Andhra Pradesh government clearly has a strategy for the state. With its latest move to leave the National Democratic Alliance after the state was denied of being special status, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has sent clear indications that compromises and settlements are not their cup of tea.
Since the division of Andhra Pradesh, the laws and regulations of are constantly being monitored and reviewed. This can change the horizons of several sectors including the gaming and gambling sector of Andhra.
In a recent interview N. Chandrababu Naidu talked about the card games and the stance that state might hold over its regulations :
Naidu said that he used to play card games during his childhood for winning money. He said that the game of poker and rummy requires concentration of mind and focus.
He also said people can end up becoming addicts of these games. He asserted that he possesses an addiction of voracious travelling but few people are poker and rummy addicts. He talked about the harmful effects of card gaming.
The statements made by Chandrababu Naidu indicate against liberal gambling laws in the state. As of now horse racing, lottery and rummy are legal in the state. Moreover, tote and pool betting is also allowed within its boundaries.
In April 2017 the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court rejected the plea by four clubs who were seeking non-police.
The police claimed that rummy is not a game of skill and it also involves chance. The judge agreed with the claims made by the police and ruled that the police are allowed to enter the premises of rummy clubs in accordance with Andhra Pradesh Gaming Act, 1974.
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The neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana has banned all kind of skill games including online games played for money and wagers.
Telangana, a part of Andhra till 2014, passed two ordinances in June 2017 banning gambling and gaming of all sorts.
The ordinances were later replaced by the Telangana Gaming (Amendment) Act and were approved and passed by both the houses of the state in November last year.
The clear inferences over Naidu’s statements could only be drawn after the government comes up with regulatory policies or decisions about the card games. But, for now, the Chief Minister has mildly criticized the card games and the future of card games remains at stake.