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A large number of online bookmakers take bets from those living in India but the main problem for Indian customers is usually sending money to bookmakers and getting it back again when your bets win. The difficulties of the Indian banking system mean that there are only a small number of bookmakers who can properly service the Indian market.
We have listed a large number of online bookmakers who take bets from India and we would recommend six bookmakers who service the Indian market - bet365, Marathonbet, William Hill, Betfair, Ladbrokes and 1XBet.
The question of whether it is legal to bet from India using an international bookmaker is not clear in law. While bookmakers in India are illegal, there is no specific law in India which bans an individual customer from placing an online bet with a bookmaker.
bet365 customers can set up an online betting account from an Indian address. People setting up an account at bet365 can also choose to manage their account in Indian Rupees rather than in U.S Dollars or British Pounds.
Customers in India can deposit money into their bet365 account using their debit card, credit card, NETELLER, EntroPay and Wire Transfer from their bank account. All of these deposit methods are free. Wire transfers take from 3-10 days to process. If you do not have a NETELLER account then you can sign up by clicking on this NETELLER link.
One of our new preferred bookmakers - Betway, a Maltese registered online gambling company that is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. The websites provides a sportsbook as well as casino games and most importantly, accepts bets from India.
Starting mid April, Betway will also have the option of using INR (Indian Rupee) as a currency option and they also have a fairly vast variety of deposit and withdrawal options. Deposit options include Neteller, EntroPay, Skrill, ecoPayz, Neosurf as well as your Visa Debit and Credit cards. You can also use their live chat if you have any difficulties while gambling on Betway.
1XBet is a young and quickly growing company. 1XBet has more than 1,000 betting shops. Over 400,000 online users bet with 1XBet.com.
1XBet is licensed in Curacao.
Depositing funds into a 1XBet betting account from India can be done in a variety of ways, including; debit and credit card payments, NETELLER, Skrill, Webmoney plus many more. If you do not have a NETELLER account then you can sign up by clicking on this NETELLER link.
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Poker Nation hosts India's Biggest Online Poker Tournaments.
Whilst they don't take bets, KhelPlay lets you play Rummy online for real money and is fully legal in India. Deposit easily with your debit or credit card for as little as 100 INR.
KhelPlay Rummy is a great place to test your rummy skills online.
Taj Rummy is one of the newest sites on the Rummy block. With payment processing and legality under India's skill games laws there's every reason to play at Taj Rummy.
Taj Rummy also gives it's new players 100 INR absolutely free!
Betfair is a betting exchange and its technical status is somewhere between a bookmaker and a stock exchange for sports betting. Betting exchanges are not covered by Indian law so it is a grey area as to whether it is operating legally in taking bets from Indian customers. For the serious cricket bettor a Betfair account is a must as they offer fantastic in-play markets and many millions of dollars are traded on every cricket match.
William Hill is floated on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100, meaning it is one of the top 100 companies in the United Kingdom.
William Hill has betting licences in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar and also owns 2,370 betting shops.
Ladbrokes is a UK company based in Rayners Lane, London. It is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Ladbrokes runs a large chain of betting shops in the UK and has extensive online betting operations across the world.
Ladbrokes has betting licences in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar.
RaceBets.com is the first ever online bookmaker to take bets on Indian Horse Racing. RaceBets.com is a German company based in Malta. They offer the most comprehensive betting solution for anyone that enjoys betting on horse racing. Their comprehensive knowledge of the Horse Racing Industry allows them to offer great value to punters.
Winner is licensed and regulated by the Financial Services Regulatory Commission Antigua & Barbuda. Winner offer Sports Betting, Casino and Poker and have a wide range of both match and future cricket markets. Winner has strong mobile and PC products and can take payments through bank wire and also through e-wallets.
Betfred accepts accounts registered at Indian addresses.
People depositing into their Betfred account from India have various ways of transferring money to Betfred. They include; credit and debit cards, NETELLER, PayPal, Skrill, myCitadel, cheque and bank transfer.
Paddy Power accepts accounts registered at an address in India.
Stan James will accept accounts set up from an address in India.
Stan James website says that it accepts all major payment facilities including; debit and credit cards, bank transfers and various e-wallet accounts.
Bet Victor accepts accounts registered to an address in India.
Bet Victor say that they are 'very keen to sign up Indian customers' and that they are not aware of any laws against online gambling in India. However, they do warn customers who are resient in India to check state legislation on online gambling first.
Boylesports will accept accounts registered to Indian Addresses.
Boylesports demand that you provide proof of identification when signing up. They do not accept Rupees direct from Indian bank accounts and advise that instead you use either NETELLER or Skrill.
Totesport allow people who have accounts registered to an Indian address to bet.
Totesport cannot confirm that if money is deposited from Indian bank accounts that they will be able to return winnings to those accounts. Instead they advise using Skrill. Accounts cannot be run with rupees and all rupees deposited will be exchanged either into euros or GBP.
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