A public room in which gambling games are played is called a Casino. Casinos can be found along with a restaurant, a cruise ship or other tourist attractions. Setting up a casino is subject to state laws. Till date, only three states in India has legalized Casinos. Namely, Goa, Sikkim and Daman.
Rules to set up a Casino
A casino can be set up offshore with the prior permission of the Government. Casinos can only be set up in a five-star hotel. The license fee for running a casino is five crore (the earlier license fee was one crore)
Casinos in Goa.
In India, Goa has the largest number of casinos followed by Daman and Sikkim. In Goa, Casinos can be either onshore or offshore. About six to ten casinos on cruise ships can be spotted floating on the famous river Mondovi in Goa’s capital City, Panaji. You can visit the casinos either through online hotel bookings, or there is a jetty to take you to the floating Casinos. Some of the famous offshore Casinos in Goa are Casino Royale, Casino Carnival, Caravela Casino and Casino Pride. The former three Casinos are owned by Deltin group. The Pride Casinos are owned by the Pride group. Most of the offshore Casinos approximately charges an entry fee of Rupees 1500 per head. The casinos get crowded mostly during the weekends and festival holidays. During Holi and Diwali, the gambling revenue increases to more than 30- 40%. Casinos in Goa attracts a large number of tourists. Casinos contribute to more than one-third of the States total revenue. In 2013, the Casinos in Goa contributed to more than 135 crores to the state revenue.
Most of the Casinos in Goa are located around Panaji. Some of the onshore Casinos in Goa include Chances Casino and Resort, Dunes at the Zuri White Sands, Las Vegas (South Goa), Casino dice etc. The ambience, rich gaming experience, pools, a lounge is what makes these casinos stand out!! Most of the Casinos in Goa are offshore.
Casinos in Sikkim.
Sikkim got its first gambling approval in 2009. Hotel Royal Plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim first started Sikkim’s Casino. The Casino has online gambling as well. It is said that Casinos in Sikkim would be equally famous like Goa. Sikkim as such is a tourist attraction and renowned for its scenic beauty. Once the East Sikkim Airport opens up, it would be one of the most fabulous tourist destinations.
Casinos in Daman.
The Deltin group who owns quite a lot of Casinos in Goa got approval to open their first casino in Daman, in the year 2014. The Casino operates in a 60,000 square feet Resort. The share value of Delta Corp increased from 1.87% after the Casino was launched.