Indian conglomerate Essel (Zee) Group is planning to start an offshore casino in Goa by the name of ‘Casino Maharaja’, according to inside sources.
The casino will be Goa’s sixth offshore casino, with the others operated by Delta Corp Group and Pride Group.
Essel Group first announced the offshore casino in 2009, but the vessel has remained in limbo for more than seven years since, stuck in need of a permit. It was billed to have been South Asia’s largest floating casino at the time.
Essel already operates state government lotteries in a few states under the brand name ‘Playwin’ and has recently started pokernation.com, an online poker website.