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New petition to ban card games to be heard Nov 28

The Delhi High Court has received a fresh petition seeking to ban all forms of online card games, including poker, terming them as a game of chance, and thus illegal, local media reports. 

The court has listed the petition for hearing on November 28, along with another similar matter.

Over the years, there have been multiple attempts to label games such as rummy, bridge, teen patti, and poker as games of chance, without much success.

Online poker is seen as one of the fastest-growing industries, with new online poker platforms cropping up, and funding from major international investors. 

Last week, the bench had declined to entertain a similar plea from the petitioner, Deepti Bhagat, who failed to explain what a poker game was.

Subsequently, she moved the plea afresh and explained how the game is played.

Bhagat contends that the player has no control over the kinds of cards being dealt, meaning it is a game of chance and not skill. 

Therefore, playing the game for stakes is considered to be unsanctioned gambling and thus illegal. 

Bhagat has also sought the cancellation of licenses to any company operating poker or similar card games.

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