“Horse racing was brought in by the British and has been legal ever since, but poker, which can easily be proven as a game of skill with mathematical equations, is still not legalised,” laments professional poker player Raghav Bansal.
His woes aren’t unfounded, but India is, indeed, slowly opening up to the card game often associated with gambling. Calcutta High Court, in October 2019, even reiterated its earlier stance that poker is a game of skill. That it’s not plain ol’ gambling.
But the real validation for the game in India could be coming from beyond the walls of courthouses.