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THE SIZE OF GAMBLING MARKET IN INDIA

Over the years, the gambling market in India has been severely restricted by the government as they have strictly regulated gambling and gambling related activities, allowing only lotteries and horse racing.

In India, gambling is a state subject, and only states were entitled to make legislation that affects its activities in their locality. In states like Maharashtra, online gaming is a banned offence. Only three states allow casinos, and they are Goa, Daman, and Sikkim.  In this three states, casinos can only be played in five-star hotels or offshore vessels with permission from the government.

India’s Public Gambling Law prohibits running or being in charge of a gambling center this law comes with a penalty of up to ₹200 or imprisonment of up to 3 months while those who participate in gaming are made to pay ₹100.  The Information Technology Act 2000 of India also prohibits the transmission of information that can corrupt people and this includes gambling which comes with a punishment of ₹100,000 or imprisonment up to 5 years.

Most Indian nationalities who criticize gambling claims that it could lead to crime, corruption and money laundering while others who are in support of it argue that if gambling is properly regulated, it will lead to revenue generation. It is difficult to forsee them allowing games such as Leprechaun Goes to Hell Slot being played in rural Punjab any time soon!

Strict regulations on gambling in India have given rise to a high number of illegal gambling throughout the country.  Presently, the India gambling market is estimated to worth over US$60 billion per year. The expected revenue rate has generated interest of foreigners who are eager to make profit from the India gambling market with companies such as William Hill and Ladbrokes who have decided to win the gaming licenses offered by the state of Sikkim, which is the only Indian State to provide gambling license.

In 2016 fiscal year, the total revenue generated from the gaming market in India is estimated to be US$1,059.08 million, and the figure is expected to rise by 17.6 % between 2017 to 2021 and reach US$2,229.90 million by FY2021.

The growth in the segment can be attributed to increasing lottery ticket sales, and a whopping tourism and hospitality sector. One of the biggest problem faced by players in India is the fact that depositing to foreign account is very difficult; most gamblers pay money online using Neteller or Moneybookers, others attempt to use Visa or MasterCard which may fail. To get around these blocks, savvy internet users have started making use of e-wallet services for depositing.

For India to compete favourably with countries such as Singapore, Macau, and Malaysia, there is a need to create a law that will promote gambling and attract leading gaming experts to invest in the industry.

The government also needs to encourage individuals interested in investing by removing all forms of restriction.  If these limitations are not removed, local gamblers may be forced to look for gambling destinations such as Singapore, Macau or Malaysia.

With the tremendous potential and revenues expected to be generated from the Indian gaming market, the world awaits to see if India will open its doors by creating a conducive environment for gamblers to operate and generate income.

 

 

 

 

 

Dirty Dancing

DIRTY DANCING TRIVIA

It has been nearly 28 years since Johnny Castle affirmed that “Nobody puts baby in a corner” in the 80’s classic Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing is a romantic drama dance film about an innocent upper-class girl “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) who goes along with her parents on a summer retreat. There, she becomes interested in Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), the resorts dance instructor. Baby abandons her sophisticated dance and entertainment arena of her friends and family and goes on a dancing adventure with Johnny, engaging in a new type of dance which is all about thrills and sensuality.

Baby then grows obsessed with this style of dancing, and as she regularly works with Johnny, she faces some challenges which include her parent’s disapproval, rules restricting fraternization between staff and guests and challenges in the wait staffs personal lives.

Dirty Dancing is a fantastic movie with an interesting plot, there are even Dirty Dancing Casino Slots, and almost 30 years later, there’s still a lot that leaves fans puzzled. Here are some facts about this iconic movie which has grossed over $215 million worldwide.

  1. PATRICK SWAYZE CONVINCED JENNIFER GREY TO STAR IN DIRTY DANCING

In the movie Red Dawn, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey didn’t get along so well so Jennifer almost passed on the role of Baby until she was convinced by Swayze that it would be a mistake. I fact, in the scene where Johnny seems angry with Baby while rehearsing their choreographed dance wasn’t staged as he was frustrated that she kept laughing. It’s wonderful that the producers decided to keep that scene eventually.

