We believe that it is perfectly legal to play online games offered on PokaBunga.com. The games offered on PokaBunga.com like Rummy and Texas Hold’em are games which involve substantial skill and intelligence. The games which our site offers have explicitly been declared to be legal by Statutes governing gaming laws and by various judgments passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and/or various High Courts in India.
The structure of the games offered on our website, which is our intellectual property, is duly supported by legislations and judicial pronouncements prevailing in India. We, in order to ensure that the structure and the manner in which we are offering games on our website is legal, have got the same approved and verified by some of the top legal attorneys and law firms in India.
While we believe based upon our research that the games we offer are legal, the players are welcome to address any queries they may have by writing to our administrators from the “Contact Us” tab.
IS IT LEGAL TO PLAY RUMMY ON POKABUNGA.COM?
It is perfectly legal to play Rummy offered on PokaBunga.com as the game of Rummy has been specifically declared to be a game of skill by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in 1968 wherein it was observed.
"Rummy, on the other hand, requires a certain amount of skill because the fall of the cards has to be memorized and the building up of Rummy requires substantial skill in holding and discarding cards. We cannot, therefore, say that the game of Rummy is a game of entire chance. It is mainly and preponderantly a game of skill. The chance in Rummy is of the same character as the chance in a deal at a game of bridge."
This observation has subsequently been relied upon by various High Courts of India. The Hon’ble Supreme Court, in 1996, further clarified that games which involve substantial skill cannot tantamount to gambling.
"Competitions where success depends on substantial degree of skill are not "gambling" and; despite there being an element of chance, if a game is predominantly a game of skill it would be, after all, called a game of "mere skill".
We are supported in our view of the game of Rummy being a game of skill and being completely legal by various other judicial pronouncements and legislative mandate. However, in certain states, such as Assam and Orissa etc, The laws related to gambling do not provide a clear picture on this issue. Since each state in India has its own gaming laws, players are thus requested to satisfy themselves personally as well regarding the legalities of playing online games depending upon which state they come from since the website would not be liable in case it is found that players are playing from states where there may be a restriction in this regard.
IS IT LEGAL TO PLAY POKER ON POKABUNGA.COM?
While there is a raging debate all over the world regarding the legalities of Poker, based upon extensive domestic and international research, we believe that it is completely legal to play online poker in India. We are supported in this view by both legislation as well as judgments of the Higher Judiciary.
The manner and mode in which the game of Poker is being offered including the intricate structuring of the website and the intellectual and confidential information possessed by the company, we are confident that we are legal. Of course, players are advised to check their own local laws or confer with us in case of doubt as to whether there are any restrictions qua them playing from the state or jurisdiction they belong to.
ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT LEGALITY?
For any further questions or clarifications, please use the “Contact Us” option available on our website.