The Indian Constitution gives the power to the different states of India to decide upon certain subjects. One of these subjects is ‘betting and gambling’. Every Indian state has the power to decide upon its own laws on this subject and while some expressly prohibit gambling, others do not have clear rulings on the same. However, when we say ‘betting and gambling’ it constitutes a factor of ‘luck’.
So is playing online rummy for stakes legal in India?
The short answer – yes, it is completely legal. The long answer – In 2012, the Madras High Court had delivered a verdict that rummy was gambling and thus, illegal. However in 2015, the Supreme Court of India overturned the verdict of the Madras High Court and declared that as playing rummy online for stakes is a game of skill not sheer luck, it does not fall into the ambit of gambling laws and is this, legal. Any game that involves chance and zero skill falls under the purview of the gambling and betting laws in India and not otherwise.
The apex court put all rummy websites out of its scrutiny and focused on the legal issues that arose out of playing table rummy in clubs and other places.
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