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Goa Bets on Tourist Dollars After Casino Go-Ahead

6 September 2006

GOA, India -- As reported by the (British) Guardian: "Goa, India's beach paradise, is set to become the country's gambling capital after local politicians said the state would allow 10 more floating casinos to operate offshore.

"The tiny former Portuguese colony is the only state in the country to allow casinos. However, local opposition in the last three decades has limited gambling to one floating casino and a clutch of five-star hotels with slot machines.

"Driving the new policy is the rising number of tourists - the state's 1.3 million population becomes a minority in the peak season.

"...Gambling remains largely frowned on by Indian society, although the country has long had a horseracing culture..."

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