Experience Las Vegas in Goa: The floating casino on the Mandovi

The Big Daddy Casino is touted as Asia's largest offshore gaming destination

Big-daddy-casino The Big Daddy offshore casino, on the Mandovi river

Touted as the biggest and most modern offshore gaming destination in Asia, the Big Daddy Casino in Goa is a floating casino which, its operators claim, is the largest yet on the Mandovi River.

Featuring no-limit tables, the casino targets travellers from around the world who are eager to score big with games like poker, baccarat, American roulette, blackjack, rummy and more. The three-deck casino is a unique blend of gaming and high living, with the stakes getting higher as you move up to the upper levels. For added excitement, guests can pit themselves against other gaming enthusiasts.

The Big Daddy Casino is a specially commissioned 72-meter long and 24-meter wide Panamanian vessel that is operated by Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited. It houses 110 tables in an area of around 50,000 square feet spread over three decks. A ferry takes guests to the casino from the Panjim port. There is an area designated for private gambling and it is also possible to book a private suite for gaming.

"The Big Daddy Casino offers world-class gaming experience and is equipped with gaming equipment at par with Las Vegas & Macau. From poker to roulette, Indian flush to andar bahar, we have it all for the gaming enthusiast. We have a special section for private gambling for families and groups of friends," said Narinder Punj, Chief Visionary Officer, and Mentor, Big Daddy Goa.

Unlike other casinos, this one has a special gaming room for kids. "We decided to have a special gaming room for kids to let young parents enjoy gambling without worrying about changing diapers or taking care of their little ones. We aim to bring as many high-end foreign and Indian guests to our ship, in order to generate revenue, employment, and also to boost tourism for the state of Goa," Punj added.

The luxury ship, built in 1995 with imported furnishing and interiors, also houses the Arab-themed Hazoor lounge that offers drinks and flavoured sheesha. In addition is Aish-o-Rum, Big Daddy's restaurant with live music, dancers, DJs and other artists showcasing their talents.

"We serve the best to our guests — from the best of local and global cuisines, unlimited premium alcohol, to non-alcoholic beverages, and several other things. The best part about Big Daddy is that we are environment-friendly and believe in recycling our waste," says Pareekshit Suvarna, head of customer experience and loyalty at Big Daddy.

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