How Does Online Casino Regulation work in India

Gambling has long been a part of life in India. Even though in many parts of India, gambling has no regulations and is considered illegal. Running an establishment for gambling and even being in one, will find all parties fined or in prison. Gaming laws in India seem to be very vague and this has opened a gap in the market for offshore gaming companies to swoop in and grab the attention of avid Indian gamblers.


Gambling is governed by three main laws. the Public Gambling Act of 1867, Prize Competition Act of 1995, and the Information Technology Act of 2000. Even though it would seem that India has had a say in all forms of gambling, the truth is, that these laws are quite vague when it comes to gambling in an online casino.

States such as Goa, Sikkim and Daman have legalised gambling under very specific conditions. In Goa for example the Goa Gambling Act of 1976 states that playing card games are legal if played on an offshore vessel. In Sikkim, the Sikkim Regulation of Gambling Act of 2005, has legalised gambling, but still requires the government to point out in which locations of the state gambling can be conducted. With strict yet vague laws, it seems to be a natural inclination for Indian gamblers to take advantage of casinos online.

Online casinos and its popularity in India

More access to the internet played a major role in inching Indian gamblers toward the online casino scene. With increased access to the internet and smartphone sales over the past few years, access to online casinos has increased with it. Online casino platforms such as 10Cric, Indian Betway Live casino and Panda offer classic and Indian specific games for all to enjoy.

More convenient gaming

Though the consensus is that gambling is illegal in most of the country, Indian gambling seekers opt to play at online casinos as they are far more convenient and the laws do not specifically outlaw them. Offshore gambling websites have invested time and effort into providing Indian gamblers a comfortable experience, knowing that these players will frequent their websites. Games like Jhandi Munda,Teen Patti, Andar Bahar and even live table games are commonly found at casino sites in India, and some of which even offer these games in Hindi

Gambling regulation is quite strict concerning the prohibition of games at land-based venues. The unique ga in the market allows Indian gamblers and offshore online casinos to reap the benefits currently on offer. With Indian residents trying and waiting for the laws to change, right now, all they need to do is sit back, connect to the internet and have a gambling experience of a lifetime.

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