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Rummy Legality:


What is a “Game of skill”?

A game of skill is a game where the outcome is determined by analytical or mental skills, rather than chance. According to the Hon. Supreme Court of India, 

“success depends principally upon the superior knowledge, training, attention, experience, and adroitness of the player. It is also noted by the Supreme Court that a Game of Skill will have a predominance of Skill Factor.”

The Public Gaming Act (PGA), 1867 stresses that the act of “gambling” in a public forum is not permitted by law. However, PGA does make an exemption for a game of skill, stating that the provisions of the PGA shall not be applied to any “game of mere skill” wherever played.


Is playing Online Rummy Legal in India?

Yes, playing rummy online is legal in India. As mentioned above, Rummy is a game involving mathematical and analytical skills. It requires the ability to predict the probability of cards and their possible outcomes. A game where the possibility of a win is determined by skills, both logical and analytical, and not by chance is exempted from the Public Gaming Act (PGA) of 1867.