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Land ahoy for Goa’s casino industry suggests CM

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Goa’s new chief minister may yet decide to push forward with plans to relocate the state’s floating casinos to a new land-based entertainment zone

Goan government disregards onshore casino proposals

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Goan Tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has dismissed suggestions that the state’s six offshore casinos could be moved inland during discussions regarding a new draft tourism policy. The minister offered a simple “no, sir” to the question of new casinos in the area, raised by Nationalist Congress Party minister Churchill Alemao, during a hearing of the state legislative assembly. “The tourism master...

SPiCE a ‘tour de force’ for networking

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The Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference and Exhibition (SPiCE) 2019 was a “tour de force” of networking, panels and discussions among the industry’s top players. It opened at the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa in the Goan capital of Panjim on the 25th of February 2019 with a casual Pre-event Networking Function, titled “SPiCE Breaker”, followed by two days of...

Excitement builds with only 48 hours to go until SPiCE

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Excitement and anticipation is building amongst all those involved in the Indian gaming and sports betting industry as less than 48 hours remain for the kickoff of the Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPiCE) that is scheduled to be held from 25th- 27th February, 2019 at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, located in Miramar, Panaji. The event...

SPiCE 2019: An interview with Subject Matter Expert, Anutosh Chatterjee

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Anutosh Chatterjee is a Subject Matter Expert (SME ) in the global iGaming space., Anutosh has a substantial  knowledge and experience for the Indian subcontinent. Anutosh started his career in GVC holding in 2003 as part of their core marketing team and has been exposed to all aspect of real money wagering from paper lotteries to online betting. Anutosh has...

Goa’s government moves forward will plans for ‘casino strip’

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Local media reports suggest that Goa's floating casinos will be allowed to continue operations for a four-year period following the passage of the state's new gaming legislation which Delta Corp chair Jaydev Mody has welcomed as a potential “game changer” for the industry. In Goa, the government appears to be moving forward with plans to move the state’s six offshore...

Seats for SPiCE gaming event filling fast

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The seats for the much awaited Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPiCE) organised by Eventus International, in the scenic Marriott Resort & Spa, Goa, are filling fast due to incredible response by a number of gaming companies and regulators from across the globe. The timing for the conference to be held from 25-27 February 2019 is apt because...

SPiCE 2019: Deltin Group’s Manish Adnani discusses the sportification of skill games

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Eventus International "adds more spice" to SPiCE 2019, with pre-event networking cocktails on the 25th of February 2019 from 17:00 - 21:00 at Goa Marriott Resort & Spa. The SP'iCE' Breaker pre-event networking cocktail is proudly co-sponsored by Spartan Poker and will give all attendees the chance to BREAK THE ICE at SPiCE with HOT conversation and ICE COLD drinks,...

SPiCE Gaming Conference and Exhibition to be held in Goa Marriott Resort & Spa in February 2019

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The second edition of the Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPiCE), is set to be held on 26th and 27th February 2019, at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, located in Miramar, Panaji. The two day conference and exhibition, hosted by Hong Kong-based Eventus International, will be held at the serene Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, which is...

Goa’s floating casinos granted six month reprieve

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Goa's government has granted a six month extension for casinos operating on Mandovi River, Public Works Department minister Sudin Dhavalikar confirmed in late September. At present, the state is home to six offshore and 10 landbased casinos. The news came one day before the previous six-month extension, granted in April, was due to expire on 30 September. The latest extension...

Jay Sayta: An interview with SPiCE India advisor

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Jay Sayta is a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) graduate from W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata. He runs http://glaws.in India’s first and only website monitoring gambling, betting and lottery laws. Jay has researched and written extensively on gambling and betting laws for various online & offline publications and academic journals like The Statesman, Scroll, The Wire, Swarajya, Asia...

Bombay High Court orders Goa to clarify casino service fees

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Nearly six months after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence issued 10 notices to Goa’s casinos ordering them to pay tax on licence fees for the years 2014 to 2016, the Bombay High Court has ordered Goa’s tax department to justify why the service fees were introduced. The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court made the demand while hearing a...

Goa’s CM pushes forward with new casino policy

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Goa’s chief minister Manohar Parrikar has confirmed that the government will go forward with plans to move the state’s floating casinos to a new designated gaming zone and appoint a regulator for the sector. Goa’s chief minister Manohar Parrikar has announced that six offshore casinos on the river Mandovi will be shifted to a designated gaming zone within four years....

Goa’s chief minister rules out establishing gaming regulator

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While plans to establish a regulator for Goa’s casino industry were first announced six years ago, the state’s chief minister Manohar Parrikar stated that there were already “enough provisions to impose restrictions” on the gaming industry this July. More than a year after Goa’s Legislative Assembly announced plans to shift the state’s six offshore casinos to “a land-based designated entertainment...

