An increase in the rate of gambling activities in India has prompted the Indian police to shut down 500 card rooms in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Commissioner Alok Kumar said that they although no illegal games were being played in the premises, criminal activities were on the rise. Thus maintaining the law and order in the state was necessary and in order to thwart the illicit activities that have become synonymous with the game, they had to take the steps.
The Bangalore Mirror media outlet first reported on the police action, indicating that it had begun at the beginning of October. Moreover, it has been learnt that more than 10,000 people could not be out of jobs. The move was an attempt by police for bringing a halt to the illegal activities within Bangalore.
The High court made playing poker legal and thus the people of the state began playing the game. Critics of poker suggest that the game has become a way of facilitating illegal activities.
Many club owners have questioned the decision of shutting down a few card rooms and not targetting all. He said, “We only conduct Rummy games and no Teen Patti or Andar-Bahar games are permitted in the clubs. Rummy games are played by many members at the big clubs like Bowring Institute and Bangalore club too. Why did they target only our clubs?”
To this, the police replied, “The big recreational clubs have the sports and leisure facilities including swimming pools and they all are following the rules and regulations and that is the only reason we are not taken any action against them.”
The legalities of poker in India have led to a divide in ideologies and perspectives. Some states consider poker as a game of skill, while as others still see it as a game of chance.