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Golden Game gets Sikkim license, eyes expansion

Golden Play Pvt. Ltd, an operator of online gaming in India’s northern state of Sikkim, plans to start casino operations and is eyeing further expansion in the region.

The company has won a provisional license to operate out of the the five-star Hotel D’Wang Residency in the Deorali area of Gangtok. It will be the fourth casino in the state.

Golden Play is linked to the Mumbai-based Golden Gaming and Lottery Group, according to GLaws India.

The provisional license is meant to enable the company to set up the necessary infrastructure for commencement of casino games in the hotel and is valid for six months.

Golden Play already runs online operations in the state, one of only two in India where casino gambling is legal. In theory, it is also permitted in the union territory of Daman, although Delta Corp, which has built an IR there, still has not received permission to begin operations.

Manoj Sethi, Director of Golden Play Pvt. Ltd. confirmed that the company had received a provisional license for operating a casino in Hotel D’Wang. He added that the company expects to start operations by April 2018, Glaws said.

Commenting on the development Sethi noted, “After receiving a good response to the online gaming and sports betting operations that we started in Sikkim in 2015, we have decided to operate a five star hotel and 12000 square feet casino in Hotel D’Wang Residency, in the heart of Gangtok. This will enable us to offer live casino games to our patrons as well, in addition to the online sports betting and gaming services that are already being offered,” he was cited as saying by the website.

“As part of our growth strategy, we would also be expanding in other states and territories where casinos are permitted. We are going to start a casino in Nepal- in the Hotel Cygnett Inn Krishna in Nepalgunj area, which is close to the Uttar Pradesh border and around 180 kilometres from Lucknow”, he added.

Sethi stated that the company is awaiting a casino license from the Nepalese authorities and is targeting to commence the casino in Nepal by the first half of 2018.

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