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Legality

Pokeryaar is a legal registered game of skill service provider and is duly supported by legislations and judicial pronouncements prevailing in India. A game of skill is when the player invests his/her time in learning, practicing and honing a skill.

The Supreme Court noted that games of skill would be where "success depends principally upon the superior knowledge, training, attention, experience and adroitness of the player". Most games can be a combination of skill and chance, but skill has to be the predominant factor in these games. Games of skill are outside the purview of gambling, and are not prohibited.

Games of skill like Rummy, Poker, Bridge, Nap, Fantasy Sport etc is permissible in all states (except Assam , Gujarat, Orissa and Telangana). It is clearly indicated that games like poker and fantasy involve substantial degree of skill to be played pan India withstakes.

Nagaland, a union territory in the northeast of India, has recently passed an act- Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill Bill, 2015 ("Nagaland Online Gaming Law"). The bill has brought a great certainty on online games of skill. The law is a first of its kind legislation and a visionary step by the Nagaland government, which will help in defeating the perception that playing skill games for real money amount to gambling. The act clearly indicates that Poker do not amount to gambling even if stakes or profit element is involved and can be played pan India.