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Play Rummy Online – Cash and Free Sites, How to Play, and Legality

Indian Rummy was derived from games like 500 Rum or Gin Rummy that originated in the United States. It is a card melding game in which 13 cards are melded into Sets and Sequences of 3 to 4 cards to make a winning hand. These days, you can play rummy online on various paid and free rummy sites in India.

For two players, the game is played with a deck of 52 cards plus a joker, while for 6 players, it’s played with two decks of 52 cards each plus two joker cards.

In this article, we will cover various aspects of Indian Rummy.

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1. Play Rummy Online
1.a. Play Rummy Online – Free
1.b. Play Rummy Online – Real Money
1.c. Online Rummy Sites and Mobile Apps
2. How to Play Rummy?
2.a Rummy Glossary/Terms
2.b. Rummy Rules
3. Is Rummy Legal in India?
3.a. A Note on Rummy Ban in Kerala
3.b. How to Play Rummy in Telangana
4.  Conclusion

1. Play Rummy Online

Rummy enthusiasts can now play rummy online from anywhere, anytime using computers or smartphones.

Online rummy has gained prominence in India due to various contributing factors like widespread adoption of smartphones, cheap data, and development of a number of online games across the country and the world.

Rummy online can be accessed through web browsers, desktop apps, and mobile apps. There are various online rummy games like Points Rummy, Deals Rummy, Raise Rummy, Pool games, 24×7 Rummy and Tournaments available for users.

The following two sections explore the options to play online rummy for free or cash.

1.a. Play Rummy Online – Free

To play rummy online, free websites are available from both Indian and offshore game providers.

Play n Go websites allow you to play rummy online for free without registration. 

These online rummy free sites help you hone your game skills for offline rummy or online rummy cash games.

You can also explore various free online rummy tournaments available online that allow you to play and win cash without spending any money.

To play free rummy online, you can explore websites and apps like Mobile Premier League Adda52Rummy, KhelPlayRummy, and Classic Rummy.

1.b. Play Rummy Online – Real Money

To play rummy online, real money can be used with Indian and offshore game operators offering services to players in India.

When you play rummy and win cash on such websites, they offer secure and safe withdrawal options.

Online rummy for money in India can be played on various websites with lucrative deposit bonuses and tournaments.

Play rummy online for money through operators like RummyCircle, Adda52 Rummy, and Ace 2 Three.

Various real cash rummy tournaments are conducted round the clock with 24×7 rummy games in a knock-out style, and they are played for real cash and prizes in INR. For this, you can just deposit cash to your Rummy account on a website offering such tournaments.

Playing rummy for cash is legal in India. In a few sections below, you will read more about the legality of rummy in various states.

You can check the rummy websites listed below to find cash rummy games that offer interesting opportunities to play online rummy for money.

1.c. Online Rummy Sites and Apps

Good online rummy sites are defined by ease-of-use, useful bonuses, safe deposits & withdrawals and good customer service.

You should explore all websites to choose the best rummy sites to play with. Good quality games and high player satisfaction make the best rummy sites in India.

With the number of smartphone users expected to rise to 859 million by 2022, gaming companies are also likely to upgrade their offering. The revenue in the mobile gaming segment in India is about US$1,015m in 2019. The number of mobile game users is expected to be around 176.6m in 2023.

These stats show the potential for iGames like rummy to grow exponentially in the near future.

Here are some of the rummy websites in India that allow you to play rummy for cash:

a. Rummycircle.com

Rummy Circle is one of the most popular rummy sites in India. Its website states that they have over 10 million users. 

Games: RummyCircle hosts Points rummy, Deals rummy, Raise Rummy, 24×7 rummy games, Tournaments and Free tutorials.. 

Promotions: They offer a sign up bonus of Rs. 2000 and various other bonuses.

Devices: They have a web-based platform. Rummy Circle APK app download allows convenience of use. RummyCircle also has an iOS app.

Deposits and Withdrawals: Online Rummy Circle has payment partners like BillDesk, PayTm, MobiKwik, CCAvenue, and Tech Process Solutions.

b. Ace2Three.com

Ace3Three caters to over 12 million players, as per their website.

Games: Ace2Three offers Points rummy, Pool games, Multi table tournaments (Its tournaments have attracted up tp 42500 players in the past.)

