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Sikkim welcomes Kapil Dev as he launches India’s first legal sports betting website in Gangtok


Kapil Dev grace the beautiful city of Gangtok, Sikkim for the inauguration of India’s first betting website by Golden Gaming International Private Limited. On May 16, 2016, Sikkim became India’s only state to house a legal sports betting center.  

Kapil Dev, the former captain of the Indian cricket team in 1983 is considered one of the best fast bowlers in Indian cricket’s history. Also, an all-rounder, he led the Indian cricket team to unparalleled success by bringing home a World Cup in 1983. Born on 6 January 1959, he started his cricket career in 1975, at the young age of 16. From the very beginning, he showed great promise. This led BCCI to take a chance on him in 1982 and declared him as the captain of the Indian Cricket team.  

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Kapil Dev at Cricket World Cup, 1983 

With BCCI betting on him in 1983 to bring India glory, it seems natural that Kapil Dev inaugurated the legal sports betting complex. Golden Play Private Limited, a subsidiary of Golden Gaming International Pvt Limited also launched a casino in Sikkim. Online gaming and betting are set up in accordance with the State Government of Sikkim’s regulatory and licensing laws, the Sikkim State Online Gaming (Regulation) Act 2008, and Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Rules. 

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Golden Gaming Sikkim

Sikkim is the only state within the Indian territory to explicitly permit sports betting. However, it is highly regulated, a prerequisite for operating is to get a license to offer such services under the Sikkim Act. 

This isn’t the only thing that sets Sikkim apart from any other place, besides trying your hand in the game of luck there is plenty of things to enjoy. There is something for everyone, whether you’re an adrenaline junky or like serenity, whether you love nature or love to live in luxury, Sikkim has it all. 

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Majestic Sikkim

If it is adrenaline rush and heart-racing thrills one seeks, Sikkim not only has gambling but also has many adventure sports to offer. Mountain biking and Rock-climbing are some of the most exciting ways to explore Sikkim’s hilly terrains. However, if it is the crisp breeze that is appealing, Paragliding, Hang-Gliding, and Bungee Jumping are the way to go. For the lovers of water sports, Sikkim offers white water rafting too.  

On the other hand, if one seeks peace they will certainly not be disappointed. The many lakes and valleys of flowers are a visual delight. For the spiritual traveler, visiting the monasteries that adorn the state is a great way to connect with the divine. Sikkim can also wash away your physical stress with its hot springs, hence promoting holistic healing. 

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Tathagata Tsal Sikkim

There is still more to see, from trekking to Yak rides, Sikkim is the gift that keeps giving. The delicacies of the local cuisine are a must-have and no trip to Sikkim is complete without the Gondola rides. On digging deeper, there is just a world of excitement and adventure at Sikkim. Much like the legendary Kapil Dev himself, Sikkim too is a glorious all-rounder waiting to awe you with its many facets.   

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