There are different rules for gambling all over the world, with some countries being stricter on gambling legislation than others. In Rajasthan, India’s largest state by area, gambling was made illegal via the 18677 Public Gambling Act. Although there is similar legislation in place in other parts of the world, many countries, such as the UK and some states in the USA are more relaxed about gambling. In the UK, there are many different casinos, and in some cases even casino based games such as Ladbrokes’ Blackjack Memory Game have grown in popularity. However, not all parts of the world are the same.
Under the 1867 Public Gambling Act, gambling in the state has been deemed illegal, which could be due to India’s dominant religion Hinduism. Hinduism tends to prohibit gambling and gambling for fun is frowned upon, other than during the festivities of Diwali. In Rajasthan, there is a high percentage of Hindu and Muslim people, and with both religions prohibiting gambling, it is likely that there is a close correlation between religion and gambling in the state. This is similar to countries such as the UAE, Bhutan, Indonesia and the Vatican City.
Rajasthan shares a border with Pakistan, and because of this, there is also a high population of Muslims, and in many Muslim countries gambling is deemed to be both dangerous and evil. Nevertheless, it is only land based gambling that is deemed to be illegal in the country. Cricket gambling is exceptionally popular in the state, and in cities such as Jaipur (the capital city of Rajasthan), where technological infrastructure is not just good, but booming, many people tend to use the internet to gamble.
However, online gambling is actually quite complex in Rajasthan due to the fact that websites are often heavily encrypted. Because gambling in general is illegal, bookies like to keep their security high if they are based in the country, and therefore it is very difficult to find out, and then access these websites. Although taking part in online gambling isn’t necessarily illegal, it is frowned upon. However, if someone was to get caught owning or running a gambling website from inside Rajasthan, there is likely to be consequences.
This focus on online gambling if the site is deemed to be based outside of the country is also similar to the rules that are in place in Japan. Although gambling rules aren’t necessarily strictly enforced in some scenarios in Japan, and pachinkos are a form of popular gambling entertainment, there are similarities between Rajasthan and Japan.
Alternate Betting Rajasthan
Although there might not be any land-based casinos in Rajasthan, there are some areas where gambling isn’t deemed to be as evil. For example, in Phalodi, the gambling market is actually quite strong, with people tending to bet on the rain. For example whether it would rain or not after 15 days or one month, or people will bet on whether the water will flow over the pipes in the houses or not. In this city, many people are said to have a second business in gambling. During IPL especially, there is plenty of gambling appearing in the city, and some believe that it has been a tradition in Phalodi, continuing for the hundreds of years.
Like in many countries around the world, the U.S. and in particular the city of Las Vegas, has been home to many land-based casinos for decades. Although not every country will be as willing to open its doors to land-based casinos like Las Vegas has, but there’s certainly an improvement with the adoption of online gambling in states such as Rajasthan.