Indian States That Allow Casinos

Indian States That Allow Casinos

Casinos are facilities where gambling is allowed, they are built with hotels, resorts, cruise ships, and other places of tourist attractions. The place will be equipped with gambling devices, gambling tables, etc. Earlier Casino were not linked with gambling they were public hall for dancing and music but in 21st century casino were linked with gamblers and huge amount of money changes hands in casino. Casino as place of gambling have soared in popularity not only in India but throughout the world.

Gambling in different Religion

Gambling is forbidden by many religions. Gambling is enshrined in Hindu mythology. According to a story Goddess Parvati played dice with Lord Shiva on Diwali. In Ramayana there are reference of archaic form of chess and also games involving dice.

The Mahabharata has many messages for harms of gambling. How the Pandavs lost everything, including their own wife Draupadi, in gambling. Gambling is not considered good in Hinduism it is considered as a vice which leads to loss of one’s wealth and brings evil in a person. But still gambling is not unknown to Hindus, they spend whole night playing various types of gambling games during the eve of Diwali. Lakshmi, is evoked constantly during a Diwali gambling session.

In Buddhist text of 300 BC, Indians gambling with nuts of the Vibhitaka tree as dice was mentioned. They believe gambling is a games of chance with tolerance. In Islam also gambling is banned, its a haraam because Allaah has forbidden it, and He rules as He wills. According to Islam gambling makes a person rely on accidents, luck and wishful thinking for his earnings, instead of hard work, the sweat of his brow and paying respect to the ways prescribed by Allaah. Muslims think it’s okay to do Lotto, but not casinos and table games.

Christianity doesn’t forbid games of chance. However, the church has stated that they are “mildly against it.” Judaism is yet another religion with a controversial attitude towards gambling. They allow games of chance having absolutely nothing against it, but the concept of people getting money without putting effort into it didn’t mesh with Judaism.

States that allow Casino

Gambling in India is illegal in all forms, even betting on horseraces or cricket matches is prohibited. According to Public Gambling Act of 1867, Gambling is a state subject and only states in India are entitled to formulate laws for gambling activities within their respective states. The states allowing gambling have legalized casinos subject to prior approval and authorization of the State Government on payment of a specified recurring fee.

In India, gambling is legal in only three states:

1- Goa

2- Daman

3- Sikkim

These states have their own gambling regulations and status, they have specific laws which prohibits running both online or offline casinos, as well as the usage of their service. They have made it legal for gambling companies to operate and these states even have land-based casino. However the lottery is legal in 13 states in India. One can play all the international online lotteries that are offered by platforms like Lottoland in the country. As these lotteries are occurring in foreign land so they don’t come under Indian gambling laws.

Goa is the first state to make gambling legal and opened the first casino in 1999. They have their own Public Gambling Act, 1976 which extend to the state of Goa and Daman and Diu. According to the act only at five star hotels or offshore vessels can set up casino with prior permission of the government. Thye tables games can be offered on board offshore vessels, under the terms of the license. Casinos in Sikkim is regulated by Sikkim Casinos Act, 2022, which covers certain casino games such as roulette, casino brag and blackjack. These games may be offered through the intranet within state of Sikkim only.

There are 10 casino in Goa of which 6 are land based while four are floating casinos in Mandovi River. Most popular Goa casinos are Deltin Jaqk, Casino Pride 2, Deltin Caravela, Casino Carnival, Casino Pearl, Casino Palms, Chances Casino, Crown Casino, Dunes Casino, and Casino Royale Goa. Sikkim have 2 casinos called Casino Sikkim and Casino Mahjong, while Daman has only one land based Casino by Deltin Group.


There are 13 Indian states have legalized the lottery these states are Goa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, and West Bengal. Lottery is illegal in the other 16 Indian states. The top Lottery in India are Lottoland, The Lotter, Lotto247, and LottoSmile.

Sikkim allows online lottery, which takes bets from throughout India players. You can also play International lotteries as they are not subjected to Indian Gambling laws. When you bet outside India and draw is outside India then Indian Gambling laws don’t come you just have to pay taxes when the money is received in India.

With advancement of technologies these entertainment form uses more dynamic software and impressive graphics which have led to increase in Online casinos not only in India but globally. People love to play lottery and betting money and there is no ban on online international lotteries as long as the draw happens on foreign land.

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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.