The world is moving rapidly towards a more liberal outlook towards the poker. This is considered the game of skill in online gambling. But in Indian gaming, it is non-existing or archaic.
The government still did not formulate any dedicated laws for this gambling and there is also a complete lack of the legal techno framework. In the current scenario, the future of the legal status of idnpoker looks very bleak.
As mentioned by the supreme court, the games of the chance are illegal. But the games which are to be played on the skill is legal. However, again the gambling is considered as the subject related to the states so different states are having different scenarios on this. The gambling is legal currently only in Daman, Goa, Nagaland, and Sikkim. The categories like horse racing and the lottery are also legal in a few more states of India. Some states have explicitly allowed playing the games of skill while others have specially prohibited in such forms of games. Nagaland is the first state in India who is considered as the gambling jurisdiction in India and was also awarded the license for operating the idnpoker online.
Calcutta High Court in the ruling of 2015 has also exempted poker for being considered as the punishable act in the laws of gambling. Karnataka High Court in October 2013 has also decriminalized for playing poker in the recreational clubs. However, these gambling laws are still not certain and various ambiguities are surrounding it. The continuous efforts are been made by the Indian Poker Association and some steps have been taken in Gujarat and Kerala to make the Poker legal in the state.
The state of Telangana has also issued in June 2017 the two decrees which are modifying the Telangana gaming act of 1947 and have made gambling illegal. Also, any form of online betting is considered illegal in Telangana. The ordinance is also been added to the new definition of cyberspace. Another bad news for the poker players is the deletion of the 2nd amendment in which earlier it is exempted under the games of skill. Now with the deletion of the amendment the poker playing and the rummy for the money both are considered illegal. Three online rummy companies are challenging the institution for the validity of the ordinance in the Telangana high court and Andhra Pradesh. They have also submitted the banning of the rummy which is going against the supreme court verdict and have recognized the rummy under the game of skill and then termed it as the legal in August 2015.
Three online rummy companies challenged the constitutional validity of the ordinance in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court. They submitted that banning rummy goes against the Supreme Court verdict that recognized rummy as a game of skill and termed it legal in August 2015.