legal provision on gambling

private practice

 whether playing cards with your friends at your with money stakes is an offence 

specially in diwali days

please advice with  reference to statutory position in india

 

 
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The issue as to whether the game of rummy was only a game of chance or it involves an element of skill was considered by the Supreme Court in State of A.P. v. K.Satyanarayana [AIR 1968 SC 825] and it was observed thus:-




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The game of Rummy is not a game entirely of chance like the 'three-card' game mentioned in the Madras case to which we were referred. The 'three card' game which goes under different names such as 'flush', 'brag' etc. is a game of pure chance. Rummy on the other hand, requires certain amount of skill because the fall of the cards has to be memorised and the building up of Rummy requires considerable 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. In fact in all games in which cards are shuffled and dealt out there is an element of chance because the distribution of the cards is not according to any set pattern but is dependent upon how the cards find their place in the shuffled pack. From this alone it cannot be said that Rummy is a game of chance and there is no skill involved in it. "
 
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