State Government of Kerala Mulls Licensing of Coastal Casinos

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The Kerala state government is mulling the possibility of licensing coastal casinos, but has yet to make a final decision.

Kerala, a southern state in India, is currently in the grips of its own debate about the regulation of its existing casinos, including how strictly to implement a new ban on locals entering the casinos.

“The government has not yet decided to give permission to casinos in coastal areas,” Kerala Excise Minister T. P. Ramakrishnan said, hinting that this policy could change in the future.

A year ago, the Kerala High Court ruled that playing rummy for stakes is considered gambling and thus an offense under the Kerala Gaming Act 1960. The ruling was considered a huge blow to online rummy and to skill gaming in India.

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