Poker Professionals from India Prove in Court That Poker is a Skill Game

Sep 14, 2017

While poker players around the world are confident that it requires much more skill than luck, those who are unfamiliar with the game continue to argue about this. The court in India, where the popularity of the game has recently skyrocketed, also does not believe in the intellectuality of poker.

The Judge of the High Court of India recently surprised many people present at the meeting in the Gujarat court with an unexampled decision. He allowed Indian poker professionals to prove that skill is in the foreground in this game and gave them the opportunity to show the video in order to better argue their position. The GLaws.in website called the judge's decision "historic", as poker pros Abhishek Goindi and Aditya Vadhvani are not parties to the case, which concerns the issues of the country's constitution.

Goindi has earned $262,453 in live tournament poker since 2010, including $136,245, which he received in 2012 for second place in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Event. In addition, he created the local site GoPoker.in. Rakesh Shukla, the judge, allowed poker pros to hold their presentation on the basis of petitions from a number of poker establishments, including the Indian Poker Association. He took his decision despite the objections of government officials who insisted that poker is a game of luck that falls under the Gujarat Prevention Of Gambling Act.

Videos, which Goindi and Vadhvani showed in court, are quite simple in content. They explain what poker is and demonstrate the importance of skills for success in it. It is reported that the pros must appear in court again this month. They intend to highlight some of the poker nuances in more detail and will give additional arguments in favor of the fact that poker is a skill game.

In this new presentation, the emphasis will be placed on the tournament poker complexity, including strategy, mathematical calculations, analysis and the psychological component of the game. Police raids on poker rooms are often held in Gujarat, and the authorities are closing them. The legality of poker in India is not clearly defined. In some states, such as Goa, it is allowed, while others, such as Gujarat, continue to resist its legalization.

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