Legality of Playing Cash Rummy Online
The one word answer is Yes. It is absolutely legal to play rummy for cash in India.
Khelplayrummy is operated by Sachar Gaming Pvt. Ltd., a company incorporated as per the Companies Act 1956 having its registered office at 903-904, Krushal Commercial Complex, Above Shoppers Stop, M.G. Road, Chembur (W), Mumbai 400089.
Gaming legislations in all states in India with the exception of Assam, Odisha and Sikkim exempt “games of mere skill” from the definition of gambling. In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled that the game of rummy is a game of skill and playing rummy does not amount to gambling.
Over the past few decades, various High Courts have quoted the apex court’s decision and stated that law enforcement authorities cannot interfere with the game of rummy played with stakes. In 1996, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court affirmed its 1967 judgment and ruled that games involving substantial and preponderant degree of skill fall within the definition of ‘games of mere skill’ and added that betting on horse-racing is a game of skill outside the ambit of gambling.
In 2015, the Supreme Court noted that observations of a 2012 Madras High Court order which held rummy for stakes to be illegal did not survive and deemed that order to be withdrawn. Various Supreme Court judgments have also noted that offering games of skill is a fundamental right under the Indian constitution and consequently games of skill cannot be prohibited.
Based on this legal background, various legal experts and jurists have opined that online rummy is completely legal in India.
Sachar Gaming Pvt. Ltd. complies with all laws and regulations applicable to online games of skill. Sachar Gaming Pvt. Ltd. will further comply with any change in this present legal position due to any order of a court of competent jurisdiction, regulatory body, central or state government or law enforcement agency.
We permit players from all states and union territories in India except Assam, Odisha and Sikkim. Since the gaming legislations in Assam and Odisha do not exempt games of skill, at present we do not permit residents of Assam and Odisha to play real money rummy.