Supreme Court In India Mulls Online Gambling

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Aug 22, 2014

Skill vs. Chance arguments being considered

The massive but largely frustrated gambling community in India will be watching the deliberations of the nation's Supreme Court closely in the coming months as the country's top jurists consider arguments on whether online card games involving stakes can be construed as games of skill and therefore fall within the country's laws, or whether they are undiluted internet gambling, which is currently illegal.
Provincial High Courts have referred the debate to the Supreme Court to resolve legal grey areas, especially those around card games.
Arguing the legality of such games online are companies like Head Infotech India and Play Games 24 X 7, which run popular game websites and RummyCircle. com. Their claim is that the sites operate on a tournament model where the winners take all, and the organisers make money from tournament-style fees paid by players.
The growth of gambling is accelerating in India, according to media reports, with the online and offline industry worth around $10 billion this year despite the restrictions of the antiquated Public Gambling Act 1867.

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Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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