Petitions that challenged prohibitions of online Rummy
Online Poker Prohibition: Today the high court issued a notification in this matter. It posted a request with other delayed petitions that challenged prohibitions of online Rummy. This case tends to be heard next in April.
The Indian gaming federation has challenged the constitutional validity of the Tamil Nadu government’s ban on online poker.
Amendments to the Tamil Nadu gaming act, 1930
The government recently introduced amendments to the Tamil Nadu gaming act, 1930. This is in an effort to ban various forms of Online Poker gaming and gambling.
Various petitions challenged this amendment, as far as they prohibited Rummy online, the case was delayed before the High Court.
The latest application to challenge the ban on Online Poker
On Monday the bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee issued a notice in the latest application to challenge the ban on poker online. And marked it with pending petitions. Senior Advocate Aryama Sundaram and Advocate Rahul Unnikrishnan and Vishakh Ranjit representing the Petitioner-Federation.
All India gaming federation has argued that online poker is a skill game
The all-India gaming federation has argued that online poker is a skill game. And, therefore, it cannot be prohibited on the premise that it is a form of gambling.
Charter in the Online Skill Game – Online Poker
To indicate that the platform has regulated its own operation. The Federation has also highlighted “Charter in the Online Skill Game” which is followed by its members.
All online fantasy games, online pokers, and online Rummies must be approved by this expert committee
In particular, the Expert Committee has also been based on deciding whether there are games offered by any member is a skill game or not, the Federation said. All online fantasy games, online pokers, and online Rummies must be all in all approved by this expert committee, he added.
Federation continues to compete:
Moreover, Online Poker is a skill game, where mathematics, psychology, practices all determining the success of players. Thus, not included in the category of “betting and gambling”. The Indian Law Commission, in the 276th report, has expressly stated that poker is a skill game on the other hand.
Other States (14 states or uT’s) specifically exempted the application of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 with skills games. The majority of states process poker as a skill game.
Poker competition is a protected business activity based on Article 19 (1) (g) the constitution.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has acted beyond its legislative competence in banning online poker. It is in combined reading from Section 3A and 11 of the TN Gaming act, 1930, as amended in 2021.
Section 3A effectively prohibits all skills games with the inclusion of non-defined phrases “any other games”. Thus, it is not constitutional because it is unclear.
Even if poker is not a skill game. Firstly, The only parliament has a legislative competency to impose laws with regards to online poker. It is because it is by the way of the media. By all means, They are telephone, wireless, broadcasting, and other forms of communication. In other words, This is the subject which discusses under entries 31 of the list I Schedule VII to the Constitution (Union list)
Provisions that challenges are disproportionate.
Provisions challenges that violate the right to equality on the basis of Article 14 of the Constitution. Especially this is because poker play physically still has permission.
The Supreme Court has firmly argued that bets on skills games would not amount to “playing games” in the case of KR Lakshmanan.
On the basis above, the Federation has urged the court to let down Section 3A and 11 of the TN Gaming act, 1930. Of course, It is amended by the Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police act (Amendment), 2021
The Next case of Online Poker hearing is on April 21.