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Mysore police arrested 152 people for alleged gambling in a six and a half hour raid on the Lakshmipuram Sports Club. Police alleged the group was playing cards. The police also seized 450,000 rupees ($7,500), a bison head and an antler during the riad.

 

 

Panaji police filed a negligence case against M.S. Fernandes, the captain of the MV Boa Sorte, and other managers from owner Casino Carnival following the drowning of Saidanush Reddy, a 20-year-old student who fell from the boat into the Mandovi River. The government last year raised the admission age to Goa casinos to 21 from 18, but the National Students Union of India demanded that the bar be raised further to 25 following the student's death or that the state’s casinos simply be shut.

 

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the state's new gaming commission will be "ready by August". State gaming law amendments adopted last August required the establishment of the commission but little has been heard since. An official said every casino will be required to make a commitment to the commission on a minimum payout ratio that will then be monitored by the agency.

 

 

The chief minister for the Indian state of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, was accused of lying to Goans about the need for casinos to supply revenue for state-run projects such as seniors’ homes.  Addressing the media, Congress spokesperson Aleixio Reginaldo Lourenco said that Parrikar had previously told the state legislative assembly that casino revenue would be bad for Goa.

 

 

Police have shut down more than 1,000 commercial card clubs in Bangalore as part of a crackdown on gambling. The clubs are licensed to operate card tables alongside sports facilities such as badminton courts and table tennis but police say 90 percent only offer cards, with many involving high-stakes rummy that they say can lead to deadly fights. One club official said that some 15,000 cashiers, dealers and other staff had lost their jobs because of the crackdown but much of the higher stakes activity has moved to hotel rooms and serviced apartments.

 

 

The Punjab government plans to allow horse racing in the state, the Times of India reported. The state cabinet has approved the draft bill for the enactment of Punjab Horse Race (Regulation and Management) Act 2013, which will legalize setting up of race courses as well as betting on horse racing in the state. Commentators said the move looked likely to supplant plans for a casino project in the state.

 

 

 

 

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.

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