Asked March 18, 2017

Poker club in Assam

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Is it legal to establish a poker club in Assam?

Answer 1

The Supreme Court in the 1957 case The State of Bombay v. RMD Chamarbaugwala had said that gambling activities are inherently pernicious, immoral and contrary to public policy. Hence the constitutional protection guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g) would not extend to gambling businesses that guarantees the life right to trade and profession. Thus, gambling is banned across India. Nevertheless, some legal online gaming platforms do exist in India that operate games of skill like rummy and poker. However, the state of Assam through its anti-gambling act, the Assam Game and Betting Act 1970, explicitly bans all forms of gambling, even games of skill, like poker. Hence it is illegal to operate a poker club in Assam.

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