The residents of the state of Karnataka in India will be delighted to know that they can safely and legally place a satta on the tri-series. Although the Karnataka police often book those who indulge in cricket satta, the Karnataka Police Act does not criminalize the act of placing a satta on athletic games and sports.
Legal experts have clearly stated that the Act prohibits betting on games of chance, games requiring both skill and chance, and fantasy games requiring luck as well as a combination of luck and skill. B. V. Acharya, the former advocate general, says that the Act does not apply to betting on athletic sports or games. The Karnataka Police Act has been in force ever since 1973.
According to the Act’s definition of “gaming,” gaming includes all forms of satta, except lottery and horse racing satta within the racecourse. However, in early 2000, the state of Karnataka banned all forms of lottery gaming.
According to the Act’s definition of “game of chance,” a game of chance is any game requiring a combination of skill and chance, and fantasy games of chance as well as a combination of skill and chance. Interestingly, the Act does not mention athletic sports and games. Sports satta is therefore legal in Karnataka.
K. M. Nataraj, the former additional advocate general, says that the law defines sports as activities involving skill and physical exertion, in which teams or individuals compete against others. All forms of sports satta, including wagering on tennis, football, hockey, cricket, and other sports, is legal in Karnataka as long as it is done within the state’s jurisdiction. Bettors should, however, be aware that it is only legal to place sattas on the final results of a match. Mr. Nataraj says that in-play satta would involve activities requiring a combination of skill and luck.