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Goa Trading Freak Flag for Cash Bag?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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GOA WAY Indian pilgrims Goa, the hippy party capital of India, a secret freak haven for Israeli soldiers on leave and the birthplace of the Goa-Trance, may be turning into the type of place Donald Trump or Wayne Newton dig the most.

The city is preparing to host India's first million-dollar poker game. And lately, casino licenses have even outpaced Al Qaeda threats against its be-yarmulke'd visitors.

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Still, locals are unhappy with this development, criticizing casinos as "criminal" and "prostitution-oriented." They obviously haven't been keeping abreast of the news or may actually prefer Goa's reputation as a "pedophile's paradise."



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