Legal Betting India

Legal Betting India
Legal Betting India

Legal Betting India

When it comes to online betting in India, each state has its own set of rules. Most of them allow you to place online bets without facing legal repercussions. To know more, you can visit this link:

Some of the top legal gambling websites in India are as follows:

  • Betway

  • 22Bet

  • Parimatch

  • 10Cric

  • Casumo

  • Comeon

  • 4Rabet

  • Fun88

  • Rabona

  • 1XBet.

Since Indian betting laws are a bit confusing, we decided to help out gamblers by writing this article. We have consulted legal experts to make sure the information is correct.


Is it legal for people to place online bets in India?

Yes. Strictly speaking, it is not illegal.

What are the legal betting sites in the country?

All betting websites based outside India are legal. It is illegal for a betting site to operate on Indian shores.

How to deposit funds at these sites?

Some of the popular payment modes include PhonePe, Paytm, and Gpay.

Can you legally play casino games online?

Yes, Indians can legally play online casino games since there are no national laws restricting them. While luck-based games are prohibited in some states, the authorities seldom enforce them, due to the confusing laws.

The present legal status of online betting

According to legal experts, there is no mention of online betting in the Public Gaming Act that was issued in 1867. Thus, technically speaking, it is not illegal to place bets online in India. To date, no citizen has been charged for it. There are clear discrepancies between federal and state laws.

History of betting laws

The Public Gaming Act prohibits Indian citizens from visiting a gambling center. But since it was introduced long before the internet existed, online gambling is not explicitly prohibited under law. The government has not made any amendments to this law as yet.

State laws

According to the Indian constitution, each state has the freedom to form distinct betting laws. In Maharashtra, Karnataka, and some other states, skill-based games are legal while luck-based games are illegal. The authorities in Sikkim are making efforts to make online gambling legal. Most of the states don’t have strict laws in this regard, so except for Maharashtra, you can participate in online gambling without getting into trouble.

Luck and skill-based games

A skill-based game is one where you can enhance your winning odds by gaining more knowledge. A great example of this is cricket betting where you need to gather information on the teams and the playing conditions. This is different from a luck-based game like roulette where the probability of success is always the same.

Cricket and horse racing

In the '90s, the top court in India decided that betting on horse races is legal since it is based on skill and not on luck as compared to football or cricket betting. Horse breeding is a lucrative industry in the country, so we can assume that this decision was taken to preserve that industry. It seems odd to make betting legal for select games.

When can we expect online betting to be legal?

It is not clear when the Indian authorities will amend the betting laws. Chances are, it might never happen. However, at this moment, you can safely use a betting platform like Mimy to place online wagers and earn money.

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