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India is a yellow-level online gambling jurisdiction with clear regulations for some aspects of the industry but not all.

India is a large country in southern Asia. It borders Bangladesh to the east, Nepal to the north-east, China to the north, Pakistan to the north-west, the Arabian Sea to the south-west and the Bay of Bengal to the south-east.

Overview

The structure of online gambling regulation really just isn't there on any level, but it would seem like most of the rights to regulating the industry would belong to the states. We say this because most forms of gambling are banned on a federal government level, but states like Goa and Sikkim have regulated casino gaming within their borders with no challenge from the federal level. At the current time, there are no regulations for online gambling on the state (or federal) level, but it's also not explicitly illegal either.

Some types of land-based gambling are available on a country-wide level as well like lotteries and bets on horse racing. These seem very arbitrary, but they do show that India could become a future hotbed for online gambling if the right things happen.

Licensing

Horse racing and lotteries are permitted with a license, and this shows that a licensing process of some type already exists in the country. This shows some hope that this process could be expanded to online gambling eventually, especially since they've already shown a willingness to expand it to cover casino games in some states.

This is really an uphill battle, however, because no politician seems to want to touch the issue in India. Until someone champions the cause and brings attention to how much it could bring to them in revenues while keeping their players safer, it probably won't gain any ground.

Player Protections

India does not have any form of player protections when it comes to online gambling. While the federal government does have the authority to block websites at the ISP level, their efforts to do so haven't really worked out so well because it's been a limited number of sites. They seem to have given up that angle since there's no clear law against online gambling in India, but some sites are still blocked. If you decide to play from India, make sure that you play with a well-established site with a reputation for paying out when they are supposed to.

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