FICCI to include poker discussion in October´s sportsbetting conference

06 August 2013

Encouraging news for poker in India. FICCI, the largest and oldest apex business organization in India, has considered that poker in India and India poker community should have a voice in its October´s conference on "Regulating Sports Betting and Sports Law in India".

FICCI, once again taking the lead trying to tackle fraud and criminality by encouraging discussion and debate, will be organizing a high-profile conference in October to talk, discuss, and bring light to the matter.  All sorts of stakeholders in the sports industry are expected to attend, from top international sports lawyers, to athletes and sports federations, policy makers, governments officials , etc,.. so the quality of the debate is likely to be tremendously rich.

With all the scandals of match-fixing in IPL, and the tremendous media exposure on the matter, the momentum that regulation trend is gaining is considerable.

FICCI has been sensitive with the upcoming interest of Indian community to the game of poker, a game of skill, so poker will have a special session, called: Participative Betting : The Unique Case of Poker.

From pokerwala, we welcome the news. Pokerwala will be covering the event, so we will be happy to receive your feedback on the matters that you think the poker session should talk about.

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Below is the final concept note for the conference:


¨Conference on Regulating Sports Betting and Sports Law in India¨

12-13 Oct, 2013

Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi


Sport is one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy with a lot of money flowing in the sector.
Absence of effective regulation has led to the menace of unregulated sports betting, sporting fraud and
doping amongst others. This brings bad name to the stakeholders and loss to the exchequer.
Moreover money laundering, growing illegal and criminal activities in sports have created a new need
for effective regulation and greater understanding of how the law can tackle sporting fraud and
promote sports development. Therefore this Conference on Regulating Sports Betting in India and
International Sports Law.


• Catching up with international trends to protect integrity of sports
• Suggest the way forward to effectively regulate sports betting and prevent sporting fraud


This Conference will cover the gamut of legal issues around sports and sporting tournaments for
effective dispute resolution. The discussion focus will be:
• Unregulated Sports betting: Is Ignorance a False Morality?
• Regulation : Sports Betting and Lottery Operators Perspective
• Participative Betting : The Unique Case of Poker
• Threat to Integrity of Sports: Match Fixing and Doping
• International trends to curb sporting fraud: Regulatory structure, criminal law and courts


• Government: Policy Makers, Executives, Influencers and Think Tanks
• Athletes and Sports Federations
• National and International Legal Experts
• Industries with stakes in sports
• Sports Support Professionals like coaches and other professional staff


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