Khelplay.com is operated by Sachar Gaming Pvt. Ltd., a company incorporated as per the Companies Act 1956 having its registered office at 903-904, Krushal Commercial Complex, Above Shoppers Stop, Ghatkopar Mahul Road, Chembur West, Mumbai - 400089.

The game of poker is globally recognised to be a game which requires a high level of intellect and mental prowess. Statisticians, economists and chess grandmasters globally have accepted that the game of poker involves substantial degree of skill. In India, gaming legislations in all states with the exception of Assam, Odihsa, Sikkim and Telangana exempt “games of mere skill” from the definition of gambling. In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled that the game of poker is a game of skill and playing poker does not amount to gambling.

Over the past few decades, various High Courts have quoted the apex court’s decision and stated that law enforcement authorities cannot interfere with the game of poker played with stakes. In 1996, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court affirmed its 1967 judgment and ruled that games involving substantial and preponderant degree of skill fall within the definition of ‘games of mere skill’ and added that betting on horse-racing is a game of skill outside the ambit of gambling.

In 2015, the Supreme Court noted that observations of a 2012 Madras High Court order which held poker for stakes to be illegal did not survive and deemed that judgment to be withdrawn. Various Supreme Court judgments have also noted that offering games of skill is a fundamental right under the Indian constitution and consequently games of skill cannot be prohibited.

There has been no binding judicial decision on online poker. However, the High Courts of Karnataka and Calcutta have noted that police/law enforcement authorities cannot interfere in the game of poker. Based on this legal background, various legal experts and jurists have opined that online poker is completely legal in India.

Sachar Gaming Pvt. Ltd. complies with all laws and regulations applicable to online games of skill. Sachar Gaming Pvt. Ltd. will further comply with any change in this present legal position due to any order of a court of competent jurisdiction, regulatory body, central or state government or law enforcement agency.

We allow players from all states and union territories in India except Assam, Odihsa, Sikkim and Telangana. Since the gaming legislations in Assam, Odihsa, Sikkim and Telangana do not exempt games of skill, at present we do not permit residents of Assam, Odihsa, Sikkim and Telangana to play real money poker.

For any further clarifications or information on the legality of playing on this website, contact support@khelplay.com.