he Goan government last week ordered the closure of Casino Pearl at the Bogmallo Beach Resort in Bogmallo and Grand 7 Casino at O Hotel in Candolim.
Both casinos were unable to continue operating immediately after the licenses expired and must be granted renewals for the five-star certifications by the government to continue gaming operations. Copies of the order of closure were sent to the police in North Goa, which shut down the facilities last week.
Casino Pearl is one of the largest gaming facilities in Goa and primly situated next to Bogmallo Beach and nearby Goa International Airport. The casino opened in 2010 and offers guests 24-hour gaming entertainment with several casino games. Grand 7 Casino is one of the most renowned casinos in Goa with a large selection of slots and table games.
With the closures, there a nine remaining onshore facilities in Goa, one of only two states in India with legal casino gaming. There are also four offshore facilities – Deltin Jack, Pride of Goa, Pride of Goa 2 and Deltin Royale – that are operating in River Mandovi and the government is trying to relocate.