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Mint newspaper cites glaws in cover story on poker




Leading Indian financial daily Mint has cited the website and the author as an expert on gaming laws in their cover story in Lounge titled ‘Shuffle up and deal’ (March 17th 2012). The story on Mint about the growth of poker as a luxury brand has cited various revelations first written on this website.

The story has for the very first time reported that poker is legal in West Bengal by virtue of the West Bengal Prize Competition and Gambling Act 1957. This aspect was first revealed on this website in a post on 4th October 2011.

The report also discusses the website which is the first website to offer poker games from India and the legal ambiguities associated with the website operations.

Again the article in Mint has explored the skill v. chance debate involved in poker and also discussed in great detail the growth of poker as one of the most-played card games of India.

Note: The full text of this article can be accessed here.

Jay has researched extensively on gaming laws and has been cited by various media houses and journals as an expert. He has helped leading newspapers in their stories on gaming laws. Jay completed his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS, Kolkata in 2015 and is currently based out of Mumbai.



  1. Sreedhar Reddy

    March 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Hi Jay,just want to ask you some cople of questions. isit a legal online website in india??
    2.If it is legal,can any 1 from any part of india can play online internet betting??
    3. How it works out?if it is legal?
    Thank you.

    • Jay Sayta

      March 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Adda52 is a recently started website offering poker and other “skill” games.

      While there has been no conclusive judicial decision terming poker as a game of skill, it is widely believed that the overwhelming statistical and other evidence would result in poker being declared as a game of skill.

      Until there is an explicit bar on the website and game, it is assumed that the games that they are offering may be legal.

  2. Vijay

    March 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Is it legal to bet on sites like bet365 from india ?

    • Jay Sayta

      March 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Gambling websites are actually prohibited in India under various rules of the Information Technology Act. However this aspect is not strictly implemented and the government has never seriously considered blocking the websites. In the absence of such implementation, it is still possible to for Indian citizens to access such betting websites and wager money online.

      • Vijay

        March 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        Hi, thanks for the info . Can you please advice on the best method for remittances?

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