Goa Gambling Laws

Goa, an Indian state lined with beautiful beaches and plenty of tourist activities, is one of the few states where gambling is regulated.

Does the Goa gambling regulation make online gambling legal? And where can you play casino games in Goa? This and more will be answered in this easy-to-read guide.

Last updated on 7th January 2022

Published: 04/06/2021

Categories: Guides Gambling Laws , State Gambling Laws

How to gamble from Goa

Gambling legally from Goa can be done in three ways:

  • By entering and playing any of the casino games offered at land-based casinos;
  • Taking a feeder boat to one of the casino boats on the Mandovi river;
  • Logging in and playing at any of the foreign online casino sites available to desi players in Goa.

Unless you wish to experience land-based casinos, our recommendation is to use an online casino. Not only are online gambling sites completely free from entrance fees (unlike the physical casinos), but they also offer a much larger selection of games and payment methods.

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Yes! Goa is one of the few states in India where gambling is regulated and therefore legal. There are sixteen casinos in Goa, ten land-based ones, and six boats located on the Mandovi river.

However, there is a catch; only Indians visiting Goa, or foreigners, can use these casinos. If you’re a resident of Goa, you won’t be allowed access to the physical casinos!

That said, Goa has no specific laws against online gambling at foreign casinos, so you can play at these as much as you want. The only thing you need to make sure of is to not play within a “gaming house” that lacks a license.

Gambling Laws in Goa

Since Goa has regulated gambling, the gambling laws in Goa are different from other states who use the national Public Gambling Act, 1867.

In Goa, all gambling is regulated according to The Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976.

This Act specifies what makes a gaming house and mentions the licensing required to operate a casino–something that’s currently only given to 5-star hotels and specific boats.

The Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976

The Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976, fails to mention anything regarding online gambling.

Unlike Sikkim, who has regulated games online as per their Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Act, 2008, and their regulation rules from 2009, online gamblers in Goa are free from laws and regulations.

Since online casinos are not mentioned in any Goa law, and they are not using the national laws, players in Goa can play at foreign online casino sites like 10CRIC, Pure Win, and Casino Days without issues!

Casino in Panaji

Playing casino in Panaji is easy, seeing as all of the land-based and sea-based casinos are located in the city or just across the river from here!

You’ll find the Deltin Suites Casino and Deltin Royale in the Nerul and Reis Magos villages, the Deltin Royale Casino Ship in Ram Nagar, and the Deltin Royale Casino in the northern shoreline of Panaji itself.

This is a city with an excellent internet connection, so you can obviously also enjoy the wide selection of foreign online casinos from here.

Casino in Vasco da Gama

If you wish to enjoy casino entertainment closer to the Goa airport, Vasco da Gama is a good choice. The city is close to beautiful beaches, has a Japanese garden and a 17th-century fort.

There are no land-based or sea-based casinos here like in Panaji, which means that you’ll have to use your internet connection on your mobile device to play.

There are plenty of great online gambling sites that accept players from Goa, so all you have to do is choose the one you like the most and start playing!

Lottery in Goa

Goa is one of the 13 Indian states who organize their own lottery as per The Lotteries (Regulation) Rules, 2010.

The lottery has been legal in Goa since 1995, and in November 2020, previously existing lottery draws were ended to make space for a new one; the Dear Shubhlaxmi Lottery, tickets costing ₹10 apiece.

Players who wish to participate in draws for lower or higher amounts than that for the chance of winning crores worth of rupees should check out online lottery tickets. They allow you to play some of the largest lottery draws in the world!

Sports betting in Goa

Unlike Sikkim, where sports betting is allowed from within casino establishments, Goa has not yet legalized betting on sports.

However, online casinos that offer their services to Indian players in Goa often also offer a sportsbook.

These sportsbook sites act as digital bookies, allowing you to place bets on most larger cricket matches and leagues in India. Some even offer odds on Kabbadi!

Horse racing in Goa

Almost as per proxy, horse racing and betting on horse racing is legal in Goa. Even though there are no laws forbidding horse racing betting, there are no racecourses in Goa as of yet.

As you’d have to be physically present at the racecourse to place bets, the next best thing is to head online to satiate your thirst for horse betting.

Offshore online gambling sites offer odds on a variety of horse races and other horse sports like polo and dressage.

Status on Rummy, Poker, Flush and other card games

Like in states who follow the Public Gambling Act, 1867, Rummy is considered a game of skill in Goa and is therefore legal. In other words, players in Goa can play Rummy, as long as it’s not done from within a gaming house.

Card games like Andar Bahar, Teen Patti, blackjack, and baccarat, are all available to you online. Casinos online often offer a wide selection of live dealer tables, with bet limits ranging from just ₹1 to several lakh!

To sum it up

Gambling in Goa is fun and easy and can be summarized in a few bullet points:

  • Visitors in Goa can gamble at physical casinos in the state
  • No law prohibits you from gambling at online casinos, as long as the casino is foreign and you aren’t gambling from within a gaming house.
  • Online operators allow a wider selection of payment methods, like Paytm and Google Pay.

Goa is one of the most liberal states in India when it comes to gambling. Savor the moment and enjoy the world’s best online casinos here at SevenJackpots.

Punya Varma Associate at Touchstone Partners

Last audited on 30th June 2021

By Punya Varma

Associate at Law Firm Touchstone Partners

Disclaimer: This material is for general information only and is not intended as legal advice and no duty of care is owed to any reader. The readers of this material are requested to engage their own legal counsel in order to make any legal or business decisions and to obtain legal advice specific to them.

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