Tamil Nadu to regulate online gambling

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Discussions on online gambling regulations have now started in Tamil Nadu after the number of suicides committed following heavy losses on online rummy from 2020 increased to 20.

So far, eight deaths have been recorded in Tirupur, Namakkal and Salem, seven in Chennai and its suburbs, four in Vellore, Tirupattur and Dharmapuri and one in Tuticorin.

A group led by former Madras High Court Judge, Justice K Chandru, recently submitted a report to the state government, suggesting the introduction of laws for a complete ban on rummy and all other games online maps.

However, even though online card games are banned in Tamil Nadu, residents can still access these games from outside the state. Therefore, the committee believes that other states, particularly those whose laws have been struck down by the courts, could apply to the Union Government under Section 252 to activate a blanket gambling ban. online maps. Not so long ago, the high courts of Karnataka, Kerala and Madras rejected amendments to laws banning online betting and gambling in the states.

According to reports, Tamil Nadu has looked at the various challenges faced by many states that have attempted to ban or regulate online gambling. According to one of the officials involved in the process, the TN government has taken note of the judgment of the Madras High Court regarding the lack of empirical evidence or stakeholder consultation. Another thing considered is the difference between games of chance and games of skill. “New legislation is being prepared and it should be legally sustainable and feasible for its implementation,” the official said.

Besides, in the 47th ESG meeting held in June, the council had directed a group of ministers on casinos, racetracks and online gambling to assess the issues based on additional input from states and submit a report within a short period of time. Previously, the Panel of Ministers had recommended that the GST rate be increased from 18% to 28%.

Further information from official sources has revealed that part of the Tamil Nadu government opposes the total ban on online gambling due to the revenue the activity brings in the state. Discussions about banning specific online games and regulating approved games of skill continued. Discussions also include the category of players to accept, hours of play, age restrictions, and more.

Although online games have been popular in Tamil Nadu for quite some time, it peaked in 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, many new online casinos open, enticing players with their native Indian game offerings and great bonuses. Many online sportsbooks have also opened up, offering thousands of betting markets and great odds on cricket and many other sports.

Most online iGaming platforms were mobile friendly. Hence, TN residents like many other Indians have found it easy to access and use their services. The platforms also use local Indian banking processors such as Netbanking and UPI, which not only facilitate payments for players, but also make it easy to estimate the amount of money exchanged between bettors and these platforms.

Given the high volume and revenue potential that the iGaming market can generate, many stakeholders believe that designing a strong framework to regulate online betting and gaming will be preferable to completely banning online gambling. activities.

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