“It is manifest that a game of skill would not be held to be gambling” The Indian Poker Association (IPA) has complained to the High Court in Karnataka, India about police harassment of poker players.
The complaints followed police raids on poker clubs in and around the state capital Bangalore. On July 27, the Royal Flush Sports and Cultural Association in Chamrajpet was targeted and 30 members were charged with indulging in criminal activities under the Karnataka Police Act.
On July 29, the Pulikeshinagar police raided the Hi-5 club in Indiranagar. HI-5 is a member of the IPA. Charges were made against club members caught playing poker and the staff who facilitated the games.
The High Court ruling on the charges was in favor of poker players, and confirmed that poker is a game of skill.
“In respect of the game of poker, if played as a game of skill, licence is not contemplated. The petitioner was entitled to conduct such games, provided, the same is in accordance with law,” it was ruled.