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Today IPA has successfully established live rooms In Bangalore, Kolkatta and Ahmedabad. On the Anvil is New Delhi and Hyderabad. IPA is a society registered under the Karnataka Societies Act 1960 and aspires to be what BCCI is to Cricket. IPA has the necessary pedigree, processes and importantly the trust of the players. By 2020 we believe that there would be a million players in India and IPA will do all it can to find and hone a world champion. In this endeavour, we are offering Pokernomics a 4 week course for its members.

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The Lede

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On a night in late October, in 2011, an advocate named KN Suresh hosted a card-playing party at his house in the posh area of Indiranagar, Bengaluru. Wealthy techies, doctors and realtors were reportedly in attendance. Later that night, a few guests showed up uninvited: a special squad of the Bengaluru city police raided the house, reportedly confiscating liquor bottles, card paraphernalia and cash. The police also arrested Suresh, along with eight of his guests.

Over the phone in February, Suresh recalled the night, and told me that he and his guests had been “wrongly booked for playing andar-bahar”—an illegal card game commonly played on the street, which decides winners purely on chance. Instead, they were playing poker: a game that involves both skill and chance. “It was harrowing,” Suresh said, to see the police seize the poker chips he had brought from abroad.

There is nothing illegal about Poker

K.N.Suresh (Appellant) VERSUS STATE OF KARNATAKA (Respondents) JUDGEMENT: B.V.Pinto Night Club Event

THIS petition is filed seeking to quash the proceedings in Crime No. 411 of 2011 of Indiranagar Police Station, Bangalore registered for the offence punishable under Sections 79 and 80 of the Karnataka Police Act.

IT is the case of the complainant who is the ACP, Bangalore City that on 25.10.2011 the petitioner was playing poker games and the said premises cannot be called as "Common gaming House.

It is seen that there is no complaint by anybody against the petitioner. Under the circumstances, the registration of the case by the police is sheer abuse of process of law and therefore the proceedings instituted by the Police are required to be quashed.

Accordingly, the proceedings in Crime No. 411 of 2011 are hereby quashed. It is needless to state that the property seized in the case requires to be returned to the person from whom the same has been seized and therefore it is directed that the Police shall return the property to the person from whom the same has been seized. Accordingly, the petition is allowed.

Indian Poker Association (Ipa) vs The State Of Karnataka on 8 October, 2013

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The petitioner is before this Court seeking for issue of mandamus and to direct the respondents not to interfere with the activities of the petitioner in conducting poker games / tournaments in their premises.

Heard the learned Senior counsel appearing for the petitioner and the learned Government Advocate and perused the petition papers.

The petitioner is stated to be a registered Society and is engaged in the activity of providing avenue for its members for the purpose of recreation. In that regard, one of the games being conducted in the club premises is that of poker. Though no license is required for playing such game of skill, the petitioner, by way of caution, is stated to have sought for permission and the same has been granted to the petitioner.

Having already taken note of the fact that in respect of the game of poker if played as a game of skill, license is not contemplated and further keeping in view the fact that permission in this case has been obtained in that regard, certainly, the petitioner would be entitled to conduct such games, provided, the same is in accordance with law. However, it is to be clarified that, if the respondents have any definite information with regard to the illegal activities, only in such event, the respondents would be entitled to take action in accordance with law and the same shall not ordinarily be indulged in, to prevent the lawful activities of the petitioner.

In terms of the above, petitions stand disposed of.

Kolkatta High Court Directs Unhindered Poker Operations in the State

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Mr. Siddique, learned advocate for the State submits, on instructions received from the Officer-in-Charge, Charu Market Police Station, that the contents of paragraph 14 are far from being true. It is specifically submitted by him that no officer of the police station visited the club in question and directed suspension of the game of poker thereat. He also submits that there is no cause of action for the petitioner to move this writ petition.

Mr. Siddique could be right but the record is required to be put straight.

Provisions of the West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competitions Act, 1957 and in particular the definition of "gaming or gambling" under section 2(1) (b) thereof reveal that poker is not included either in gaming or gambling and, therefore, if anyone indulges in playing such game without indulging in any other overt act, which could be treated as amounting to an offence, the same does not attract police interference. It is accordingly directed that playing the game of poker shall not result in unnecessary harassment of the players by the respondents.

The writ petition stands disposed of. There shall be no order for costs.

Poker is a game of skill: Needs more skill than Rummy

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HC Police had raided clubs and filed cases. Court says clubs do not require licence to organise games. To use an allegory, it is spades for the police and hearts for poker enthusiasts.

The Indian Poker Association (IPA), in petitions filed before the High Court of Karnataka, had alleged that the city police were humiliating and harassing aspiring poker players by filing cases against them. While disposing three petitions filed by the IPA and two clubs, the HC, last week, came to the rescue of poker players by reiterating that poker is a game of skill and clubs do not require a licence to organise games.

The IPA had also sought action against a police officer who conducted "raids" and booked cases against staff and members of a club. The HC directed IPA to complain against the police officer before higher authorities in the police department. Suresh K Naduvath, honorary secretary of IPA, said, "In the E Eranna & others vs State of Karnataka case (1977), it was laid down that, 'it is manifest that a game of skill would not be held to be gambling'. Poker is a game of skill, just like golf, cricket, scrabble, carom, rummy, basketball or volleyball and betting or wagering in games of skill or athletic games in Karnataka is permissible.

The only two states where betting or wagering is not permissible even in games of skill is Odisha and Assam." The row erupted on July 27 this year when the Central police raided Royal Flush Sports and Cultural Association in Chamrajpet and registered criminal cases against 30 members under the Karnataka Police Act.

The charges related to indulging in criminal activity. Two days later (July 29), the Pulikeshinagar police raided a club in Indiranagar, HI-5, which is a member of IPA, and registered cases against staff and members.

The IPA moved the HC. The association contended that organising poker games did not require a licence, but even so, the clubs had obtained NOCs from the police. The government advocate conceded that any "game of skill" does not require a licence, but the clubs, in the guise of promoting recreational activities, were indulging in illegal activities.

In his order delivered on October 8, Justice AS Bopanna stated that since the police had already filed a FIR, the clubs could respond to it in the appropriate forum (lower court). The court said, "In respect of the game of poker, if played as a game of skill, licence is not contemplated. The petitioner was entitled to conduct such games, provided, the same is in accordance with law."

Justice Bopanna states that if the clubs were indulging in illegal activities, police can take action. As for the charges of harassment by the police officer of Pulikeshinagar station, the court said that IPA was free to approach the higher police officials.

'Takes more skill than rummy' Clawin D'Souza, one of the few professional poker players in the city — he has made a livelihood playing the game— says poker involves more skill than rummy, a far more popular card game. "Compared to other card games poker is relatively new to Indians which is probably why there are complications about it, D'Souza said. "But it (poker) undoubtedly is a game of skill. I'm not saying one will win every hour or every day, but if one has the skill and if one plays with a strategy in place, one will win in the long term. There are five to six lakh people in the US who are professional poker players. The numbers are less in India. As with all games of skill, it is legal to play for stakes."