Hearing a plea against the Madras high court verdict that playing rummy with stakes amounts to gambling, the Supreme Court said that the judgement will not affect online rummy playing sites.

The bench comprising of Justices Madan B. Lokur and S.A. Bobde noted that the high court’s plea was premature. While the fate of table rummy still hangs in the balance, online rummy playing isn’t affected by the 2012 ruling.

Online rummy playing websites had moved the apex court against the 2012 judgement saying that it would affect their business. The counsel representing the websites noted that the government has no framework regulating online gaming.

While the Madras high court rule would make rummy illegal, appeals have been made that playing rummy required skill and wasn’t a game of chance, so playing it with stakes can’t amount to gambling.

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