A court in Gujarat heard civil petitions regarding the legality of poker and whether the game involves skills or not.
India.- The Gujarat High Court discussed the legality of poker in the country and whether it’s a game of skill or not as it allowed special civil petitions. Senior Counsel Mihir Thakore asked the judge to consider the arguments made by two professional poker players.
Thakore came in representation of the petitioner clubs and listed the points that contradict foreign judgements from the government counsel which said that poker is a game of chance, AGBrief reported. The Senior Counsel argued that the material obtained by the government doesn’t apply to the Indian context because it doesn’t match the Gujarat Prevention of Gambling Act.
Moreover, the official asked the judge to consider the arguments of two experimented poker players, which marks the first time in the country’s history to allow experts who are not lawyers or party involved in the case to intervene in a constitutional case, the news outlet confirmed. The two players showed videos to the court where it made clear that elect of skill was involved in the game.
The measure is supposed to be discussed today, with the two players expected to make an appearance again to further show that poker involves some sort of degree of skill.