New Horseshoe Casino in Goa starts operations

23 August 2013

After all the noise and tension of the past four months, it seems like finally Casino Horseshoe is ready to begin its operations. Casino Royale, also operated by Delta Corp, has taken the spot on the Maldovi river of older vessel Caravella. 

Casino Horseshoe is the fourth offshore casino vessel in the River Mandovi, alongside Casino Royale (newly renamed “Deltin JAKQ”), Casino Carnival and Casino Pride.

Two weeks ago, Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) granted Horseshoe consent to operate, and the vessel also received a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the captain of ports (CoP) to operate and ply the vessel in the inland waters of Goa for a period of one year.

Confirming that the Goa government has granted permission for the change in vessel, DCL chairman Jaydev Mody said "We will begin casino operations on Horseshoe from Friday night." (as for August 16th)

Horseshoe, a catamaran of 87 by 22 meters, has a capacity of around 400 persons, and will have 80 slot machines and about 100 gambling tables. With similar capacity as Casino Royale, it is the largest casino vessel in the Mandovi river, giving a much more spacious feel to the gaming user.  Horseshoe offers multi-level gaming floors along, with restaurants and high end VIP areas, and the largest poker room up-to-date in India.

In June, Goa´s chief minister, Mr. Parrikar had rejected permission to the vessel to start operations on grounds that it did not have permanent plying permission from the CoP.

At that time, while rejecting the permission Parrikar had said on a facebook  that a vicious campaign was being run about a supposed change in stance by his government on casinos. Pokerwala ecoed the matter in an article called ·difficult times ahead for Goa casinos·.

It seems that things have finally worked out, and an accommodation has been reached in both parties.  It is reasonable to think that Goa´s chief minister’s decision to restrict the number offshore casinos in Goa to five and not grating new licences, should not be conflicting with permitting license holders to replace vessels.

  Let´s see what is the next episode on the matter. In any case, the new poker room in Horseshoe casino is good news for poker in India and the India poker player. Also, this is a very much needed injection of hope for Goa´s struggling casino industry.  


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