The Indian judiciary has been quite apathetic towards the poker. The recent hearing in Gujarat regarding poker classification has been adjourned again.
Some of the prominent clubs and poker players are on the brim of dysfunction due to the delayed decision making of the judges of the High Court regarding the matter. Yet again, another day has turned out to be an utter disappointment for the Indian poker Stalwarts.
Despite the uncertain response, the High Court is derelicting the issue for two years now. December 19th marked the execution of another hearing that was ruled out, stating the concurrent occurrences of more grave matters. The delay implies that there has been no growth in the case ever since 2018. And it definitely provokes frustration in the people hanging on the loose ends of the judgment.
Another hearing, however, has been scheduled for 2020 January, but given the previous attitudes, there is less hope for something worthwhile in this one too. Poker in India hits another blow.
India is following the US roadmap to poker establishment. Poker, though, isn’t regulated by the federations, yet states hold the capacity to dictate private laws. After 2017’s ruling to deem poker an illicit and unfair game based on chance, the representatives from the industry have been combatting the resistance from the legislation. The first petition was cataloged by Samir Patel, the club owner prior to the additional appeals that were made by the Poker Association in India.
Some operators like Adda52 have also obtained an online license for gaming from the Nagaland government. Although Gujarat and New Delhi are more like despising the game, claiming it to be illegal and useless.
With a 1.3 billion population, India has been classified as a market economy in a rigorous development phase. GDP at $2.6 trillion and soaring average incomes are definitely the implication of capacity in India to become a poker hub. And there is still hope as Gujarat isn’t the only state in the race.