  1. THE MOVIE WAS INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF SCREEN WRITER ELEANOR BERGSTEIN’S LIFE

Like Baby, Bergstein grew up in Brooklyn, her father was a doctor, she visited the Catskills in the 1960’s, she was called “Baby”, and she learnt to dance at house parties. However, in an interview with The Age in 2005, Bergstein admitted that there’s also a great deal of Johnny in her- she knows to dance dirty too.

  1. THE LIFT AS AT THE VERY END OF THE MOVIE WAS A ONE-TIME TAKE

Grey was so scared of making the famous lift move that she refused to practice beforehand. Luckily for her, they got it right first time, and since then she hasn’t done the move again.

  1. THERE IS A SLOT GAME ON DIRTY DANCING, AND TILL TODAY MOUNTAIN LAKE LODGE REGULARLY HOSTS DIRTY DANCING WEEKENDS

Dirty dancing is extremely popular in popular culture, and there have been a few spin-offs, and Dirty Dancing themed events and franchises.

Funny as it seems, there is a casino slots gamebased off the Dirty Dancing movie. Also, The Pembroke, Virginia resort where a majority of the Kellerman’s scenes were filmed consistently hosts Dirt-dancing themed weekends yearly.

  1. SWAYZE TRIED TO REMOVE THE MOST FAMOUS LINE FROM THE MOVIE

Yeah, ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Swayze said he initially hated it, but once he saw the completed movie, he admitted it worked.

What Kind of Lottery Player Are You?

Playing the lottery can be extremely fun and immensely rewarding for a few lucky players who scoop the enormous prizes in the games. But while people have a great many lottery traditions and experience the game differently, there are three major types of lottery players out there. So, think about your lottery habits and take a short quiz brought to you by theLotter to find out which of these three types of players you are.

  1. How often do you play the lottery?
    1. Whenever I feel really lucky or whenever there’s a huge jackpot.
    2. Every single week, I have a subscription for my favorite one(s).
    3. I put in a lottery ticket from time to time if I read about some large jackpot.
  2. When do you check lottery results?
    1. I usually read the numbers online the day following the draw.
    2. I get notifications about my wins after the draw from my online lottery service.
    3. Usually when I stumble upon old lottery tickets.
  3. What is the current amount of the US Powerball?
    1. I’m not sure, but they have the biggest jackpots, so I usually play it.
    2. Since last Saturday was a rollover, the jackpot is worth exactly $153 million.
    3. Powerball was the one with the billion-dollar jackpot, right?
  4. Where do you keep your lottery tickets?
    1. I always put them in my lucky box next to the large window in the kitchen.
    2. I usually buy my tickets online, so they are properly stored in a safe.
    3. My wallet, if I’m lucky, but I did find a lottery ticket in my jacket pocket last month.
  5. Have you ever won anything in the lottery?
    1. Not yet, but I have EuroMillions tickets for Friday, so that might change pretty soon.
    2. I’ve won several low-tier prizes, but my big win is just around the corner.
    3. Do scratch-offs count?
  6. What would you do if you won the $656 million jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery?
    1. I would probably travel the world and start a charity foundation.
    2. I would use it to take the stock market by force. And build my own company, of course.
    3. $656 million? I could buy literally anything.
  7. Would you ever consider playing the lottery as part of a syndicate?
    1. Maybe I could do that with my friends, sure, why not?
    2. I always do because it really increases my chances of winning.
    3. What’s a lottery syndicate?

Mostly a’s – The Enthusiastic Player

You view the lottery as an excellent opportunity to make your life even better, which is why you always put in a lottery ticket when you’re having a particularly good day. All of your positive energy makes the game fun for you, and even if you only get two or three of the winning numbers, you still get to feel like a million bucks. With such an amazing attitude, you are bound to scoop one of those big jackpots one day.

