9stacks is a skill based online poker platform and is in complete accordance with Indian laws and regulations.
Games of Skill
Games are broadly classified into two categories:
- Games of chance: The winner is determined entirely by mere luck, the result is wholly uncertain and doubtful and a human being cannot apply his/her mind to estimate the result or his/her efforts to influence the result. Generally, such games if played with real money are illegal by law and are categorised as gambling.
- Games of skill : Games wherein the dominant role in the game is exercised by the skills you use to play and the result depends on relative knowledge, training, attention, experience, and/ or expertise of the participant. Generally, such games are not deemed to constitute ‘gambling’ and do not flout the laws prohibiting gambling.
Games of Skill, as defined in the Indian Context
The Indian law clearly states that for a game to be considered as a game of skill, the factors affecting the results should be predominantly based on the element of skill.
Accordingly, games such as Rummy, Chess, Bridge have been recognised by the courts in India as games of skill. Poker too, has been recognized as a game of skill by several high courts in India.
The West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competitions Act of 1957 very clearly excludes Bridge, Poker, Rummy, and Nap from the definition of gambling or gambling.
Placing reliance on exemption of the game of poker from the definition of gambling in West Bengal and decisions of the Supreme Court of India, one may conclude that playing poker and other similar card games for the legitimate forms of consideration would be permitted due to the overt element of skill involved in these games.
The laws in the states of Odisha, Assam, Telangana, Sikkim, Gujrat and Nagaland however, state that playing card games and games like poker is to be deemed as a punishable offence.
9stacks reserves the right to immediately debar any user registering on the platform from Odisha, Assam, Telangana, Sikkim, Gujrat and Nagaland on discovery, without prior notice and confiscate any winnings made on the account.
Is it legal to play online Poker on 9stacks?
At 9stacks we have taken several measures to ensure that we remain legal and all the games we offer on the platform rely on skill used to play the game by a user.
The structure of the games offered on the 9stacks platform are our intellectual property and are duly supported by legislations and judicial pronouncements currently prevailing in India.
You are welcome to address any queries regarding the same by writing into our customer support: firstname.lastname@example.org.