According to the gambling law followed in Gujarat, it states that all types of gambling and betting games are considered to be a game of luck and not a game of skill. It even says that if anyone found related to gambling would also be jailed.
This is what does The Gujarat Prevention Of Gambling Act, 1887 states (An excerpt from it): In this Act, it is said that “gaming” which includes all sorts of wagering or betting other than wagering or betting upon a horse-race, or dog race, is illegal in the state. However, wagering or betting upon a horse race or dog race can only be done when such wagering or betting takes place:
- On the exact day on which such competition is to run,
- The wagering can only be done from an enclosure which the licensee of the race-course, on which such race is to be run, has set apart for the purpose under the terms of the licence issued under section 4 of the Bombay Race-Courses Licensing Act, 1912(Bom. III of 1912), and
- And it thee bet has to be done between any individual in person, being present in the enclosure or approved place on the one hand, and such licensee or other person licensed by such licensee in terms of the aforesaid licence on the other hand or between any number of individuals in person in such manner and by such contrivance as may be permitted by such permission; but the same rules won’t apply to a lottery.
Keeping in mind the Gujarat High Court, recently, dismissed a Petition demanding the state government that the games of Poker and Rummy are to be permitted at a city club. The Court heard Petitions reportedly contending that since Poker is a game of skill and not of chance, it does not amount to gambling. One of the Petitioners, Samir Patel had, therefore, sought a direction to the police authorities and the Department of Sports and Culture to issue a ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) or a license enabling him to run a Poker room in his club. Justice J.B. Pardiwala, however, dismissed the Petition at the admission stage, with the order noting, “No case worth the name is made out”.