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Police raided a gambling den in Indore and arrested 13 people. Mani Sardar allegedly opened the parlor about three months ago, offering access to downloaded casino games on his computers.

 

Manohar Parrikar, chief minister of Goa, said he had denied Delta Corp. permission to start casino operations on the Casino Horseshoe, which was set to become the largest offshore casino in the state with 100 tables and 80 gaming machines. Parrikar had come under criticism from anti-gambling activists and opposition legislators for not blocking Delta from anchoring the new boat in the River Mandovi while expressing opposition to the gambling industry. The Horseshoe was to replace a smaller floating casino Delta previously operated in the river.

 

 

 

Two groups clashed with stones, guns and bombs in Mathura over illegal gambling winnings. Provincial Armed Constabulary officers were deployed and the police opened a case against 40 people.

 

Manohar Parrikar, chief minister of Goa, vowed to eliminate the state's five offshore casinos within four years. Parrikar has come under criticism after Delta Corp. moved this month to replace its floating casino in the River Mandovi with a much larger one. The state also has 10 onshore casinos.

 

 

Police arrested 15 people in a raid on a center for the illegal numbers game matka in Mumbai's Thane district, including the alleged leader of the matka ring, Vinayak Thakur.

 

 

The sports, law and home ministries are working on legislation to target bet fixing in the wake of a scandal that has seen three Indian Premier League cricket players from the Rajasthan Royals squad arrested. Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, the most prominent of the three players, meanwhile denied wrongdoing. 

 

 

Delta Corp. plans to anchor the Casino Horseshoe, its newest and largest floating casino, in the Mandovi river, the main area for Goa's offshore casinos, replacing its smaller Casino Caravela. The company would then shift the smaller casino to the far north or south of Goa.  The Horseshoe has about 100 tables and 80 slot machines.

 

 

Police raided the LVR Club, a prominent private club in Guntur which has been engaged in a long-running legal battle over hosting card games, and arrested eight people on charges of illegal gambling. The police seized 239,000 rupees ($4,350) in the  morning raid. Meanwhile, police arrested 35 card players and seized 635,830 rupees in a raid on a house in Delhi.

 

 

The sports ministry is looking into the possibility of legalizing sports betting to curb illegal betting and generate revenue, the Times of India reported. The paper said that once complete, the ministry will be forwarding its recommendations to the law, home and finance ministries. The ministry commissioned a study of sports betting in the UK and US three years ago, but then set aside the issue. 

 

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