Latest Supreme Court Judgement On Rummy

Latest Supreme Court Judgement On Rummy

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Rummy is a very popular card game both in India and in other countries. We at GetMega are bringing to you the different versions of the rummy card game through a series of articles.

As gambling is banned in India, many players question whether rummy is legal in India as there is a scope of winning cash and might be construed as gambling.

To answer your question- online rummy is perfectly legal.

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To understand the legality of the rummy card game, we will explain the latest supreme court judgement on rummy (in very simple terms!)

What is a Game of Skills?

To understand the legality of rummy, let's first understand what a game of skill is.

Game of skills rummy

For example:- Horse-racing is a game of skill  (though there is the element of winning or losing money) since it depends on the capabilities of the horse and skills of the jockey. The Supreme Court's 1996 judgement held that winning the race requires skill therefore horse-racing is legal.

What is a game of chance?

A game of chance is when the outcome is strongly influenced by a randomizing device.

For example, roulette is a game of chance. You can pick the numbers and colors. But the outcome depends on where the ball randomly falls in the roulette wheel. It does not require any skill from anybody.

Is Rummy a game of skills or game of chance?

Rummy is a game of skills because it depends on the player’s capabilities.  Although there is some chance involved in the cards received, ultimately it’s your skills that determine the outcome.

Playing a game of skill is legally considered as a business activity and is protected by  Article 19[1](g) of the Constitution of India.

Latest Supreme Court Judgement on Rummy

Supreme court's judgement on rummy

The latest Supreme Court judgement on rummy on August 18th 2014, held that rummy is a game of skill. They referred to an earlier judgement, where, in 1957, the Supreme Court clearly expressed the difference between games of skill and games of chance. They set aside the Madras High court order which had earlier declared that playing the rummy card game for stakes is illegal.

Therefore, in 2 major Supreme Court Judgements on Rummy (1957 and 2012), it was concluded that rummy is a game of skills.

In which states rummy is banned?

Online rummy is prohibited in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Nagaland, and Sikkim.

Why is rummy not banned in India?

Since 1968, the Supreme Court has ruled that rummy is a skill-based game rather than a chance game. As a result, online rummy cannot be prohibited," the petitions argued.

Is rummy legal in India?

Playing Rummy games is permitted in India.
Rummy has been declared a skill game by the Indian Supreme Court. Gambling differs from skill games in that it is a game of chance. The Indian Supreme Court defined gambling in 1996 as simply betting and wagering on games of chance.

Is rummy a gambling game?

Rummy for Stakes is declared a game of skill rather than gambling by the Supreme Court.

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