legality of IPL betting

The legality of IPL betting in India

India has a very active online gambling culture, be it betting on sports or online casinos, so it’s hardly surprising that placing wagers on the matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become very popular. IPL is the biggest and most popular cricket event in India; you can place bets on any number of online casinos.

The online IPL betting websites offer a multitude of options to place bets on, ranging from players of the match to the best bowler, best batsman, and best team.

The increasing digitization of money and the use of smartphones have made access to betting online easier for people as they can log into online casinos, transfer money, and place bets, all with just a click of a button.

Most Sportsbooks will also help you understand the betting options and provide you with IPL betting tips in Hindi and regional languages.

However, this does lead to a question of whether Betting on IPL is legal in India.

While physical gambling has been considered illegal in India, guidelines surrounding the laws regarding online gambling are somewhat in a grey area. And because there are no clear laws regarding online betting, it cannot be prohibited. So far, no Indian has been prosecuted for placing bets online.

To place bets on IPL, using an international bookmaker is not mentioned in any law. While it is illegal to use bookmakers in India, there is no specific law in India that bans an individual from placing an online bet with a bookmaker who is based outside of India. This is because there is no specific law that exists in the Indian system that prohibits online betting.

The Justice Lodha Committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court of India has stated that Legalising betting will help curb corruption and the money generated can be used for the development of sports and players.

As for the laws that do exist regarding betting, they are written by the state government for each state. As per the Indian Constitution, the state government has full control over betting and gambling practices in their state and they can also formulate their state-specific laws.

This has led to the legality of betting varying from state to state. Here is a list of the states and what’s legal or illegal there.

  1. Horse racing and lotteries are considered legal as horse racing involves some skills
  2. Several Indian states like Goa, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Punjab, Nagaland, West Bengal, and Sikkim have legalized lotteries.
  3. Under the Public Gambling Act, 1976, Online gambling and land-based casinos are legal in Goa, Sikkim, Nagaland, and Daman
  4. Under the Bombay Prevention of Gambling Act, 1887 Maharashtra has prohibited all forms of gambling
  5. According to the Telangana State Gaming Act, 1974, Telangana and Arunachal Pradesh consider the game of skill illegal.

To Conclude, if an Indian resident decides to place bets on websites that are hosted outside of India and if the country where the website is hosted, permits online gambling, then it is not illegal and as such, you cannot be prosecuted.

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