Is Rummy Gambling?

by Scott Gabriel on August 17, 2010

According to Wikipedia “Gambling is the wagering of money or something of material value (referred to as “the stakes”) on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. Typically, the outcome of the wager is evident within a short period. ”

Gambling is also a major international commercial activity, with the legal gambling market totaling an estimated $335 billion in 2009.

Playing card games is one of the favorite time pass for Indians and card games like teenpatti, rummy, 29 (some call it 28), chokdi, judgement, dehla pakad, saat aath are some popular card games played all over India. These card games are played by children and teenagers who play with their friends, women who play card games in kitty parties, men who play card games in clubs and also while commuting and families who play card games on festivals and even while holidaying.

All of these card games can be played with some stake i.e. Playing these 13 card game for money and Gambling may be legal in some countries but when it comes to India, games that are based on chance are illegal to play in India.Talking about the online world, where many countries allow online gambling in a regulated format, online gambling is still not legal in India.

In India, people usually play card games like teenpatti and rummy within their society or friend circle but with the advent of online gaming, the gates to playing card games against almost everyone are opening. When it comes to playing card games for money, Teenpatti is the most sought after game in India but since playing teenpatti is illegal in India, rummy is the best option as rummy is not a game of change i.e. Gambling and equally popular and interesting.

Why Rummy is not Gambling?
Gambling is based on chance which means that there is a lot of uncertainty and the fate of the game is primarily decided by chance and not skill. The famous card game Teenpatti comes under gambling because it is a game of chance and it involves less skill and more luck/chance. Whereas when it comes to rummy, arranging cards (making sequences and sets), using a joker, picking and discarding cards selectively involves real mental ability and skills.

Probably, these were the reasons why the honorable Supreme Court of India has declared rummy as a game of skill and not a game of chance (gambling) thereby making rummy purely legal to play online for money.

Rummy is one of the most famous card games and since rummy is not gambling, it is slowly picking up as the most played card game online in India. Websites like RummyCircle.com offers 13 cards classical Indian rummy platform where one can play rummy against thousands of Indian players playing rummy online from India. If you are new to online rummy you can check how to play rummy section of the site.

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