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Delta Corp. reportedly plans to open a casino with  1,500 gaming positions in Goa next month. The news reports sent Delta's shares up as much as 6 percent on Thursday.  Delta already operates two of Goa's five offshore casinos and has been preparing to launch a third as well as its first onshore casino, which is being built in Daman.

 

 

Mumbai rural police arrested seven people in two raids for suspected gambling. Five were picked up in a raid of a room in the Hotel Kunal Lodging and Boarding but the hotel manager fled from the police. The five men, along with two others arrested in a separate raid, were released on bail. Rural police in Nashik also arrested 15 men for illegal gambling in three raids.

 

 

Ministers and legislators from the ruling coalition in Punjab state visited Casino Pride, one of Goa's largest offshore casinos, for three hours. The state is considering whether to become India's third to legalize casino gambling following a proposal to establish one near Ludhiana. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy dropped out of the 107-person tour at the last moment.

 

 

 

Police raided four gambling dens in Nagpur last week, making 31 arrests, also seizing Rs 55,900 in cash and 29 mobile phones.

 

With smartphones going mainstream and delivering gaming to a new, broader population, publishers and developers are keen to tap an audience beyond young males.  As women have explored a growing range of mobile games on Facebook or other platforms, they have been drawn to work in the industry.  The number of women hired by game companies has tripled since 2009.

Casinos in Goa will now be monitored. The Goa government has introduced stringent measures, which include casinos requiring customers to fill in a Know Your Customer form, in order to more closely monitor money laundering and terror financing activities.

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