Mostly b’s – The Calculated Player

For you, playing the lottery is more than just a game of chance. You know that if you are persistent enough and use the best play strategies, you will get your big win some day. You enjoy the excitement of the lottery, but you take it very seriously. With such dedication and careful planning, your lottery fortune can’t be too far ahead.

Mostly c’s – The Detached Player

Playing the lottery can be fun, but you don’t really make a habit out of it. If you happen to hear about an enormous jackpot though, you’ll put in a ticket because, who knows, it may actually make you rich. The most important thing you need to win the lottery is a huge stroke of luck, but you also need a lottery ticket, so remember to buy one from time to time.

Wise Owl Sports Betting Service Review

One of the services that’s consistently ranked in the top three for documented online sports services is Wise Owl Sports. Founded by industry Sharp, Mike Wise, Wise Owls is considered one of the models of consistency over the last ten years in sports picks.

Mike Wise and his team have receive rave reviews for their exceptional customer service and friendly staff over the years, earning themselves multiple awards for their service. It’s easy to see why they’re so friendly once you find out that they also have a 66% overall winning record for the last eight years. That’s as impressive of a streak as you’ll come across in all of the world of sports betting in any country or sport.

Mike Wise has been featured in various national publications for his success in sports picking over the years. Forbes magazine, Yahoo Sports, ESPN radio, and Gambling911 are just a few of the prominent media outlets that have acknowledged Mike Wise and his incredible winning percentage over his career in sports picking. Not only is he popular amongst national publications, but Mike Wise has also been featured by other sports services for his plays. Multiple online sports handicapping services have outsourced their picks to Mike Wise and his team at Wise Owl Sports. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business as a consultant, like Sports Information Traders and SportsLynx as well as acting as a consultant for College Football Oddsmakers much like Kenny White does. Not only is he in high demand from his clients, but also his peers, and it’s hard to argue with that considering his 66% winning percentage.

Mike Wise solidified his spot amongst the sports handicapping world’s elite when he won an amazing 71% of regular season plays in the 2014 NFL season, which is still the best season on record for any documented sports handicapper in history. And old-school handicapper who doesn’t rely on formulas or anything other than his team of resources and his knack for picking sports winners, Mike Wise has shown that his style still works better than anyone else even in this age of sports picking formulas and data analysis implemented by other sports handicapping services.

Wise Owl Sports is one of the most reputable and consistent services in the country, especially in the three major American sports: Football, Baseball, and Basketball. And it doesn’t matter if it’s in the pro game or its college counterpart, Mike Wise and his team are always ranked consistently among the best in the business. We highly recommend their team at Wise Owl Sports Service, and think they’re worth strong consideration next time you’re looking for consistent and quality sports picks.

Do You Know Your ‘Learning Style’ ?

Your learning style will influence the way you solve problems, and understand information, so making sure you know your individual learning style is crucial! Not only for children, but for adults too!

There are three main styles, they are:

• Visual
• Auditory
• Tactile

Some people will fall into just one category, however a lot of people can be spread across 2 styles, and therefore use a combination of different learning styles to assist and help them.

Below is a quiz courtesy of Edustaff, where you can find out your individual learning style:

How Grey Are You In The Bedroom?

Traditionally, us Brits have been labeled as ‘prudes’, and slightly conservative when it comes to our sex lives. However a recent survey conducted last year could not prove this more wrong! According to the survey, Briton was listed as the fourth sexiest country in the world! That paired with the UK sex toy industry worth around £250 million a year, maybe it’s time to break the stereotype. We certainly are in the bedroom…

With the UK becoming more and more adventurous, SKYN Condoms have created a quiz, to see just have grey you are in the bedroom. With the top score being 50, and questions ranging from: How often do you have sex? To: What’s your idea of great foreplay? It will definitely grab your attention, and test your limits to see just how risky you are in private!

Take the quiz below to find out your result, there’s also a chance to win some SKYN samples in their giveaway!

How to Organise a Good Pub Quiz?

