Sikkim bans locals from online gambling

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling announced that local residents of the state will be banned from accessing online betting and gaming parlours set up by Golden Gaming, reports.

In a public meeting in Rumtek town, Chamling stated that going forward, local residents of Sikkim will not be allowed to play at online betting shops. He further warned that if locals are found betting in such shops then Golden Gaming (the only company that is offering licensed online betting in the state at present) will be banned from the state.

In 2016, the Sikkim government amended the Sikkim Casinos (Control & Tax) Rules to ban persons residing in the state from entering casinos. However, at that time, the state government did not issue a corresponding notification to amend the rules relating to online gaming and betting parlours, leaving a lacunae in the legal provisions that banned locals from playing in casinos in five star hotels but allowed them to place bets in gaming centres and parlours across the state.