Promotions: It offers a sign up bonus of Rs. 2145 + 255 Cash*

Devices: They have a web-based platform and iOS and APK apps for Android, iPhones and tablets.

Deposits and Withdrawals: It has payment options like Visa, Mastercard, BillDesk, Tech Process Solutions, Rupay, Citrus, and DirecPay.

c. Adda52rummy.com

Adda52 Rummy is a simple platform. They have announced various pool games on their website.

Games: Pool games and tournaments

Promotions: Large prize pool games, Daily & weekly leaderboard prizes, and Happy hour bonuses

Devices: Web-based gaming platform and Android and iOS apps

Deposits and Withdrawals: Credit cards, debit cards, Net Banking, mobile banking, Pay by Cash, and Scratch Cards 

d. KhelPlay Rummy

KhelPlay Rummy is also one of the most popular online rummy sites in India. It offers various games and bonuses and is accessible through various kinds of devices.

Games: Pool games, Points Games, Deals Rummy, and Tournaments

Promotions: Khel Play Rummy offers a welcome bonus of up to Rs. 1500, referral bonus, and tournament bonuses

Devices: Web-based gaming platform, desktop app, and KhelPlay rummy apps for Android, Windows and iOS 

Deposits and Withdrawals: Credit cards, debit cards, Net Banking, mobile banking, Pay by Cash, and Scratch Cards 

e. Junglee Rummy

Junglee Rummy’s website says that they have over 5 million users.

Games: Junglee Rummy online cash games include Pool games, Points Games, Deals games, 10-card rummy, 13-card rummy, 21-card rummy, Live practice games, and Tournaments.

Promotions: Welcome bonus of Rs 11,000 and referral bonuses.

Devices: Web-based gaming platform and Rummy game download on iOS and Android devices.

Deposits and Withdrawals: Visa, MaterCard, Maestro, PayTm, Freecharde, BHIM, MobiKwik, Tech Process Payment Services, Citrus and PayU

2. How to play rummy?

Learning how to play rummy is very straightforward. 

Indian Rummy is played with two decks of cards and two joker cards. Let’s start learning the game with a few terms used in the game.

2.a. Rummy Glossary/Terms

To play rummy games, you need to know the meaning of a few terms:

Joker or Paper joker: This is a card whose value and suit can be assumed by the players to make a Life/Sequence or Set.

Life/Run/Sequence: Life or Run means having a straight sequence of least 3 cards from the same suit. A Pure life is a straight sequence from a suit, made without the use of a joker.

Set: A set includes 3 or four cards with the same value and different suits. You can use a joker to make a set of up to 4 cards only.

Show: A player can show their cards once they have have at least 2 Lives, one of which has to be a Pure Life. Besides the 2 lives, the show can look like below with four groups of cards:

Group 1 (1 Pure Life) | Group 2 (1 Life; with or without joker) | Group 3 (1 Set/Life) | Group 4 (1 Set/Life)

2.b. Rummy Rules

Objective of the game is that each player has to arrange their 13 cards in four groups of 3, 3, 3, and 4 cards. At least two of these groups have to be Lives, and at least one Life has to be Pure (without a joker).

When a player arranges their cards in the required groups, it’s called Melding. A Meld is a Set or Life/Run.

After 13 cards are dealt to each player, two stacks of cards are available for the players to draw from—one open stack and one closed stack.

When a player draws a card from the top of any stack, they have to discard a card from their hand. The discarded cards from the players make the open stack of cards mentioned above.

Each player draws and discards cards when their turn comes. They can also choose to drop a Round of game on their turn, before drawing their first card.

If the closed stack of cards is finished, then all the discarded and dropped cards are reshuffled to make a fresh closed stack.

A round of a ‘13 cards’ rummy game starts with the dealing of cards and ends with one player making a Show or the prize being Split.

Note: You can use Ace as a 1 or a face card in the game of rummy.

These rules apply to both rummy cash games and free rummy games.

3. Is rummy legal in india?

If you are wondering ‘Is rummy legal in India?’, then the answer to the question is, Yes!

As per a 1967 Supreme Court judgment on rummy for State of Andhra Pradesh v. K. Satyanarayana, playing rummy involves a preponderant element of skill, and it is not entirely a game of chance. 

