Hotel Ramada seeks lift on poker ban

The Gujarat High Court on Monday admitted a petition filed by Hotel Ramada seeking permission to organize poker in its establishment, on the grounds that it is a game of skill, rather than gambling.

The petition is the second one after Indian Poker Association (IPA) secretary KN Suresh filed a petition to declare poker a ‘game of skill’ when the city’s police stopped the game from being played at the YMCA club at Hotel Ramada.

According to local media, Justice C L Soni has sought a reply from the state government, city police commissioner, Anandnagar police inspector and the municipal commissioner after they did not take any decision on the hotel’s request to permit it to hold the game of poker.