Is it legal to own a slot machine in India?

Gambling is not illegal in India. However, it is regulated and allowed in very few places.  Indian Gambling Laws are completely responsible for the governing of Gambling in India.

The gambling laws were enacted specially to stop the black money flow by the Havala racket. So it not unlawful to own a slot machine in some places of India.

Central Act on Gambling

Public Gaming Act of 1867 is a Central Law that prohibits the functioning of a public gambling house. According to this law, Casinos and Gambling are illegal in India.

However, Gambling is under the State Government Jurisdiction and consequently, every state is responsible for the governance.

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State laws

So, Casinos and Gambling are also not illegal all over India. States like Goa, Daman, and Sikkim have legalized lotteries and casinos.

Gambling games are regulated under state wise anti-gambling laws in India called as Gaming Enactments. The gambling games that require skills like Poker games are allowed in India.

Indian gamblers can play online in any offshore casino websites.

In this article, let us specifically see the legality to own a slot machine in India. A slot machine is a casino gambling machine in general and a poker machine in particular.

The skill versions of the poker games do not have a regulator in almost every Indian state. The state of Nagaland, however, regulates the online skill version of games as well.

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The law about a slot machine in India goes as under,

You have to get a license to own it from the state government that allows gambling games and casinos under its state jurisdiction in compliance with the predetermined conditions.

Sikkim, Goa, Daman and Diu and Nagaland- The license will be valid for 5 years and one has to renew it every year.

West Bengal – Permitted for specific events.