Indian Law Enforcement Closes 500 Card Rooms

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This week law enforcement in India conducted a series of raids throughout the country, resulting in the closure of 500 card rooms that are accused of offering poker to players.

The raids closed the rooms in Bengaluru, Karntaka, and were an attempt to cut down on criminal activity and fights that have been taking place, more than being focused on shutting the poker operations down. As a point, the Karnataka High Court sees poker as a game of skill, which removes a big argument that the activity is gambling.

It should be noted that some clubs were targeted, and there are some other ones haven't been affected whatsoever. The police say that the unaffected clubs are being left alone because: "The big recreational clubs have all the sports and leisure facilities, including swimming pools and they are all following the rules and regulations and that's the reason we have not initiated action against them."

It is estimated that up to 10,000 people could be left without a job as a result of the raids.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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10 October 2018 - 4:47am
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I hope in the future for the sake of many many jobless people, that law enforcement can find a better way to stop some card games and first fights then the way they used here which cost all those people their jobs. Most of these people are supporting family's I bet, and now they're left to scramble for a new job quickly. That's some tactful investigating , good job .

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The big recreational clubs have all the sports and leisure facilities, including swimming pools and they are all following the rules and regulations and that's the reason we have not initiated action against them."

Now I get that.. during or after the fight they could all jump in the pool and cool their heads...that makes sense...not that they just shutting down the smaller (out of protection) card rooms.