Exclusive In developments that could adversely affect Goa’s casino industry; Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar changed the annual recurring license fee structure for onshore and offshore casinos in the state’s annual budget today. Now onshore casinos will have to pay accordingly to their area with a minimum fee of Rs. 2 crore per annum for a 100 square metre casino. Offshore casinos will have to pay according to the vessel capacity with a casino having capacity of up to 100 persons having to pay Rs. 6 crore per annum. The license fees previously stood at Rs. 2.5 crore per annum for onshore casinos and Rs. 6.5 crore per annum for offshore ones irrespective of their size or capacity.
In a sudden move, the Andhra Pradesh Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has written to the Central government run Computer Emergency Response Team India (CERT-IN) seeking a ban access to online lottery website MyPlaywin in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Playwin lotteries are run by multi-billion dollar Essel Group, which has diverse interests in media, infrastructure, hospitality, entertainment, lotteries and gaming.
The Goa government and opposition parties have been engaged in a major war of words over the state’s casino policy for the past few months. In January 2014, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced that the Goa Public Gambling (Amendment) Act of 2012 which barred entry of Goan residents into onshore and offshore casinos will be enforced from 1st March 2014 after rules and regulations regarding the same are notified. It was also announced that a Gaming Commission would be in place before 1st March to regulate onshore and offshore casinos.
After its successful Sports Law & Sports Betting Conference in October 2013, India’s top trade body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and ICE, the world’s leading gaming exhibition organiser collaborated to have a special “India Gaming Seminar” at the ICE Totally Gaming Exhibition in Excel London on 4th February 2014.
The Supreme Court appointed Justice (retired) Mukul Mudgal committee came out with its report on the Indian Premier League (IPL) fixing and betting scandal. The three member committee comprising of Justice (retired) Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court; L Nageshwara Rao, Additional Solicitor General of India and Nilay Dutta, Senior Advocate indicted Chennai Super Kings team principal Guruanth Meiyappan for placing illegal bets on IPL matches in violation of IPL Code of Conduct, Anti Corruption Code and other rules.
A few months after its landmark observation on poker, the Karnataka High Court has again come on the forefront in clearing the confusion about the legality of games of skill in India.
In an order dated 7th January 2014 in Kirana S & Others v. State of Karnataka (Criminal Petition No. 7648/2013), Justice HN Nagmohan Das of the Karnataka High Court (Bangalore bench) quashed criminal cases under Section 79 and 80 of the Karnataka Police Act, 1963 (offences of owning and operating common gaming houses) against 19 petitioners accused of playing rummy for stakes.
In this post, we present an exclusive interview with Professor Joseph Kelly, a leading gaming academic from USA who has worked in the gaming industry in various jurisdictions. Professor Kelly is a co-Editor of Gaming Law Review and Economics (GLRE) and his scholarly works on gaming are cited by various Courts. Prof. Kelly’s detailed profile is available here.
The world’s largest gaming conference promoters ICE Totally Gaming (in cooperation with top Indian industry body FICCI) have included a special India seminar as one of their major events for the annual gaming conference scheduled for 4-6 February 2014. The session titled “India Gaming Seminar” will be a day-long event on 4th February 2013 in London and is expected to discuss trends and opportunities in the gaming industry, regulation of online gambling, growth of the “skill games industry in India” (rummy and poker) and potential of the social gaming industry.
Top former cricketer Rahul Dravid and Ranjit Sinha Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India’s premier investigating agency, asked the government to consider legalising sports betting to prevent corruption in sport and bring revenues by way of taxation.
In a panel discussion on legalising sports betting organised by CBI to celebrate their golden jubilee, Sinha and Dravid made the comments on the need to legalise sports betting in the country. The event was inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the presence of Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal and Union Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s office V Narayansamy.
In what may be a first attempt by casinos to publicly run an advertisement campaign in India, two Sri Lankan casinos ‘Ballys’ and ‘Marino’ put up banners and hoardings in the Eden Gardens stadium at Kolkata during the ongoing India versus West Indies cricket test series.
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