Timings: 6 pm to 4 am
Games: 10 slot machines
2 Roulette tables
1 Flush table
1 Baccarat table
Take a bow, Nepal. Step aside, Goa. Make away for the new royal player.
Sikkim few months ago became the first and only State in the entire length and breadth of the nation when Ex-State tourism minister RB Subba set the roulette rolling from the ‘Casino Sikkim’ at The Royal Plaza here today evening adding yet another ‘first’ to the glittering tourism crown of Sikkim.
This ‘first’ is Sikkim now officially rounding off a slew of national tourism awards with ‘the first land based live casino’ in the entire length of breadth of the nation.
Mr. Subba reminded that there has been an annual increase of 20 percent in the inflow of tourists to Sikkim in the recent years.
Former Chief Minister SM Limboo was also present during the opening ceremony.
“It was soft opening. They invested Rs. 30 crores more to have a full-fledged casino in a bigger room in the next 3 months”,
“I am really looking forward to attract high rolling clients and that will depend in the Pakyong airport whose Bhoomi puja had been done yesterday. The airport is scheduled to be completed by two years which is ample time for me to market my casino”, said Naresh Subba, director of The Royal Plaza, a part of the Teesta Rangit group.
Presently the casino has ten slot machines, two roulette tables, one blackjack table, one baccarat table and a flush table manned and operated by a specialized and experienced team from Nepal. The casino is open daily from 6 pm to 4 am.
The Teesta Rangit Private Ltd has tied up Kishore Silwal who runs 3 casinos in Nepal for technical tie up for the Casino Sikkim.
Expectedly, the tables and machines were packed with enthusiastic players, many of whom were first timers.
It may be recalled that the State government on November 13 last year had authorized Teesta Rangit Private Ltd for installation and operation of casino games at the premises of its luxury hotel, The Royal Plaza.
The Sikkim government had set the dice rolling when it notified the Sikkim Casino Games (Control and Taxes) Rules, 2007 thereby inviting interested parties for setting up casinos in the State.
Apart from carving a niche for itself as a major tourism player, Sikkim government stands to gain with an amount of Rs. 1.5 crores which will be paid by The Royal Plaza as taxes in the next 5 years