For those who are accustomed with luxury and with the pompous character of the Bollywood industry, the ideal place to visit is Deltin Royale Casino, the biggest casino in India, located in Goa. Luxury, opulence, live music, exotic dancesc, restaurants with the world’s finest cuisines, exclusive poker rooms and Indian Flash – this is how we can describe this paradise dedicated to players and this is how tourists that go to Goa are welcomed if they choose to visit Casino Deltin Royale. Located on the west coast of India, Goa still preserves some artifacts that remind of the Portuguese domination.
Unlike the more well-known cities of Delhi and Mumbai, which are ideal if one wants to better know the cutomes and culture of India, Goa is a paradise full of exoticism, when there are non-stop parties and there is a tropical vibe that competes with even the most exotic islands that became now gaming attractions in themselves – like the Carribean islands or the Dominican Republic. This off-shore jewel of India, which is often presented as an entertainment destination which must not be missed, was inaugurated under the auspices of Delta Corp, the most important player of the Indian gaming & hospitality industry, marking altogether the launch of a new brand under the name of Deltin, under which all the casinos and hotels in Goa that belong to Delta Cord will be coordinated – both the present ones and those that are planned to be built. At its inauguration there were many well-known stars from Bollywood, but also important celebrities from Goa – a master illusionist, a violonist, but also other talents from various fields. ”Our primary focus has always been on providing premium experiences as we stand for luxury and glamour at each of our properties and the Deltin brand is an accurate reflection of that”, said the chairman of Delta Corp, Jaydev Mody.
The floating casino in Goa
The floating casino, as the tourists often call it, as it basically stands on the surface of the water – has no less than 850 slot machines, 123 live table games and 30 roulettes that cover in total 40.000 square meters. Moreover, it also has gaming rooms that are especially built for special guests – three of them also having rooms for their accomodation, but also a section dedicated to dinning and entertainment a la Vegas and a bar lounge named „Whiskys”, with a fine selection of distinguished drinks. Hee one can also find the largest space for poker in the entire India, under the name of Royale Poker Room.
The casino is in fact a ship of 4.280 tons, 85 meters long, with five floors and it is anchored on the shore of the Mandovi river. It is not the only casino of this type, with other three situated along this river, namely Deltin Jaqk, Casino Pride and Casino Pride 2. These are only a few of the total 15 casinos in Goa, where tourism is one of the main sources of income. More than 2 million tourists come annually to visit this island, and 30% of them also go to casinos. BBC recently estimated that over 15.000 visitors come daily in the Goa casinos, and the number is growing by 30% each year. Goa is the largest gambling destination in India and brings 95% of the gaming revenues in India. Back to speaking about Deltin Royale, the first floors are dedicated to regular customes, whereas the superior ones are reserved for exclusive members. It follows that the ground floor is reserved for table games and slot machines, at the first floor are the restaurants, and from the second floor up spaces are reserved for the members of the club and high roller players. The most popular games are Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Five Card Poker, Mini Flush, Casino War, Pontoon or Treasury 21, Money Wheel, Sic Bo, Andar Bahar. After having enough of these games, those who feelt the need for a break can relax in the Sky Bar, at the top floot – where the whole landscape of the rives Mandovi spreads before your eyes.
The danger of the demonetization politics – going after India’s tax evasionists
Well, all the general shining that characterises this casino was shadowed last year, when it was put in front of the dark perspective of closing its operations. The government led by Narendra Modi announced its demonetization measures, taking 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes out of the system – consequently, 80% of the total cash went out of circulation, which affected the activity of casinos as well. The measure was taken as an attempt to discourage and catch tax evasionists. This was a dificult moment for all casinos in Goa, and some of them even suspended their activity temporarily. The managers of these casinos stated that they ran out of cash in order to give change to players or pay their winnings.
The casinos is still opened non-stop and, to the astonishment of the visitors, it has a dress code for men – no shorts or flip flops, but no such code is imposed for women. In order to have access inside, you must be at least 21 years old and pay an entrance tax – which shows one more time the exlusivist character of this casino. The entrance taxes vary along the line of $36 (normal pacj), $58 (premium pack) and $110 for VIP. For those who are under 21, the tax is $22, without the permission to play, and for kids an entrance tax of $15 is imposed.
Which is truly spectacular about this casino is the fact that is combines entertainment with the the more pragmatic useful side of things: for example, it offers recreational programs for children, sustained by a magician, but also live music moments with bands like Crimson Tide or famous Bollywood bands. Well, for a more chill atmosphere, stand-up comedians were contracred, and during the weekends a dance crew performs can-can. Over 1.500 employees are there to make sure that everything functions perfectly and in line with a casino’s demands. An admirable fact is that many employees are enlisted in free courses about the hospitality industry, as part of Delta Institute, a program created through Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Deltin Royale Casino is a place which must be on the list of places to visit, especially bu those who admire elegance and high class entertainment. The guests on this wonderful ship will feel like part of a floating mirage on the banks of this miniature Indian Ganges river and at the same time part of a classy experience either they are or not VIP clients.