Playing rummy for small stakes is legal in India, as per a ruling passed by the Delhi High Court in December 2017. The order also recorded that an offence under the Gaming Act can be made out if a club hosting the game is making a profit or gain from the game of rummy.

However, the order leaves open the possibility for clubs and online website operators for making profits or gains from the fee they charge to organize the games of rummy that come under illegal gambling.

Playing rummy for real money is however illegal in the states of Assam, Odisha and Telangana.

3.a. A Note on Rummy Ban in Kerala

As per an order passed on Kerala Rummy by a division bench of the Kerala High Court in October 2019, a case by case decision is needed to check violation of the Gaming Act for rummy played for stakes.

The bench noted that rummy is exempted from the ambit of gambling as per a 1976 notification under Section 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960. This is subject to a condition that side-betting is not allowed on rummy games.

The order was passed on a few petitions filed by online rummy operators like RummyCircle.com, Ace2Three and Junglee Rummy to challenge the court’s January 2019 order holding rummy for stakes as an offence of gambling.

3.b. How to Play Rummy in Telangana

As per Telangana Gaming (Amendment) Bill, 2017, wagering or betting on games of skills like Rummy, including when such games are played online, is a punishable offence. 

This make rummy in Telangana illegal. Even Online rummy in Telangana falls under the ambit of the said amendment.

4. Conclusion

Indian Rummy, a popular game in the country, is offered by many online operators. With the ease of play offered through online games, many players are attracted to such platforms to play games for free or cash.

There are popular rummy game providers like RummyCircle, Ace2Three, KhelPlay Rummy and Junglee Rummy. They offer web and mobile-based platforms to play anywhere, anytime.

One can play game of rummy for cash as per a 1967 Supreme Court judgment. However, there are some restrictions and conditions attached to the stakes involved. Players from Telangana cannot legally play rummy online or offline, as per the state’s Gaming Act.

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India Game Developers Conference to be held in Hyderabad on 22-23 November

The 11th edition of the India Game Developers Conference (IGDC), supported by the Government of Telangana and tech industry body NASSCOM is scheduled to be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Telangana on 22nd and 23rd November, 2019.

The flagship event is expected to showcase the latest developments in the game industry of the Indian subcontinent and debate new trends.

The two-day event, beginning on November 22, will also discuss the inventiveness in the functions and contents in the digital entertainment industry in India.

The organisers stated the IGDC continued to attract big attention from global gaming studios, developers and gaming enterprises.

IGDC will host more than 3,000 industry professionals and 200 industry expert speakers, major tracks and will feature 10 major events, 200 expo stalls, 25 publishers and 25 investors. It will also host an exhibit for games companies across India, including their popular IGDC Awards ceremony in seven categories.

“The industry is maturing and we believe IGDC continues to be the must-attend conference to catch the latest trends, market intelligence, success stories, upskill with great talks and workshops, meet investors and of course everyone in the Indian gaming ecosystem will be there, presenting excellent networking opportunities,” said Rajesh Rao, Chairperson, India Game Developer Conference and Founder and former CEO of Dhruva Interactive.

The congregation will build, consolidate and further game advancements, smart entertainment software and hardware animation, comic, internet e-Sports, new-age entertainment and other digital entertainment in India, and establish itself as a trend indicator for the gaming ecosystem and digital entertainment industry in India.

Among the big takeaways for the participants this year will be Android, Augmented Reality, iOS, PC, Steam, Virtual Reality, and Windows gaming and development and new trends.

According to a KPMG report, esports and gaming are expected to add revenues of over $1 billion by 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 per cent.

Locally developed games picked up big numbers of daily active users. Designing and exporting games too hold a great promise with an estimated annual global market of $1.7 billion within a few years, the organisers said in a press release.

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Gaming Legal & Regulatory

Andhra Pradesh MLA calls for banning online rummy

After Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s assertion last month about banning online rummy in Andhra Pradesh, an MLA belonging to the ruling YSR Congress Party raised the issue of online rummy and its perils in the ongoing session of the legislative assembly of the state.

Malladi Vishnu, a YSR Congress Party MLA while speaking in the house mentioned that many families are being disturbed due to online rummy and that he was receiving requests from various people to bring a strict law against online gambling and rummy.

