Legal Aspects

Oxbow Gaming offers free cash games which are legal to play across all states in India & any country across the world.

Real cash games offered by are only in mere skill games which is defined by Supreme Court of India as games in which luck factor is negligible or not involved. Example chess in which there is no luck factor involved and completely depends on skill of player.

Under Indian Laws gambling is different from Skill Games. Gambling or gaming has been defined by the Supreme Court in 1996 as betting and wagering on games of chance only where as mere skill games does not involve any chance or luck factor at all.

The Supreme Court in this judgment specifically excludes games of skill, irrespective of whether they play for money or not, from the definition of gambling. The exact quote from the 1996 judgment is as follows:

"The expression ‘gaming’ in the two Acts has to be interpreted in the light of the law laid-down by this Court in the two 1957 cases, wherein it has been authoritatively held that a competition which substantially depends on skill is not gambling. Gaming is the act or practice of gambling on a game of chance. It is staking on chance where chance is the controlling factor. ‘Gaming’ in the two Acts would, therefore, mean wagering or betting on games of chance. It would not include games of skill like horse racing”.

Further the Public Gambling Act, which is the central law on gambling and most subsequent state laws on the subject substantially state that “nothing in this Act shall apply to games of mere skill wherever played”.

Supreme Court of India in 1996 defined a game of mere skill as follows: (1) The competitions where success depends on substantial degree of skill are not "gambling". (2) Despite there being an element of chance if a game is preponderantly a game of skill it would nevertheless be a game of "mere skill". Which means if there is at all a luck factor involved then it is not game of mere skill & a game can be considered as ‘mere skill’ only if luck factor is negligible or not involved

Following are few more sections & laws which makes play of mere skill games for real cash legal in the operating jurisdiction:

Central Government Act:

Section 18 in The Public Gambling Act, 1867

  1. Offences under this Act to be "offences" within the meaning of Penal Code.—[Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1874 (16 of 1874), sec. 1 and Sch., Part I]. STATE AMENDMENTS Himachal Pradesh.—After section 17, the following new section shall be deemed to be inserted, namely:— “18. Exemption of games of mere skill.—Nothing in this Act shall apply to any game of mere skill wherever played.”
  2. Section 13, which is the important Section, says that nothing in this Court shall be held to apply to any game of mere skill wherever played. "Mere skill' means pure skill, skill and nothing else.

Maharashtra prevention of gambling Section 13 of ACT IV of 1887

Nothing in this Act shall apply to any game of mere skill wherever played.