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Playing Online Rummy is Completely Legal in India

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At RummyBo we guarantee fair play along with a safe gaming experience. But as a player, you will need to ensure you play within your means so as to not let it affect you negatively.

1. What is gambling? How is gambling different from “games of skill”?

The Constitution of India has defined gambling as the following: “Gambling includes any activity or undertaking whose determination is controlled or influenced by chance or accident or any activity or undertaking which is entered into or undertaken with consciousness of the risk of winning or losing (eg, prize competitions, a wagering contract)”

In 1996, The Supreme Court specifically excluded games of skill from the definition of gambling, irrespective of whether they are played for real money or for free. Here is an excerpt from the 1996 judgement:

“The expression ‘gaming’ in the two Acts has to be interpreted in the light of the law laid-down by this Court in the two 1957 cases, wherein it has been authoritatively held that a competition which substantially depends on skill is not gambling. Gaming is the act or practice of gambling on a game of chance. It is staking on chance where chance is the controlling factor. ‘Gaming’ in the two Acts would, therefore, mean wagering or betting on games of chance. It would not include games of skill like horse racing.”

Also, Section 12 of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 states that, “Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this Act contained shall be held to apply to any game of mere skill wherever played.”

2 . Is it legal to play online rummy at RummyBo.com?

Yes! Playing online rummy is completely legal in India.

3. Does playing rummy online categorise as ‘gambling’?

No! Playing rummy does not categorise as gambling as per the Constitution of India.

The Supreme Court of India has identified rummy as a game of skill and not as a game of chance. Therefore, the activity to play online rummy for real cash is protected under the Indian Constitution – Article 19[1](g).

The laws in states like Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have prohibited both games of skill and games of chance. So, players in these states are not allowed to play for real money at RummyBo.

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