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Online casinos and websites have made gambling accessible to punters wherever they are but playing the odds in person at a physical casino has a very unique draw to it.

However, in India, casinos are legal in only three states, namely Goa, Sikkim and Daman - and hence, the physical establishments are concentrated in these three regions.

India mostly features two types of physical casinos - floating and land-based. Floating casinos can mostly be found in ships, often permanently anchored on water bodies like rivers. Land-based casinos, on the other hand, are more traditional establishments built on land.

A casino is a facility where gamblers can test their fate, intuition, skill and intelligence in different types of games. Casinos are usually constructed near or combined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail shopping, cruise ships and other tourist attractions. Few casinos are popular for hosting live entertainment such as stand-up comedy, concerts and sports.

Let’s have a look at some of the top land-based casinos in India:

Casino Carnival

Casino Carnival, located at the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa, was set up in 2001. It features slot machines and different types of table games including Blackjack, Baccarat, 5 Card Poker, American Roulette, Slots and Progressive Jackpots. Casino Carnival is one of the most popular casinos in India.

Casino Paradise

Considered to be one of the most popular land-based casinos in India, Casino Paradise is located in the basement of Hotel Neo Majestic in Panjim, Goa. Managed by Pride Group, Casino Paradise provides several gaming facilities comprising Baccarat, Blackjack, Mini Flush, Horse Racing, Wheel of Fortune, Tai Sai and Slot Machines.

Casino Palms

Situated within La Calypso Hotel in Baga, Goa, Casino Palms is the largest and most spacious land-based casino in North Goa. It offers an electronic gaming experience and table games such as Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Teen Patti, Mang Patti and Indian Flush.

Big Daddy Casino

Big Daddy Casino is a land-based casino located on the coast of Mandovi river in Goa. It features 900 gaming positions, automatic machines and 100 tables. Big Daddy Casino offers Andar Bahar, Roulette, Baccarat, Rashi Wheel, Mini Flush, Backjack, Casino War, Indian Flush, Papplu (Indian Rummy) etc.

Casino Mahjong

Operated by Trio Ventures, Casino Mahjong is located at the Mayfair Spa Resorts in Sikkim. The Casino has a monastic theme with the colonial architecture of Sikkim. Spread across 7000 sqft, Casino Mahjong offers live gaming tables and also has a poker room with several tables. It also features a VIP gaming room and state-of-the-art slot machines.

Deltin Daman Casino 

Opened in 2017, Casino Daman is a land-based integrated resort located in Daman. It has 60,000 sq ft of gambling area with approximate 1,500 gaming positions. Casino Daman also offers more than 170 rooms and suites, restaurants, multiple banquet halls, a pool, lounge, a business centre and 24-hour gym as well as indoor games and a spa.

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