The future of online rummy in India to be decided Sept 25th

21 September 2014
 
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the Centre’s response on whether online rummy and card games involving stakes fall under gambling or are these just tests of skill, as a part of the ongoing case filed by Mahalakshmi Cultural Association. 
 
A bench headed by Justice FMI Kalifullah asked ASG L Nageshwar Rao to clarify the Centre’s stand on the regulatory mechanism in place to oversee such games by September 25, the next date of hearing.
 
The issue has been raised by a group of companies that provide such services, which include Ace2Three.com and Rummycircle.com
 
However, various state governments are opposing such services, claiming that these online rummy and card games sites turn customers into gambling addicts.
 
While the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka High Courts have permitted such games with stakes, the Madras High Court had in March 2012 banned rummy and card games with stakes both online and also in clubs and held them a form of gambling.
 
The HC order was challenged by different gaming houses and companies that ran popular websites offering rummy and card games online.
 
These companies claimed that they offered a service for which they charged a small one-time fee when a person entered the site and the self-regulated game itself was just a matter of pure skill and the winner took all the money. Hence, this could not be considered the equivalent of gambling, they said
 
Opposing the petitions, the Tamil Nadu government said that these gaming houses had turned people into addicts who abandoned their families and were gambling away their money.

 



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