Take any town, any city in any part of the UK and you will find  pub quizzes most nights of the week.  There are an estimated 22,000 quiz nights every week in the UK and this creates a lot of competition. But how can you make your pub quiz stand out? What could get people into your venue on a cold, wet Tuesday night in the middle of winter to answer Trivia questions? I have travelled the country played in pub quizzes and here are some of my tips on how to organise a good pub quiz.

First and foremost you have two prime considerations…venue and night of the week. If you’re pub is is the middle of nowhere, with very few transport links then maybe a quiz night isn’t for you. I have attend many quizzes in remote locations only to find 3-4 teams taking part and more often than not, the quiz being cancelled. In the city centre and town-central pubs then you already have won half the battle!

The selection of the night of the week is important too….We all know that Pub Quizzes tend to take place between Sunday-Thursday as they are designed to get people into the pubs on slow nights. Never forget this fact…the quiz is to drum up business. As much as I would love pubs to make the actual quiz the event itself, its merely a side show whilst you fill up their tills with cash! In recent years many quizzes have failed due to bad selection of nights. My tip would be to avoid Tuesday and Wednesdays. I have turned up to dozens of quizzes on these nights only to be told, in no uncertain terms, that the quiz wasn’t on because of Champions League Football, or the latest England game….do you think I went back? Therefore night selection is key….Sundays and Thursdays tend to be best attended.

The next step in the organisation is crucial and it involves advertising. Look online and you will find it baffling….some pubs you know have a quiz don’t advertise anywhere and without walking in and asking you will never know its on. Some pubs advertise quizzes that don’t exist due to out of date websites or newspaper listings. What you need to do for your pub quiz is get word out there….make sure everyone in the local area who wants to know knows. How can you do this….the answer comes in three easy parts –

1)      Get a notice in the pub! This sounds simple but so many people fail to do this. Make sure that anyone walking past the pub, or is in the pub at any time, knows the night of the quiz and time. On quiz night, get an advertising board outside….”Quiz Night – Tonight – 8pm £200 to be won”

2)      Social Media – Facebook, Twitter etc….make sure your quiz is advertised on there and the night before/day off make sure it is visible to all.

3)      Newspapers – The local press carries listing which may be out of date. Its often free and in the entertainment section so get on the phone and make sure it’s the right date and time listed in the paper.

Now you have done the ground work, the venue is right, the people are aware of the quiz and all it takes is for you to give them a great quizzing experience and people will be hooked. I have met people all around the country who have attended the same quiz week after week for decades…these are the people you want to make your quiz, and ultimately your business, succeed!

 

The World Quiz Championships

The World Quiz Championships

 As an avid quizzer I have always wanted to test myself at the highest level. Having competed on various TV shows, in quiz leagues and pub quizzes, I found out about the National UK Circuit. The next event on the calendar was the prestigious World Quiz Championships which take place each June. This was back in 2012 and finding one of the venues was Edinburgh, just a shirt ride away I decided to plunge myself in at the deep end and take part in the World Quiz Championships….and I have never looked back since.

The World Quiz Championships take place across the globe with thousands of players taking part in locations ranging from the UK to Belgium, The USA to Mexico, and Indonesia to Nepal. You name it and there will be a venue close by. The IQA who organise the event spend months planning, preparing, translating and communicating with their wide range of proctors world wide to ensure The World Quiz Championships run smoothly.  This dedication has seen The World Quiz Championships grow from strength to strength.

Who competes? Anyone and everyone! There is no criteria to who is allowed to take part, no qualification, no testing….as I said when I first attended back in 2012 I simply paid my entry fee (Around £13 for newcomers, £25 for returners) and there I was competing with the big names of the quiz world including Eggheads, Chasers and Mastermind winners.

