Yes, the game of Rummy is primarily played for fun and entertainment. Is the winning of the game associated with a happening of a particular event, which again, may or may not occur? The answer is yes. This has been the question that makes people stay away from rummy, mostly due to ignorance. So, what is the legal status of this game in India? Let us see the same in detail below.
In a historical ruling by the Honourable Supreme Court of India, it has been clearly stated that Rummy is more of a game of skill and so it is completely legal to play the game in India. Our constitution protects the game under section 19 (1) (g). That’s not all. In fact, many of the subsequent judgement by the courts in India have relied on the principal judgement of 1968 ruling and upheld the playing of Rummy for cash. To be precise, there was a ruling by, again, the Honourable Supreme Court that where a success in a game is dependent on skills too even if there is an element of luck involved, it cannot be called as gambling. Since, rummy falls under that category where you are required to use certain playing skills, exclusive to the game, it is not considered as gambling. But again, there are three states in India – Telangana, Orissa and Assam – have a different law where the citizens are prohibited from playing rummy for cash. However, they can still play free games / practice games on popular rummy websites.
In short, since the game is protected by the constitution and the Supreme Court judgement of 1968, it is totally legal to play online rummy in India.