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Lifting of TN Ban on Online Rummy, Poker: SC Issues Notice in SLPs

The Supreme Court has issued notice in the special leave petitions[1] filed by the State Government challenging the November 2023 verdict[2] of the Madras High Court whereby it was held that online games of skill, including rummy and poker, were not online games of chance.

In its decision, the Madras High Court declared that the online games of rummy and poker weren’t prohibited under the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Act, 2022. Through the said order, the Schedule to the 2022 Act, which brought rummy and poker within the purview of an “online game of chance”, was also set aside.

These petitions have been listed along with the civil appeals filed by the State Government against the order dated August 3, 2021, passed by the Madras High Court.[3] The Court, in this case, struck down Part II of the Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Act, 2021, which imposed a ban on wagering or betting in cyberspace to prevent incidents of suicide. Part II of the Amendment Act, notified in February 2021, amended the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930.

[1] State of Tamil Nadu & Ors. v. All India Gaming Federation & Ors. [SLP(C) Nos.1588 – 1592/2024]

[2] All India Gaming Federation vs. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors. (WP No.13203 of 2023) and 4 other cases

[3] Junglee Games India Private Limited and Anr. v. State of Tamil Nadu and Ors. (WP No.18022 of 2020) and other cases