What is the format? The World Quiz Championships is much like a school exam. You sit a series of papers which vary in subject and difficulty. Each paper contains a range of questions on a given subject (Media, History, Science, Sport etc etc) and you simply read and answer. The deathly silence in the hall gives plenty of room for concentration. Marking is done by an opposing player so you find out answers straight away. After two 90 minute sessions you discard the lowest score and add up your total and submit your answer slip, signed by you and a marker. Your World Quiz Championships is therefore done!

Usually by the end of the day you will have a national result and then it’s a case of watching the Internet to wait from results from far flung places to arrive. The World Quiz Championships organisers are very good at keeping people informed via social media and online so before long you will know how well you did!

The World Quiz Championships is obviously a challenge and many of the questions you may well never have heard of let alone the answers but it is intended to separate the best from the best. Don’t be out off by the toughies, there is something in there for everyone. Great at sport? Then you will see your world ranking in each particular field. The World Quiz Championships results are detailed so you can see exactly how you measure up.

The content of the questions obviously stray from the usual British/American centred so you learn plenty of new information from the The World Quiz Championships and may even discover some area of knowledge to explore.

But all in all the The World Quiz Championships is a great social occasion too. After the main event each venue will have team quizzes for fun, extra add on events and even drinks and food. You will meet wonderful people, make friends and above all have a great day quizzing. The World Quiz Championships is a growing event and long may it continue.

The History of Quizzes

There are an estimated 22,000 pub quizzes every week held in Britain. Combine this with a TV schedule packed with quiz shows and a thriving board game market and it soon becomes apparent that quizzing is big business? But where did quizzing begin and what is the history behind one of Britain’s most popular pastimes.

Tracing quizzing history is difficult to say the least. The use of the word “quiz” pre-dates the invention of the pub quiz as we would know it today. It was first used in a mocking sense to describe an “oddball”. The pub quiz as we know it today began to emerge in the 1970s when Burns and Proctor began to nationalise quizzing. Individual pub quizzes had been in local establishments for at least 20 years prior to Burns and Proctor’s arrival on the scene but there attempt to unify the quizzing scene encouraged pubs to dedicate a weekly quiz night.

During this period Pubs began to realise how profitable quizzing nights could be and there started the trend. Long after Burns and Proctor died out, establishments up and down the country began to put more time and effort into making their quiz night the most appealing. Top quizmasters were in demand and quizzing had truly taken off.

As technology developed so did pub quizzing. Pictures rounds and music rounds began to emerge with more frequency and the quality of hand-outs, questions and presentation improved. But with this came a downside. Googling. Smart-phones with the ability to retrieve answers to quiz questions within a matter of seconds began to become commonplace and cheating in pub quizzes became all too frequent. To this day the opening introduction of a quiz night usually involves a warning against googling answers, something unthinkable 20 years ago. Pub quizzing remains strong but will the ever improving access to information ruin this tradition? Only time will tell.

Quizzing however will always survive on television as it continues to grow. Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? was event television rewarding great quizzing with big money. Eggheads this year celebrates ten years on screen and itself relies on the appeal of World Champion quizzers to draw in viewers. Mastermind and University Challenge continue to be successful. A glance at the ratings each week will show quizzing programmes dominate the upper echelons. From serious quizzers to family viewers every avenue is covered in the world of TV quizzing.

But that is far from all…..there is a serious side to quizzing that has a long history yet still in many ways is in its infancy. Quiz Leagues are evident in cities and towns across the country with thousands taking part each week. Certainly no googling here! A quick browse of the Quiz League of London website shows they size of interest in competitive quizzing. Quiz Leagues in Sunderland and York hold claims of being the oldest with origins in the 1960s.

Throw into the mix the emergence of the National Quiz Circuit and you begin to see how seriously quizzing is taken. From TV faces such as Kevin Ashman and Barry Simmons down to local eager quizzers, the circuit in Britain is the biggest in the world. Each month for the past 10 years or so serious quizzers have assembled across the country to pit their wits against the best. The World Championships continue to grow with over 2000 players in 2013. The history of quizzing may indeed lie in pubs and televisions, but with Google on the rise and pubs on the closure lists, leagues and competitive quizzing could well be the future?