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IS PLAYING ONLINE RUMMY FOR CASH LEGAL IN INDIA?

Written by : Super User

18 December 2020


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Are you an avid rummy player? Have you spent your vacations playing rummy as a child? Now you finally have a chance to play your favourite game online however, you have some doubts around the legal status of the game. 

Well, you have come to right place to clear your doubts. Let us bridge the gap between your favourite card game, online rummy and you! Here is a quick Q&A Session that will clear all your doubts on the legal status of rummy:

Is online rummy legal in India?

In 1968, the honourable Supreme Court of India ruled that Rummy is a skill-based game that relies on several core concepts of Mathematics and Game Theory. The game is further protected under the relevant scope of Article 19[1] (g). 

The apex court of the country later observed that:

  • A competition where success or victory depends on a significant degree of skill cannot be termed as ‘gambling’. 
  • In case of online rummy, while there may be an element of chance, it is largely based on a player’s skills even after real money is involved.

How do you define a game of chance?

As per the Indian law, gambling is considered an act of wagering of money or something of value on an event that may have an uncertain outcome or result. Such games whose outcomes are largely dependent on chance are prohibited by law. 

How is rummy a game of skill?

A victory in Rummy largely depends on a player’s intelligence, sharp memory and decision-making skills and not on the knowledge of the game’s rules only. These along with sharp observation skills, emotional stability and self-confidence helps a player in consistently winning at the online rummy tables. Hence, rummy is a game of skill as per the law.

To Put Everything in a Nutshell:

  1. Online rummy is a skill-based game. 

  2. All skill-based games are legal in India, even when played for cash. 

  3. All penal restrictions apply only to games of chance.

However, we further want to inform that in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Assam, Kerala, Odisha and Tamil Nadu, players are not allowed to play online rummy for cash. Players residing from these states can play free online rummy games. 

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We are sure that we have sent all your worries down the drain by now. It’s time to set the online rummy tables on fire!

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