By Sakshi Pawar (Co-founder and Managing Editor of KhelAdhikar). “A man has got to play the cards that was dealt him” This has been true for the poker players and enthusiasts in India in both their professional and legal battles. Poker coming under the ambit of state legislation is still not legally allowed to be played under the mysterious garb of “Game of Skill” in various states. The much anticipated judgment of the Gujarat High Court on the legality of Poker was delivered on Dec 4, 2017. Contrary to most expectations it declared poker to be a game of chance. This was a major blow for the game in Gujarat and other states where similar petitions are pending. This article by Sakshi Pawar gives us a succinct and precise analysis of the December 4 judgment.
The beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play.- Chris Moneymaker The legalization of poker has been a contentious for quite some time now. For the past few months, Gujarat High Court is deliberating upon its legality in its territorial extent. The Gujarat High Court decision scheduled on 23 November 2017, will certainly have nationwide repercussions. While we speculate about the final decision, betting and gambling law enthusiast, Sakshi Pawar’s article provides a comprehensive guidance on this topic.