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Floating casinos planned for Goa

23 August 2007

DEHLI, India -- As reported by the New Zealand Herald: "The palm-fringed beaches of Goa attract millions of tourists lured by the white sands, dreamy blue water and trance parties held alongside the pounding surf.

"But the idyllic coastline of Goa is poised to get a controversial new addition in the form of a flotilla of floating casinos that will operate off shore in order to get around federal laws restricting such enterprises on the land.

"Reports suggest that up to 11 ships could be operating along the coast by the end of the year.

"...There is already one floating casino in operation in the area, the MV Caravela, but a report in the Indian Express newspaper claimed there could be floating casinos along the entirety of Goa's coast once tourism picks up after the monsoon season.

Among those planning to establish an operation there is RD Tuttle, an American citizen known as the 'Casino King of Nepal' after he pioneered a booming gambling industry in Kathmandu."

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