What’s the Legal Situation of Gambling in India?

Gambling is severely restricted to certain areas and about half of all gambling activities are illegal in India. From the Public Gaming Act of 1867, much of India’s legislation regarding gambling comes.
The Gaming Act of 1867 does not specifically mention anything about internet gambling, as a nearly 150-year-old act. However, lottery and online wagering is considered illegal.

In India, gambling websites have proven to be a lucrative business, with most dealing with cricket. On cricket betting and directories of betting portals, an internet search of cricket in India will yield numerous guides.

Recently, during the country’s multi-billion dollar Twenty20 cricket tournament, a great deal of press has been devoted to claims of illegal betting. Federal investigators revealed match fixing by Indian bookmakers and some leading players and widespread illegal betting. There are many people who believe that the corrupt activity displayed during the cricket tournament could be prevented if India were to ease up on gambling legislation. It should have been legalized long ago. Banning it has created this problem,» said Barun Mitra, head of Liberty Institute, a free-market think-tank in New Delhi
Gambling appears to be both socially acceptable and popular in India. 74 percent of respondents were in favor of gambling being made «a legitimate, regulated tax-paying business», as per a poll conducted by the Times of India newspaper.

The state of India that allows gambling is Goa. It permits live off shore casino games and electronic land casinos as well. The government in Goa is promoting offshore casinos by granting new licenses to more companies in an attempt to generate more tourist related revenue.