As “live” gambling (different from slot machines) is banned in India, the Casino Goa, set up in the cruise ship MV Caravela, has managed to circumvent the rules, appealing to Indian high rollers who used to hop across the border to Nepal for their gaming fix. Originally, 10 floating casinos were proposed, but following widespread opposition by a still conservative community (presumably led by the Catholic Church), the number was whittled down to five. After years of monopolising the market, Caravela operator Advani Pleasure Cruise Co. will soon be facing stiff competition from the likes of Nepal casino king Richard Tuttle, who reportedly will launch a three-storey luxury vessel as well as Hotel Leela, which is said to be teaming up with a prominent businessman who runs several electronic casinos located in local hotels, for gaming facilities in a catamaran.
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