Latest Supreme Court Judgement On Rummy
Table of content:
- What is a Game of Skills?
- What is a game of chance?
- Is Rummy a game of skills or game of chance?
- Latest Supreme Court Judgement on Rummy
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.
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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!)
To understand the legality of rummy, let's first understand what a game of skill is.
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.
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.
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(g) of the Constitution of India.
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.
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