers to Gambling, whereas matka refers to a pot made of earthen clay.
Kalyanji Bhagat, Suresh Bhagat, Rattan Khatri were the three men behind the whole concept of this practice. They are referred to as “Matka kings”. Among these, Kalyani Bhagat was the one who set the roots of Satta matka. While operating his grocery store in the mid 1960s in Worli, Kalyani started accepting wagers on the opening and closing rates of cotton exchanged via the wholesale market of New York. However, later his practice was put to an end by the Cotton Exchange of New York.
Transformation of Matka Gambling:
To keep the matka business going, in 1962, Kalyanji sprang out a branch of Satta matka but with a twist, naming it Kalyan Matka. Many inventive solutions were devised by the punters in their search for new methods to keep the matka shareholders happy. Among those punters was Rattan, who introduced an idea of replacing the means of Gambling to get out of the sight of the law. He popularized the notion of proclaiming the starting and securing rates of fictional items instead of playing in really valuable material. Ratan Khatri was also the one who introduced the tradition of drawing three of the cards to determine the day’s percentage. Many people believed this betting to be legitimate because the cards were revealed in front of the patrons.
Besides Kalyanji, he also founded matka gambling, Rattan Matka, in 1964. Both versions of the game were played by selecting the appropriate number and waiting for your luck to pave the way to the jackpot. Many mill workers played matka during the heyday of the textile mills, which led to the establishment of bookmakers in and around the mill regions, particularly in Central Mumbai. Central Mumbai then became the epicenter of matka trade. Along with Kalyanji and Rattan, not to forget Suresh Bhagat whenever the name Satta Matka appears. He was also a significant figure in the Gambling industry of India.
Turn down of Matka Gambling:
The Matka business marked a turning point in the mid-to-late 1990s. As it was approaching its peak, it caught sight of many officials, making the Mumbai police get in the game with an incredible pace. They started searching for matka establishments. Dealers were forced to relocate to the city’s outskirts due to a massive raid on matka hubs. The vast majority of them migrated to Gujarat, Rajasthan, and other Indian states.
The breakdown of the Matka system left no significant source of Gambling in the city. Even though Gambling got banned, that didn’t make much of a difference; the attraction and addiction persisted, making the gamblers look to adopt other such activities. Such as Cricket betting and Teen Patti have infamously supplanted the Satta Matka.