Laurels for India-
Pranab Bardhan and Shubhnath Sarkar have made India proud by scaling new heights and acquiring top-notch position in Bridge. 60-year-old Bardhan and his 56-year old partner have made India proud by winning gold medal in the Asian Games.
Women pair has also stepped into Asian Games in Bridge. While bridge made its debut in Asian Games this year only, it was a great victory for us.
Pranab Bardhan and Shubhnath Sarkar though, brought the laurels for the country but initially IOA (Indian Olympic Association) refused to send them for the games but later agreed after HCL chief Shiv Nadar interfered in between. They got their clearance three days in advance.
Sarkar has found telling in interviews that people have pointed their fingers on them and saying “You are going this far just to gamble”. Sarkar gave them an apt reply to these people. He said “ Yes, it is the game of riches but no one can win it without using their brain”.
Myths and Misconceptions–
Card games have been around for a long time. There is something about them which is very appealing but, for several years its oppressed under a belief that it is a kind of gambling.
“All card games are chance-driven. Chances of winning money on such games are just based on luck.” this myth had taken over every mindset. Card games aren’t gambling. Many people play these games just for the sake of pleasure or just for the contest of skill.
There is a thin line which differentiates gambling and gaming. As long as money isn’t involved, it’s not gambling. Sometimes the players just involve money for it becomes the method of keeping a score.
Legality of playing card games in India-
On february 20th, 2015 Supreme Court ruled that playing cards be not gambling or a kitty party game but, it is a physical sport as it involves use of hands and skill.
Advocate V. Lakshmi Kamran who was fighting for this case stated an excellent point, he said “Going by the definition of government if playing cards is gambling then, chess also should not be a sport.”
“Rummy, game of 13 cards is a game of skills” stated Supreme Court in 1968. It also stated that a game which is merely based on skills can not be called gambling.
However, different states have different laws like in Assam, Orissa and Telangana, players are not allowed to play for cash. Maharashtra and Nagaland government has strictly prohibited gambling but it leaves a scope for the games of skills.
While in Goa, Daman Diu and Sikkim have liberal laws. Gambling is also allowed but hotels and individuals need special permissions from the state Government, and they will have to pay recurring and non-recurring fees for the same. Punishment of imprisonment for 3 years and 5,000RS will be chargeable for any person who will be found gaming in common gaming house.
When it comes to poker though, Supreme Court has said skillful games are not gambling, the State Government have their different rules like Karnataka in 2013 and Calcutta in 2015 has exempted poker from Gambling while, Kerela and Gujrat government are on the verge of making poker legal.
Though, Flush, a game of cards popularly known as Teen Patti is purely based on chance and luck which is why it is not legal in India.
Future of playing cards in India-
Recently, Poker Sports League (PSL) has approached the real pro of Chess Vishwanathan Anand as their Brand Ambassador.
“In the last few years popularity of poker has increased. It has also opened the gates for our youngsters to explore their career in this game.” said Anand. He also said playing cards is no different from the game of chess as it also requires a defined skill sets. He further added that he also plays poker and enjoy the game at an amateur level.
A Pune based hospitality, Adda 52 organises many events for several card games both online and live. It makes money through tournament fees and services provided for the various games.
They have come up with the new idea which is getting viral among youngsters. They made a fusion of Brag and Bridge.
Companies like K365, POKERBAAZI, JUNGLERUMMY, RUMMYCIRCLE.COM etc also support and organise such games.
So, next time someone calls you a gambler for playing card games tell them according to various researches it has been found that games like Poker, Rummy, Bridge, Patience, War etc. needs 95% of mathematical skills.
After all remembering and calculating pattern of game, sequence of cards, which card has fallen down and which are remaining are the tasks for geniuses only.