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Delta Corp, India’s leading gaming company, continues to face delays in opening a casino at its luxury integrated resort in Daman, raising concern over the operator’s revenue prospects and dampening hopes for land-based gaming in the country.

Casinos are only legal in three Indian states -- Goa, Sikkim and Daman -- with Goa taking the lion’s share of the market at about 95 percent. Delta Corp dominates the sector and recorded gaming revenue of about $41 million last year, representing about half of total revenues from the business.

Delta Corp, India’s leading gaming company, continues to face delays in opening a casino at its luxury integrated resort in Daman, raising concern over the operator’s revenue prospects and dampening hopes for land-based gaming in the country.



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Cricket enthusiasts in India are rushing to place their bets before their country takes on Australia, who bookies favor will win the World Cup cricket semifinal in Sydney.

Police have formally charged forty-three people who were arrested in January during an illegal casino bust.
Police busted the illegal casino in Gurgaon, a leading financial and industrial city in the state of Haryana, nabbing 16 employees, including the owner, the Times of India reported.
Eleven of the employees were men and five were women from Nepal who were trained in operating casinos.
Those detained included share brokers, businessmen, builders and people from affluent families, police said.

A key Supreme Court hearing that may finally set the framework for legal gambling on games of skill in India has been delayed once again. 

The court was to hear whether the game of rummy, online or offline, could be played for profit on January 14th, but that has now been pushed back again to April 29th.

A key Supreme Court hearing that may finally set the framework for legal gambling on games of skill in India has been delayed once again. 

The court was to hear whether the game of rummy, online or offline, could be played for profit on January 14th, but that has now been pushed back again to April 29th.



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As the cricket World Cup gets underway, mock betting sites are seeing an increase in Indian punters playing for non-cash prizes.
After beating Pakistan on the weekend, Indian sports fans are flocking to sites such as Betmockers, India Bet and Lagai Khai for a chance to win iPhones, tablets and other prizes, in a country where betting with bookies remains illegal, The Economic Times India reported.
George Oborne, managing director of IndiaBet.com told the Times that these sites and apps provide a safe alternative to unregulated forms of gambling in India.

Genting Group’s Cruises to Nowhere could soon be sailing in Vizag, the third largest city on the east coast of India, in partnership with a local airline.
Malindo Air, which recently launched direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, will be in talks with the Genting Group to bring the cruises to Vizag, local newspaper the Deccan Chronicle reported.

The Deltin Group expects to re-launch its Casino Caravela offshore casino boat in the near future after a year of refurbishing to create a luxury floating resort.

Goa’s casino boats are still facing political opposition, despite a pledge from the chief minister of the state to allow existing businesses to remain afloat.
Independent legislator Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte has threatened to withdraw support from the BJP-led government unless it stops all casino activity, both on and offshore, according to local media.

Deltin Group’s Casino Caravela offshore casino boat is set for a relaunch after a year of refurbishing.
The ship, to be renamed the Deltin Caravela, will be a five-star floating hotel and is expected to be ready for operations within a month, according to local media.
The company already operates the Deltin Royale and the Deltin Jaqk.

The government in the Indian state of Goa will not permit new casinos, but will allow existing businesses to stay, according to local media reports.
That comes despite a pledge last year from former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to shift casinos by December of 2015.
“We will not allow new casinos in the state but we can't disturb the existing casino business which is contributing revenue to the state," Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said, adding that existing casinos cannot be asked to move out as it would lead to litigation.

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