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Nepalese Casinos Offer Betting on Cricket

16 March 2004

KATHMANDU, Nepal – As reported by the Kerala Next: "Who says you have to be in Pakistan to enjoy the cricket series between traditional rivals India and Pakistan? You can do it in the comfort of six casinos in Kathmandu, which are offering free food and drinks, a giant screen to watch the matches and the opportunity to place online bets. You do not even have to set foot outside your house.

"Kathmandu boasts of six casinos, each one located in a five-star hotel.

"The oldest casino in the Himalayan kingdom is Casino Nepal at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza, while the most publicised is the Casino Royale at Yak and Yeti, where criminal Charles Sobhraj was arrested while playing.

"The other four are Casino Anna at Hotel de l'Annapurna, Casino Radisson at Radisson Hotel, Casino Everest at Everest Hotel and Casino Tara at the Hyatt.

"Nepal Recreation Centres, the management company that runs all the casinos, made gaming history this month when it became the first land-based casino to offer online playing services as well.

"…Saturday's one-day international between India and Pakistan in Karachi attracted some serious betters, with one businessman from New Delhi placing Rs.20,000 on Pakistan and losing it in one swoop when Inzamam-ul-Haq's team lost…"

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