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5 things you need to know about Gambling and Casinos in Goa
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

As a brand new year inches closer, everyone’s flocking to Goa. Naturally, because Goa is one of the best places to welcome the New Year, with a lot of merriment, if we may say so.

It’s also quite common to try one’s luck at the glitzy and inviting casinos in Goa –  many of them anchored on the Mandovi river, all decked up with lights and looking rather irresistible.

casinos in goa rules, entry fee, age

But before you spin the wheels of your fortune, it would be wise to read through and remember these important points about gambling in Goa.

(1) Government Entry Levy at  Casinos in Goa – Any visitor to a Goa casino is obligated by law to pay INR 700 to obtain a receipt for government levy. If one is found inside any casino without this levy receipt, it is considered to be a punishable offence; hence it is absolutely necessary for an interested visitor to obtain this receipt.

Note: Usually one does not have to pay this separately as almost all entry fee packages in the casinos of Goa consist of this entry levy.

(2) Minimum Age of Entry at Casinos in Goa – Minimum age of a guest at a Goa casino has to be 21yrs to qualify for entry. Although parts like the restaurants and other non-gambling areas of the casinos might be opened up to those below 21yrs, the gaming areas are strictly off limit.

(3)Smoking at Casinos in Goa – Smoking is not allowed in any of the Goa casinos, although some of the places might provide patrons with a separate smoking room. This could be reserved for VIP patrons, so check with the staff in advance.

casinos in goa over river mandovi

(4) Game Types at Casinos in Goa – Broadly there are two types of games available in Goa – The Slot Game and Table Games. The slot machines are not very popular in Goa as they are not high with pay out. Most machines accepts currency notes where the pay outs have to be collected from the attendants, the only pay out received in modern slot tickets is obtained from the casino at Deltin Royale. For the Table games in Goa, the  minimum bets start at INR 50 for Roulette and INR 100 for all other games which include -  Baccarat, Money Wheel, Black Jack, Texas, Hold’em Poker, Casino War, 3 and 5 card Poker, Mini Flush, Tai Sai, Andar Bahar along with Roulette.

(5) Gaming chips at Casinos in Goa – The Casinos in Goa use a variety of chips but the most commonly used ones are Cash Chips, OTP Chips, and Rolling Chips which are used in every casino. Cash Chips are regular chips received after a cash buy-in. The winnings are given out only in cash chips which are then accepted at the cashier’s counter to be exchanged for cash. Next, OTP Chips are those which cannot be encashed and are a single time play chips. Finally, Rolling Chips are another variant of non-cash chips. When a player wins a bet made with a rolling, she is paid with a cash chip while the chip with which the bet was originally paid remains with the player till the player loses it in a bet. These chips are usually the staple of big players who purchase large buy-ins.

Did you know?

Gambling is not legally permitted in most of India. Goa is one of the few states in India which offer legalized casino gambling.

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