A rum affair

  Foreign investor interest in India’s online rummy companies has been growing, though a recent ordinance banning the game by the central state of Telangana has thrown the industry into turmoil and sparked fears of a domino effect across the country. In India gambling on games of chance are banned in most states. However, a Supreme Court Act from 1996 made a distinction between games of skill and games of chance, allowing the former while outlawing the latter. Up until now, the highly popular card game of rummy has fallen into the category of skill-based gaming. Telangana’s ordinance from June 17 changes that saying playing rummy online for monetary gains is a criminal offence. It claims rummy involves both skill and chance and the presence of the latter makes it an activity tantamount to gambling, and not sports. The state issued a further ordinance in July clarifying the definition of cyberspace to...

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