He further urged the government to seriously consider strict action against online rummy websites.

The speaker presiding over the legislative assembly called upon the concerned minister to reply to Vishnu’s suggestion. Since the minister concerned, i.e. the Home Minister was not present in the House, the Deputy Chief Minister responded saying he had noted down the request made by Vishnu.

Last month, it was reported that the state’s Minister for Tourism, Culture and Youth Advancement, Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao alias Avanthi Srinivas had raised the issue of online rummy and gaming spoiling the lives of many educated as well as unemployed youth and demanded a ban on online rummy, at a conference of District Collectors and Superintendents of Police in the presence of Chief Minister Reddy.

On being told by the state’s Director General of Police (DGP) that, at present, Andhra Pradesh does not have any specific legislation against online rummy, Reddy reportedly stated that the state government will soon introduce a new law to ban online rummy.

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Andhra may follow Telangana in banning online rummy

The Andhra Pradesh government may bring a new legislation to ban online rummy and gaming in the forthcoming session of the legislative assembly, as per reports in the local press last week.

According to the reports, State Minister for Tourism, Culture and Youth Advancement, Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao alias Avanthi Srinivas raised the issue of online rummy and gaming spoiling the lives of many educated as well as unemployed youth and demanded a ban on online rummy, at a conference of District Collectors and Superintendents of Police in the presence of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

As per local press reports, after Srinivas raised the issue, the Chief Minister immediately asked Director General of Police (DGP) Gautam Sawang for an explanation. It is learnt, that Sawang stated that online rummy websites cannot be blocked due to absence of proper laws governing it.

Reddy is immediately said to have reacted to the assertion by stating that the state government will introduce a new legislation to ban online rummy in the legislative assembly of the state. The newly elected Chief Minister also instructed the police heads of every district to strictly stop all illegal activities, including card rooms and rummy clubs operating in the state.

In 2017, Telangana had become the first state in the country to pass a law to ban all kinds of online games played for real money or stakes, including games of skill such as rummy.

Several online rummy companies had immediately challenged the state government’s ordinance (and subsequent Amendment Act) in the High Court. However, the hearings in the court have not seen much progress in the last two years and the rummy companies have failed to get any substantive relief so far.

Last year, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu had also spoken about the focus, coordination of mind and skill involved in card games while warning about the harmful effects of such games, including the possibility of addiction.

It remains to be seen whether Chief Minister Reddy actually introduces a new legislation to ban online rummy in the winter session of the legislative assembly and whether such a legislation, like Telangana, would include a ban on all games of skill played for stakes.

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Gaming Poker

Senior Telangana leader answers ‘complicated’ question on whether poker is a game of skill

Working President of the ruling Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) KT Rama Rao answered a Twitter users question on whether he feels the game of poker involves skill or not.

While fielding questions from citizens on Twitter, a user named Arvind asked the senior Telangana politician and son of current Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to address complicated issues too and give clarity on whether poker is a game of skill or not, although the game is not expressly banned.

Replying to the query, Rao tersely stated ‘Not a big fan of poker sir.’

 

In a similar interactive session in July 2017, replying to a user on the Telangana government’s decision to ban online skill games which is played by an individual out of his/her free choice, Rao had justified the move to ban all gaming for stakes stating that ‘There’s a huge difference between gambling & gambling. Online/offline gambling involves crores of rupees is against the law in Telangana.’

It may be noted that the Telangana government under the leadership of KTR’s father had taken the unprecedented step of banning all online skill games involving stakes (and deleting an exemption stating that games of skill do not fall under the ambit of gambling) through an ordinance in June 2017 and later through an amendment to the ordinance.

In November 2017, the Telangana legislature passed the Telangana Gaming (Amendment) Bill replacing the ordinance with a Bill that was approved by the governor.  The assembly had also amended the Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act to include gaming activities under the draconian law, which enables the government to taken into preventive custody those committing gaming-related offences.

Online rummy companies have challenged the decision of the Telangana government to ban online skill games in the High Court. However, their plea is pending in the court since the June 2017 and has not reached the final hearing stage due to frequent changes in the composition of the bench.

