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.