India Flag SThe situation regarding online poker in India sparked confusion this week. A Delhi court ruled that online betting is an offence in India and a website allowing people to play poker involving money cannot be given protection under the constitution.

The ruling effectively means that, while poker is considered a game of skill in India, it is illegal to play it.

District Judge Ina Malhotra made it clear in an order released this week that even skill games cannot be held to be legal and banks can refuse to provide their normal service to companies offering such games.

The courts verdict came following a petition made by an internet start-up company founded by an Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi alumnus, along with others, proposing to launch a website offering games including chess and poker, as well as other “games of skill.” The company sought the opinion of the court to ensure they did not violate any laws.

The news was not good. The court ruled that online games such as these were “illegal.”

“So, while betting or playing for money among players on a game of golf, chess, bridge or billiards may be permitted, they cannot be considered legal if operated by a gaming house,” the court said.

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