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Gaming Legal & Regulatory

TRS MP raises question on fantasy sports legality; central govt says states can decide

Exclusive The central government did not give a clear answer on the legality of fantasy sports and proposal to regulate it, in response to an unstarred question raised in the Lok Sabha by Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) MP AP Jithender Reddy.

Reddy, in an unstarred question dated 8th February, 2019 sought to know whether the central government proposes to regulate fantasy sports; the number of cases pending in consumer courts relating to fantasy sports and whether fantasy sports is a ‘game of skill’ or gambling/betting as per Supreme Court’s decision.

Reddy also sought to know whether the activity falls within the ambit of ‘gambling and betting’ under the state list (List II of the Seventh Schedule) of the Indian constitution and also if the central government intends to enact laws to govern financial transactions relating to the fantasy sports industry.

Union Minister of State for Finance, Pon Radhakrishnan, while replying to the queries stated that betting and gambling comes under Entry 34 of List II of the Seventh Schedule of the Indian constitution and that the state governments are competent to enact laws on the issue.

The central government did not provide specific data on the cases pending in consumer courts relating to fantasy gaming. The finance ministry also did not state whether it intends to bring any law to regulate financial transactions relating to fantasy sports or gaming.

Interestingly, the Telangana state government headed by Reddy’s party, the TRS, had passed an ordinance (later converted into an Act) in 2017, amending the Telangana Gaming Act, 1974. The amendment effectively bans all kinds of games of skill, whether played online or offline within the state of Telangana. Writ petitions challenging this law have been filed by online rummy companies and are pending further hearing in the Telangana High Court.

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President approves new Telangana law to include online rummy within the ambit of dangerous activities

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has approved a new law passed by the Telangana legislature that inter alia includes offences under the Telangana Gaming Act, 1974 (which after an amendment in 2017, now includes wagering or betting on games of skill like rummy, including when such games are played online) under the ambit of dangerous activities like dacoity, drug peddling and kidnapping.

It has been reported that President Kovind has given his assent to the Telangana Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Dacoits, Drug-Offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Land-Grabbers (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (‘Prevention of Dangerous Activities Amendment Bill’).

The assent to the amendment bill, which was passed by both the houses of the Telangana legislature in 2017, was reserved by the Governor and the Bill was sent to the union government for its consideration, since the matter involved certain subjects that fall in the concurrent list. After examination by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, which sought certain clarifications from the Telangana governments, the amendments have been approved by the President of India and the new Bill is now in force.

The amendment bill will now have draconian provisions to detain any person who has committed an offence under the Gaming Act, if it is required for maintenance of public order for a period of up to twelve months without bail or trial.

In 2017, the Telangana government had passed two ordinances outlawing online rummy and other skill games played for stakes. The ordinances were later converted into an Amendment Bill that was approved by the legislature and assented to by Governor ESL Narasimhan.

In June 2017, online rummy companies Ace2Three, Junglee Rummy, RummyCircle and Classic Rummy had challenged this decision of the government in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court. The matter, which has been pending for the past year and a half, was heard at considerable length over the past few weeks.

The court has not given substantial relief to the rummy companies so far, except for allowing the companies based in Hyderabad to continue their operations for players residing outside the state of Telangana.

A division bench of the court comprising of Chief Justice TB Radhakrishnan and Justice V Ramasubramanian last heard the matter on 3rd October and adjourned it for further hearing on 10th October.

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Petitions challenging Telangana Gaming Act gather steam; HC to continue hearing on 18th September

The writ petitions filed by online rummy companies challenging the Telangana Gaming (Amendment) Act, 2017 has gathered steam with the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court hearing the matter on both 11th and 12th September.

The petitions, filed by Head Infotech (India) Pvt. Ltd. (Ace2Three); Play Games 24×7 Pvt. Ltd. (RummyCircle); Junglee Games India Pvt. Ltd. (Junglee Rummy) and Innopark India Pvt. Ltd. (Classic Rummy). The petitions have challenging amendments to the Gaming Act (through two ordinances and later a legislative Bill) that removed the exemption of games of skill from the definition of gambling and inclusion of an explanation in the definition of gaming to include risking of money on any uncertain event, including on games of skill.

