Have you heard of games called Black Jack, Poker, Teen Patti, Roulette and wanted to try your hand at those? You can in India but only in two states – Goa & Sikkim. The most famous state for gambling is Goa. People pour in from all over the world to enjoy the gambling experience provided by the posh casinos in this holiday state.
In India, the Public Gambling Act of 1867prohibits running or being in charge of a public gaming house or a ‘casino’. The penalty for breaking this law is a fine of Rs.200 or imprisonment of up to 3 months. Additionally, this Act prohibits visiting gambling houses. The penalty for visiting a gambling house is a fine of Rs.100 or imprisonment of up to one month. Until 1999, land-based casinos were outlawed in all Indian states. Later, Goa and Sikkim were exempted.
There are 10 casinos in Goa, out of which six are land-based and four are floating casinos that operate on the Mandovi River.
The floating casinos in Goa are:
- Casino Deltin Royale
- Casino Deltin Jaqk
- Casino Pride
- Casino Pride 2
As per the act of Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling ,1976, casinos can be set up only at five-star hotels or offshore vessels with the prior permission of the government.As per the recent amendment, the casino operators have to shell out Rs 5 crore for running casinos instead of the earlier license fee of Rs 1 crore. Apart from the above two major factors, the applicants have to abide by other formalities as specified in the Act.
Goa’s casinos have a cover charge that includes food, alcohol and some amount of chips to try your luck in the games within the casino. They also have amazing entertainment programmes that one can groove to all night.
Just like Goa, Sikkim is the only other state that has a casino. Casino Deltin Denzong is one of the famous casinos at Sikkim. It is located at the height of 6000 feet right in front of Mt. Kanchenjunga. You can also see an amazing view of the celestial bodies from there which feels surreal. The poker, casino wars, kitty are few games available in this casino. Another famous casino is Casino Mahjong.
Have you ever been in a casino?
This article does not encourage gambling in any way.