Facts About the Current Legal Status of Online Poker In India

Current Legal Status of Online Poker in different status in India


Many real money poker sites in India are cropping up now and then. Online poker is no longer a taboo in Indian society. The existence of live pokers and casinos is questionable. However, online poker has made its place smoothly into the confinement of the lazy afternoons of the Indian teenagers. 

As per the Indian institution, the official license is available for online poker sites. This makes online poker very much legal in India. Still, the fact whether you should be playing poker online in any state of India or not, is doubtful.  

If not in the whole country, but you can be lucky enough to play poker if you’re an inhabitant of these Indian states.  Madras High court has made an appeal to the government to legalize online poker. Cheer up! Because Tamil Nadu is another state which is on the verge of becoming a poker state. 

Till then, check out the regulations of Indian states and keep on making some real money poker india. 


Poker tournaments  are a strict NO in this state and are dictated by the regulations of the Betting act 1970. The government here still considers poker and other card games as a game of luck and not a game of skills. Hence, if you’re living in Assam, it’s better not to indulge in the same. 


As per the Goa, Daman, and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976, live poker, casinos, and online poker are legal. While holidaying in Goa, you’ll come across loads of open bars and casinos at every corner. So, if you’re looking for some thrill, fun, and easy money, Goa is the place for you. 


Playing poker in Karnataka is controversial. As per the verdict of the Indian Poker Association (IPA) vs. State of Karnataka case, since the poker players claim it to be a game of skill, hence the same should be played for recreational purposes and not for earning money. Hence, in short, you can play online poker here but only for the sake of playing the game and not for any other purpose. 


If you’re in Nagaland, then congratulations, you have got the license of playing poker games online. No strict rules – this state has gladly accepted poker as a game of skill. Legal permissions to all online operators to carry on with the fun, thrill, and excitement! 

Tamil Nadu 

Till date, like other states, poker was considered to be illegal in Tamil Nadu as well. But a recent case of online rummy has probed the Madras High court to appeal to the government to put forward certain regulations for online poker games. Since Indian card games are old ones, the government is thinking of legalizing the same.  

West Bengal 

For online poker or any other online gaming operators, this state has provided clear cut judicial norms for the same. Under the regulations of the West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competitions Act, 1957, section 2 (1) (b) games like poker, rummy, bridge, and nap are completely excluded from gambling. You can easily indulge in the same without any interference from the authorities

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