Poker is a sport that involves substantial skill and intellect on the part of the player. To ensure a hassle-free gaming experience, PokerRaj has taken all the appropriate steps and ensured that everything follows legal procedures specified under the Section 12 of the Public Gaming Act, 1867.
The Central legislation governing gaming in India is the public gambling act, 1867, under Section 12 of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 provides that games of mere skill are exempt from the application of the Act. The Supreme Court of India and various High Courts in India have opined that a game of mere skill is a game “in which, although the element of chance necessarily cannot be entirely eliminated, success depends principally upon the superior knowledge, attention, experience, training and adroitness of the player. A game of skill is one in which the element of skill predominates the element of chance.” No penalty can be imposed upon a person for playing such games of skill.
Online poker offered on the PokerRaj website is strictly in compliance with legislation and judicial declarations. Playing poker on PokerRaj is legally permissible in India and we comply with Indian laws like Indian Penal Code, 1860, Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, Indian Information Technology Act, 2000, the Public Gambling Act, 1867, Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) 1999, etc.
PokerRaj maintains TDS policies as per govt. guidelines and issues TDS certificates to all poker player on a quarterly basis.
The Indian Constitution provides provision to States to permit and enact laws that regulate betting and gambling in their respective jurisdictions. In furtherance of these powers, various States have enacted anti-gambling legislations. Such legislations are largely in concert with the Public Gambling Act of 1867 (and include the exception of “games of skill”). Where a State legislation on gambling exists, it prevails over the Public Gambling Act of 1867. In this regard, the Assam Game and Betting Act, 1970 and Orissa (Prevention of) Gambling Act, 1955 prohibits games with money stakes and does not create an exception for games of skill. Therefore, currently, residents of Assam, Orissa, Telangana or Gujarat are not permitted to play on our website and our applications.
If any player belonging to the above states is still found playing on our website or registers by giving false information, the liability will be solely on the user and the company reserves the right to terminate the user's membership without any further notice and confiscate all his deposits and winnings. As the case might be PokerRaj.com will not be liable to take any responsibility for players' breach of applicable state laws.
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