The interest in poker has risen in tandem with mushrooming online poker platforms. Over the past few months, nearly 50 lakh players have signed up for ‘real money’ poker games across a dozen online platforms in India.
With the Internet and augmented reality in social networks on the rise, we are most likely to deal almost everything online and the game of poker is no exception. Poker, like entrepreneurship, is a game of skill. Keep an eye on the competition and develop a winning strategy. Similarly, entrepreneurship is a high stakes game where you’re battling against the odds. In the last couple of years, Poker has seen increased acceptance and popularity in the US, the UK, China and other European nations and now the card game online has also begun to gain immense traction in India. The ever-growing number of online poker players is a testament to the incredible popularity this sport has gained over the years. People in India have begun to recognise poker as a game of skill rather than gambling. This is one of the major reasons why a large number of players are opting for poker in comparison to other available options.
While you stay indoors with the extension of the lockdown, hone your poker skills and play The Bridge Freeroll Poker Tournament.
How to play?
All you need to do is go on pokerbaazi.com and sign up. Enter your detail and use promo code BRIDGE to ensure yourself a free ticket for the tournament. After signing in, a sperson will get free chips worth Rs 1,000. Fill the Google Form shared with you with your details. If you already have an existing account with Pokerbaazi – please fill the same Google Form. Download the Pokerbaazi app on your smartphone or tablet. Go to “Tournaments” tab to register and play ‘Bridge Special Tourney’ on 23 May 2020 at 4 PM.
Is Poker Legal?
Poker is 100% Legal. The Section 12 of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 provides that games of mere skill are exempt from the application of the Act. The Supreme Court of India and various High Courts in India have opined that a game of mere skill is a game “in which, although the element of chance necessarily cannot be entirely eliminated, success depends principally upon the superior knowledge, training, attention, experience and adroitness of the player. A game of skill is one in which the element of skill predominates over the element of chance.” No penalty can be imposed upon a person for playing such games of skill.
Poker is a game of skill since it requires the player to possess psychological skills, knowledge of statistics & probability and strategizing skill. Bets are placed based on calculated odds and predictable outcomes. The winner is determined by probability and preponderance and not just luck. Even the International of Mind Sports Association (IMSA) recognises poker as a ‘mind sport’.
It may be noted that States are permitted, by the Indian Constitution, to enact laws regulating betting and gambling in their respective jurisdictions. In furtherance of these powers, various States have enacted anti- gambling legislations. Such legislations are largely in concert with the Public Gambling Act of 1867 (and include the exception of “games of skill”). Where a State legislation on gambling exists, it prevails over the Public Gambling Act of 1867. In this regard, the Assam Game and Betting Act, 1970 and Orissa (Prevention of) Gambling Act, 1955 and Telangana State Gaming (Amendment) Ordinance and High Court Judgment in Gujarat, 2017 prohibits games with money stakes and also does not create an exception for games of skill. Therefore, currently, residents of Assam, Odisha, Telangana and Gujarat are not permitted to play on our site.