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Gaming

Big Daddy casino owner Gopal Kanda wins Haryana assembly elections

Controversial businessman and promoter of the Big Daddy casino in Goa, Gopal Kanda has won the recently held Haryana legislative assembly elections from his home town of Sirsa and has the unique distinction of being the first casino owner to have won an election in India. As per the results declared by the Election Commission […]

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Gaming

Amidst govt crackdown on Big Daddy casino, Goa CM assures of policy to relocate offshore casinos

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has told media houses that the proposed Casino Policy and appointment of a Gaming Commission are in the final stages of consideration and will be decided in due course of time. Sawant in his interaction with the media added that closure of offshore casinos will send a wrong signal to […]

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Gaming

Big Daddy casino starts operations in bigger vessel, actor Sanjay Dutt to perform at opening ceremony

Haryana politician Gopal Kanda-backed GoldenGlobe Hotels Private Limited has announced that it has commenced its operations in a new offshore vessel, MV Lucky Seven-that will house the Big Daddy casino at the Mandovi River in Goa. The casino vessel will house 110 tables in an area of around 50,000 square feet spread over three decks. GoldenGlobe’s […]

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Poker

Big Daddy (Maharaja) Casino’s poker room taken over by The Spartan Poker team

Exclusive The Spartan Poker team led by Managing Director Amin Rozani and his brother Vasim have taken over the poker room at the recently restarted Big Daddy Casino in Goa’s Mandovi River. While the terms of engagement between the Big Daddy casino management and The Spartan Poker are not fully clear, it is understood that there […]

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Poker

Multi-crore Baazi Poker Tour and IPC Events in Goa in January 2020

‘Tis the season for Poker players in India, as the year 2020 is starting with back-to-back multi-crore poker events, Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) and Indian Poker Championship (IPC), being hosted in Goa in January 2020. Pokerbaazi.com is hosting Baazi Poker Tour ‘20 (BPT ‘20), the third edition of the poker event. The event started on […]

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Gaming

Dan Bilzerian associates with fantasy gaming platform Livepools

Prediction-based real money fantasy gaming website Livepools announced its association with Instagram celebrity and high stakes poker player Dan Bilzerian at an event in Mumbai last week. Gaurav Assomull, the founder of Livepools announced that Bilzerian and his group had associated themselves with the fantasy gaming platform as investors, but refused to give further details […]

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Poker

Celebrity poker pro Dan Bilzerian to be special guest at IPC Goa

Instagram king and celebrity millionaire Dan Bilzerian, who is known for his flashy lifestyle and high stakes poker games, is set to make a guest appearance at the Indian Poker Championship (IPC) event in Goa, that is scheduled to be held from 11th-15th September, 2019 at the Spartan Poker Live Room onboard the Big Daddy […]

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Gaming

Goa CM says casinos important for tourism, defends inclusion of casinos in official tourism video

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant defended the inclusion of casinos in the state government’s official tourism promotion video. Sawant while interacting with the local press after attending a tourism department meeting stated, “In the present circumstance, tourists are coming to visit casinos as well. Keeping in mind that Goa is a tourist place and with […]

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Legal & Regulatory

Casino Strike gets interim relief from Bombay HC; allowed to resume operations on payment of Rs. 10 crores

The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court allowed Goan Hotels and Realty Pvt. Ltd., the company that operates Casino Strike in Grand Hyatt hotel, to resume operations on payment of a partial amount of Rs. 10 crores, in lieu of its license fee liability.  The High Court’s relief comes just one day after the […]

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Business Gaming

License fee hike impact: 2 onshore Goa casinos shut shop, 1 more forced to shut down

Weeks after the Goa government drastically hiked recurring annual license fees payable by onshore and offshore casinos by almost 400%, at least three onshore casinos have shut down operations, citing inability to pay the increased levies. The Crown Casino in  Hotel Crown and Carnival Casino in Marriott Hotel shut down operations last month due to […]