Free poker is a big deal in India, and it is one that is played in casinos all over the country.
And now, the state of Tamil Nadu has decided to get rid of the game entirely, and instead, the people of Tamilnadu are taking to the streets to play it for free.
According to reports, the move comes after the Tamil Nadu government passed a law on February 5, 2016, that prohibits the gambling industry from paying out any compensation to players or any of its members for losses.
This law came into effect on the same day that Tamilnads Supreme Court issued a writ petition challenging the validity of the state government’s decision to ban the game.
The Tamil Nadu Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the ruling of the Supreme Court, which had issued a direction to the state to abolish the game on February 10.
In its order, the court said that there is no justification in paying out the money for the losses incurred in the casino game.
“The decision to prohibit gambling in Tamilnades gaming industry is not based on any law or regulation, but solely based on a desire to save money,” the court stated.
“There is no law or procedure in the law or by regulation that enables the government to decide what to pay out in such cases.
The decision to declare casinos as non-banking entities is contrary to the spirit of the law, and a violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of the country.”
Tamil Nadu is one of the most progressive states in India when it comes to banning gambling.
It was the first state to outlaw gambling in 2004, and has recently passed legislation to ban online poker, but the decision has come under fire from a lot of stakeholders, including the players.
In recent months, there has been a rise in calls for the ban to be lifted, especially from those who are worried about the impact of online poker on the industry.
According the latest reports, one player, Shailesh, lost Rs 50 lakh in online poker in 2016, but after being contacted by The Hindu, he is hoping to get his money back from the gaming industry.
“I am in the process of filing a case with the Enforcement Directorate to get my money back.
The government should have paid out a lump sum, and not made a payment to me in a lump amount,” he said.
The players have also taken to social media to express their anger.
“We have already paid the money to the casinos, but now we want the government of Tamil nadu to pay us in cash.
How will this go down with the people?” one of them asked.