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The order passed by a single-judge bench holding the game of poker as ‘gambling and illegal’ has been challenged by Indian Poker Association (IPA) before a division bench of the Gujarat high court. The IPA has said that the game of poker is the game of skill and not of chance.
The appeal of petitioners has also questioned the reliance of single-judge bench “on a supposed societal impact of gambling by comparing it to sports betting, and then continuing to discuss the bad of gambling as mentioned in the Rigveda and Manu, and ignoring the aspect of poker as being a game that involves a substantial degree of skill.”
The IPA has requested in court to nullify the order given by the single-judge bench and declare that the game of poker falls under the exception and it involves the skill and involve brain and calculations.