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Updated: May 17, 2024

Poker Legality

Pocket52 adheres to the legal framework established by the Indian legislation, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. 

Is Poker Legal in India?

According to Section 12 of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 (“PGA”), which games of mere skill are excluded from the purview of PGA. . 

The Supreme Court of India and various High Courts have clarified that a game of skill is one in which success primarily depends on the player’s superior knowledge, training, attention, experience, and adroitness. 

Poker, being a game that requires psychological skills, statistical knowledge, and strategic thinking, is considered a game of skill. The determination of the winner in poker is based on probability and skill, rather than mere luck. Even international bodies like the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) recognize poker as a ‘mind sport.’

Legislation and Regulations

The overall jurisprudence governing gambling, including the legality of skill-based games in India, can be derived from the PGA. The PGA was based on the Gaming Act 1845 and the Betting Act 1853 of the United Kingdom. Upon enactment of the Constitution of India, the PGA could be applicable to a State only if such State specifically adopted the PGA.

Some states in India have adopted PGA with amendments and have restricted or prohibited all forms of gambling activities while making no exceptions for games of skills. Accordingly, residents of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam, Odisha, Nagaland, and Telangana are prohibited from playing on Pockte52. 

Restrictions on Residents:


At Pocket52, we are committed to providing a legal, safe, and responsible gaming environment for our players. We operate in accordance with the applicable laws , ensuring that our platform complies with all applicable regulations. While we strive to offer our services to players across the country, we respect and adhere to state-specific regulations that govern gaming activities. Join Pocket52 today and experience the excitement of poker in a trusted and legally compliant environment.


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