Many people are of the opinion that playing Rummy is illegal. This is the reason why though they play the game with their close friends and family, they hesitate to play it online. However, this is a wrong notion. Rummy is considered to be a Game of Skill and playing such a game is absolutely legal in our country. The online 13 card Rummy game is a popular game at casinos across India but unlike gambling, which is illegal according to the Indian law, this is not a game of chance. As per the Indian Supreme Court, any game that requires skill to win is legal. In the 1996 judgment it is clearly mentioned that any competition where success is based on considerable degree of skill is not considered as gambling. Though the element of chance cannot be ruled out completely, Rummy needs a good amount of skill as a player is required to memorize the fall of the cards. A player must possess an analytical bent of mind in order to decide as to which card should be discarded and how to form the required sets and sequences to win. Thus, whether one plays Rummy for cash or otherwise, it is absolutely legal to play this interesting game.
However, most of the online rummy sites bar the residents of Assam and Orissa from playing the game online. This is because there is no exception for the games of skill in the gaming acts of these two states. The Assam Game and Betting Act 1970 and Orissa Prevention of Gaming Act 1955 do not allow any game in which a player puts his money at stake. Thus, playing Rummy or any such game, even if it is a game of skill and not purely chance, is illegal in these states.
Apparently, Khelplayrummy and other online Rummy sites would be glad to offer the amazing experience of playing the 13 card Rummy online to the residents of Orissa and Assam, if the game is legalized in these states in future.