Senior counsel CV Mohan Reddy, appearing for the rummy companies cited various apex court judgments that stated rummy was a game of skill and claimed that the shutting down of the online rummy businesses was a violation of the fundamental right to free trade and commerce guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g) of the constitution. He therefore prayed that the Telangana Gaming (Amendment) Act be struck down by the court.

Senior advocate Harin Raval, appearing for the government of Telangana, argued out that online was only one of the modes in which the game of rummy was played and it did not change the nature of the game. He said that rummy, whether played physically in a room or virtually online, is a game of chance and not a game of skill.

The division bench of the High Court comprising of Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice V Ramasubramanian after hearing the matter for a considerable amount of time on Tuesday and Wednesday, adjourned the matter to 18th September, 2018, when further arguments are likely to be heard.

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HC yet to decide on plea by rummy companies against Telangana ban, hearing to continue on 21st August

Almost fifteen months after the Telangana government passed an ordinance banning online skill games for stakes, the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court is yet to decide on the admissibility of writ petitions filed by various online companies and will continue hearing the matter on 21st August.

In June 2017, almost immediately after the Telangana government issued an ordinance banning gaming in cyberspace and deeming online rummy to be a game of chance, online rummy companies such as Head Infotech Pvt. Ltd. (Ace2Three), Play Games 24×7 Pvt. Ltd. (RummyCircle) and Junglee Games India Pvt. Ltd. (Junglee Rummy) filed writ petitions before the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court challenging the ordinance on the grounds that the ordinance goes against a 1967 Supreme Court judgment that held rummy to be a game of skill and infringes upon the rummy companies’ right to free trade and commerce guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g) of the constitution.

When the Telangana government took the unprecedented step of issuing a second amendment ordinance and later got an amendment Act passed in the state legislature, the rummy companies amended their petitions and prayers accordingly.

However, even after getting the matter listed on more than dozen occasions, rummy companies have not been able to substantially proceed with the hearings and seek final determination of the matter.

Hyderabad-based rummy companies have  thus far only managed to get limited relief from the court, which has allowed them to accept players from states other than Telangana to play on their portals. The interim relief has been periodically extended by the courts through one line orders and the latest order on 30th July, 2018 extends this relief by one month.

After several failed attempts to secure hearing, the rummy companies’ writ petitions finally came up for hearing again before a new division bench (due to appointment of a new Chief Justice) comprising of new Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice V Ramasubramanian on 9th August.

The companies’ senior advocate, CV Mohan Reddy, pointed out the various Supreme Court judgements where rummy was held to be a game of skill and not just a game of chance. He noted that as per the Supreme Court, online rummy should be considered a game of skill and allowed to be played for stakes.

Opposing  this argument, senior counsel Harin Raval appearing for the Telangana government stated that the state has taken a policy decision to ban online rummy and said that the court cannot interfere in policy decisions of the state, taken in public interest. He added that the decision has been taken to safeguard people, especially the youth from addiction.

The High Court has decided to list the matter for further hearing on 21st August, 2018.

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Gaming

Andhra CM talks about skill involved in card games, also mentions harmful effects

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in an interview to a media outlet on 27th February, dropped clear hints that regulation or ban on card games like rummy and poker might be on the pipeline.

Naidu, who was speaking to media house Andhra Jyothy on the completion of 40 years in politics, curiously made two major references to card games in his interview.

Naidu, during the course of his interview stated that he used to play card games in his childhood and win money. He noted that card games requires focus and coordination of mind.

In the same interview however, Naidu also mentioned that card games could also turn out to be an addiction and that every person has some kind of addiction. He noted that for him traveling and attending conferences or seminars is an addiction but for some playing card games is.

The points made by Naidu could possibly be construed as broad hints that some kind of strict regulations or ban on skill games (and particularly online rummy) could be on the horizon in the state, especially since neighbouring Telangana (which was part of the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh until it was granted separate statehood in 2014) passed two ordinances in June 2017 that banned all kinds of skill games, including online games played for stakes or wagers.

The two ordinances were later replaced by the Telangana Gaming (Amendment) Act that was passed by both the houses of the Telangana legislature in November last year.

It remains to be seen whether Naidu’s specific statements on card games would translate into a legislative or policy decision of the state government. However, the Chief Minister’s comments clearly indicate that the government is seized of the matter and is mulling some regulatory measures.