Indian Casinos | Gambling in India
In recent times the Indian government has been working very hard to promote the country to the rest of the world. Often the slogan has been Incredible India with magnificent sites such as the Taj Mahal and the Ganges River being sold to the tourists looking for an alternative to sun, sea and sand.
But the second most populated country in the world, with 1,200,000 inhabitants, does not just have the potential for being a wonderful tourist location. As Lorien Pilling, director of research for Global Betting & Gaming Consultants says, “There is a huge propensity to gamble amongst the Indian population.”
Not only does India have the population but there are also been a recent explosion in modern technology in particular igaming. Statistics show that as of October 2011 there were more than 880 million mobile phone users in India giving it huge potential for gambling on the mobile networks (only China has more with 5.6 billion!)
As always though, it is legislation, or more aptly the confusion surrounding legislation, that may be the stumbling block in India. Considering that India has gambling legislation, which came into effect in 1867 then maybe it was time for a wholesale review? Having outdated legislation brings with it confusion with the major operators in the world unsure about how to progress.
So with the second largest population in the world, and the second largest mobile phone user base, then surely it is only a matter of time before there is a gambling breakthrough in India?