Error message

  • Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in template_preprocess_imageblock_content() (line 349 of /home/agbrief/agb/sites/all/modules/imageblock/imageblock.module).
  • Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in template_preprocess_imageblock_content() (line 349 of /home/agbrief/agb/sites/all/modules/imageblock/imageblock.module).

Gujarat High Court hears from poker pros

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday heard a clutch of special civil petitions pertaining to the legality of poker and whether the game involves a substantial degree of skill, Glaws reports.

Senior Counsel Mihir Thakore, while appearing for some of the petitioner clubs, gave a point by point rebuttal on the various foreign judgments from the government counsel stating that poker is a game of chance.

Thakore argued that the material relied upon by the government would not apply in the Indian context, given the previous precedents and wording of the Gujarat Prevention of Gambling Act.

In a unique and unprecedented move, Thakore also asked the judge to consider the representations made by two experienced poker players.

This was the first time in India’s legal history that experts who are neither lawyers nor party to the case were allowed to intervene in a constitutional case.

The two poker players showed the court two basic videos about the element of skill involved in the game of poker as well as the format and manner of playing the game.

The matter was thereafter adjourned to 1st September, where the two players will be again expected to make some representations on the practical elements of the game of poker and how it involves a great degree of skill.

More news from this jurisdiction

IndiaTuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Delta Corp posted more than a 300 percent increase in net profit for the third quarter of FY18, reaching Rs. 44.7 crore (US$7 million), according to the latest figures.

IndiaMonday, Jan 15, 2018

The Law Commission of India is another step closer to finalizing its recommendations on the legalization of online betting.

IndiaMonday, Jan 15, 2018

India’s central government has turned down demands to reduce the Goods and Services Tax imposed on private lottery distributors.

IndiaSunday, Jan 14, 2018

The Captain of Ports (CoP) has written to the government seeking approval to allot a jetty to casino vessel MV San Domino.

IndiaTuesday, Jan 09, 2018

India-based Nazara Games has acquired a majority stake in a Chennai-based gaming startup - NextWave Multimedia.

IndiaMonday, Jan 08, 2018

Bangladesh authorities have announced they will be keeping a close eye on illegal cricket gambling during the upcoming international series, local media reports.

IndiaThursday, Jan 04, 2018

Pokeryaar.com, operated by Lucknow-based Club Empire Tech Pvt. Ltd., has joined the Microgaming-led India Poker Network.