Association petitions HC to recognize poker as game of skill

The Indian Poker Association has moved for the Gujarat High Court to declare poker a ‘game of skill’ after the city’s police stopped the game from being played at a YMCA club last week, local media reports.

The association requested that the high court declare poker a ‘game of skill’ and that like other card games like rummy, bridge and nap, it can not be called gambling.

“Since poker is not gambling, it is not under the ambit of the Gujarat Prevention of Gambling Act, 1987. The expression ‘Poker’ does not form part of ‘gaming or gambling’,” the associated stated in its petition.

Justice Sonia Gokani is likely to take up this issue for hearing on Wednesday, said the petitioners’ advocate Maulin Pandya.