Legality of Poker and other Games of Skill: A Critical Analysis of India’s Gaming Laws
Volume 5 Issue 1 (2012)
Gambling and wagers have always enthralled people ever since the beginning of civilisation. Instances of gambling can be found in the Mahabharata, Quran and other religious texts. The law and the judiciary, in modern times, have looked at card games as a pernicious and immoral activity. In the last two centuries, sophisticated card games involving a great degree of skill and intellect have become highly popular among the masses. The laws regulating and prohibiting gambling, however, remain ambiguous and archaic. This paper analyses the laws prohibiting gambling in India and discusses the legality of card games involving a substantial degree of skill in the light of international discourse and analysis about the game of poker.