Is it legal to play online rummy at Rummytime.com?
Yes, it is! Online Rummy is completely legal in India.
It may come as a surprise to you, but playing rummy online at Rummytime is a completely legal process as stated by the Supreme Court of India. Rummy qualifies as skill-based gaming for which Supreme Court of India had released the following judgement: “The expression ‘gaming’ in the two Acts has to be interpreted in the light of the law laid-down by this Court in the two 1957 cases, wherein it has been authoritatively held that a competition which substantially depends on skill is not gambling. Gaming is the act or practice of gambling on a game of chance. It is staking on chance where chance is the controlling factor. ‘Gaming’ in the two Acts would, therefore, mean wagering or betting on games of chance. It would not include games of skill like horse racing”
Does playing rummy online categorise as ‘Gambling’?
No, playing rummy online is not gambling.
The Constitution of India has a definition for gambling which reads like this: “Gambling includes any activity or undertaking whose determination is controlled or influenced by chance or accident or any activity or undertaking which is entered into or undertaken with consciousness of the risk of winning or losing (eg, prize competitions, a wagering contract)” The Supreme Court of India has identified rummy as a game of skill and not just chance, hence differentiating it from gambling. Therefore, the activity to play for cash in a game of skill is protected under the Indian Constitution – Article 19(g). However, in Assam, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim and Telangana players are not allowed to play for cash. Rummytime does not allow players from these states to play for real money. But, they can still play our practice games for free. You can Refer to Our Terms of service for more details.