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The debate about legalizing poker relaunched - India

The issue of legalizing poker is back on the table in India following a legal case about rummy game with money that the Supreme Court of India has processed. Main poker actors are attentive to the progress of the case because the decision by the court could lead to the legalization of poker. The case dates back in 2011 and began in Madras, a city in India, with the prosecution of several gaming organizations in the State of Tamil Nadu. At the time, the judge classified rummy as a game of skill and not a game of chance. The Madras High Court subsequently rejected this decision and said that the clubs could no longer organize and take profits on rummy games or other games that could be played with bets.



Lawyers of the involved clubs have appealed based on the decision of the Indian Supreme Court which had classified Rummy as a game of skill in 1968. The Supreme Court will issue its decision in a few days, which could affect poker. If the decision authorizes rummy as a game with money, it will also be applied to poker. However, this decision will have no influence on online poker which is currently in a "gray market" in India as there is no real regulatory framework. Only the State of Sikkim has regulated online poker after the adoption of a draft law to distribute new licenses.

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