Between a game of skill and chance, and central and state laws, poker and fantasy sports operators have uncovered a grey playground
There are over a dozen Indian poker operators
India’s 150-year-old central law called Public Gambling Act of 1867 prohibits gambling
States have their own approach, gambling being a state subject
Only Goa and Sikkim have legalised gambling through licenses
When Ankur Dewani lost almost 80% of his chips, and his best out of five cards were a pair of fives, one of the lowest ranking sequences in poker, he thought the game would be difficult to win. And rightly so, because his opponent had been betting aggressively.
Dewani was at a poker tournament, last year, at a casino in Goa. And the last card, which is called river, had been revealed. Poker, which typically involves two cards given to each player and five community cards that are revealed to all, requires players to come up with…
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