Eventus-International presents all encompassing event on Indian gaming industry

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Whilst gambling and betting in India is heavily restricted, there have been periodic discussions on the need to reform and regulate the industry. With the national general elections scheduled to be held in April-May 2019, many believe that the time is ripe to discuss and deliberate on the possible options before law and policy makers, and to brainstrorm the investment opportunities...

Goa’s casino industry in a ‘state of flux’

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With the industry no clearer as to when Goa’s floating casinos will move to a new land-based entertainment zone, Ranjana Adhikari of Nishith Desai Associates, gives an insight into the factors affecting state’s gaming industry. On a basic level, India’s political structure is similar to that of the US, with powers divided between the central government and the states. According to...

Goa, going, gone?

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With the government dragging out plans to move the floating casinos on the Mandovi river to a new land-based entertainment zone, Edward Lowton asks what's on the cards for Goa’s gaming industry? The attitude of Goa’s government toward its gaming industry presents something of an enigma for the outside observer. While successive administrations have campaigned on an anti-casino platform, their...

Goa casinos could be shipped out to airport entertainment zone

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Licensed casinos in the Indian state of Goa could be pushed to relocate to a specially designated ‘entertainment zone’, under draft proposals set out by public works minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar. Aminister in the Indian state of Goa has detailed new plans for the region’s licensed casinos to be based in a demarcated gambling zone near the airport, prompting concerns that...

Eventus and Probability to deliver on social development initiative in Goa

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Eventus International and Probability Gaming have not only joined forces to promote each other in business, but they will also be working together to reach out to the community of Goa.   Both teams will begin the week with a visit to Valentina’s Little Heaven, situated within 20kms of the Park Hyatt Hotel, where the first ever Sports Betting & Gaming...

Roll out of amended Goa Gambling Act held over

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New legislation which will see Goa’s six shipboard casinos moored on the Mandovi river moved to a land-based “special entertainment zone” within the next three years has been held over until 2018.   While the state had announced it would reveal its new casino policy in December, but chief minister Manohar Parrikar has since stated that, while the amended Goa Gambling...

Reboat: Golden Globe Hotels to launch Goa operations on a different vessel

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As Danny Kaye once struggled to remember in The Court Jester, “The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.”   Golden Globe Hotels has also had problems keeping track of its vessels; after its floating casino, MV Lucky Seven ran aground earlier this year, the company has...

On the Beach: Parrikar to take a decision on relocating Goa’s floating casinos by December

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Goa’s sixth casino vessel, Lucky Seven, finally got off the Aguada sandbar while chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, has affirmed he will take a final call on shifting the state's floating casinos before December.   Goa’s Manohar Parrikar-led coalition government approved a six-month extension to the off-shore casinos in the Mandovi River at the end of September. Parrikar told reporters that a policy...

Parrikar pushes the boat out: floating casinos to be replaced by land-based entertainment zone

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Goa’s chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, has informed the state’s legislative assembly that the five casinos which currently operate on the Mandovi River will be moved onshore to a new entertainment zone, which the local press has already characterised as“a mini Las Vegas”.   Like a scene from Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, Goa’s floating casinos could soon be rolling off the Mandovi river...

Goa’s casinos granted extension but face fee hike

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Goa's recently elected government has introduced a new annual budget that will see the state’s land-based and floating casinos facing increased fees in 2017.   The latest increase marks the third consecutive year casino fees have been raised, and the fee hike includes both annual recurring and licence transfer fees. The floating casinos in Goa, India’s smallest state, will be required to...

Winding river ahead for Goa’s sixth casino

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The Goan government has been ordered to activate a dormant sixth offshore casino licence following a court defeat, but in the wake of a hung parliament after elections this March, what does the future hold for the casinos on the Mandovi river?   It’s been far from plain sailing for Goa's sixth floating casino, however following a high court ruling Casino...

Possible Goa casino 
expansion could be torpedoed by demonetisation

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Off-shore casino gambling could be expanded in Goa, however, the state’s operators are struggling to stay afloat under the weight of ongoing demonetisation woes. In the coastal state of Goa, one of only three Indian states to permit some form of gambling, the state cabinet has moved to redefine the term “off-shore casino” in the Goa Gambling Act which it...

Goa could see a sixth casino on the Mandovi River

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Goa’s chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has confirmed that he is considering the renewal of an offshore casino’s licence, but on the condition that the operator pays its outstanding fees including interest and penalties.   “We will not allow any more offshore casinos in the state, but out of the six offshore casino licences, one casino licence was not renewed due to...

Goa could see another offshore casino

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Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has suggested that a further offshore casino could be soon added to the fleet of five operational casinos in the Mandovi River off Panaji.   Parsekar said that renewing the licence of another non-operational offshore casino, formerly owned by a company operated by former Haryana home minister Gopal Kanda, would earn Goa Rs 50-60 crore (between E6.7...

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