Casino Operator Delta Corp Gets Rs 11,140 Crore Tax Notice

Delta Corp said that it will pursue all legal remedies to challenge such GST demand. (representational)

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Casino operator Delta Corp said on Friday it has received a notice from the government to pay a tax of Rs 11,140 crore along with interest and penalty for the period July 2017 to March 2022.

The tax notice comes at a time when the company, valued at over Rs 47,000 crore ($566 million), is already facing heat over the recent move in July by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to impose a 28 per cent indirect tax on the money collected by gaming companies from customers.

The GST amount claimed is based on the gross bet value of all games played at the casinos during the relevant period, Delta said, adding that a show cause notice will be issued to the company if it fails to pay.

“Demand of GST on gross bet value, rather than gross gaming revenue, has been an industry issue and various representations have already been made to the government at an industry level in relation to this issue,” the company added.

Delta said that it will pursue all legal remedies to challenge such tax demand and related legal proceedings.

While global investors have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the 28 per cent gaming tax, citing an adverse impact to prospective investments of about $4 billion, the country’s revenue secretary had clearly said there was no need to rethink the tax.

On the other hand, gaming companies have started feeling the impact of the new 28 per cent GST tax and gaming app Mobile Premier League last month said it would lay off 350 employees to “survive” the tax.

Delta Corp shares have lost about 29 per cent since the government proposed the new 28% GST in July.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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MGM Resorts is back online after a huge cyberattack. The hack might have cost the Vegas casino operator $80 million.

If you had planned on staying at one of MGM’s Las Vegas locations in the coming weeks, there is some good news: The casino and resort operator has managed to restore functionality to its customer-facing electronic systems, following a cyberattack against MGM’s systems that lasted 10 days.

On Sept. 10, MGM Resorts first became aware of the data breach, which affected everything from casino and hotel computer systems across its Aria, Bellagio, and MGM Grand locations, to the company’s corporate email, restaurant reservation, hotel booking, and digital key card access.

Despite the company’s announcement on X, formerly Twitter, on Thursday that operations had returned to normal, a number of users still reported issues with its mobile app. MGM said it was still working on fixing “those channels.”

Rival casino owner Caesars Entertainment also disclosed last week to federal regulators that it was hit by a cyberattack Sept. 7. It said that its casino and online operations were not disrupted but it could not guarantee that personal information about tens of millions of customers, including driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers of loyalty rewards members, had not been compromised.

Details about the extent of the MGM breach were not immediately disclosed, including the kind of information that may have been compromised and how much it cost the company.

Gregory Moody, professor and director of the cybersecurity program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, pointed to quoted estimates that the computer shutdown cost the company up to $8 million per day, which could put the cumulative effect at $80 million. But Moody also noted that MGM Resorts reports annual revenues above $14 billion, which would mean it averages at least $270 million in revenues per week.

The company reported Wednesday that systems handling resort services, dining, entertainment, pools and spas were operational and its website and app were taking dining and spa reservations while the company worked to restore hotel booking and loyalty reward functions.

Experts said the attacks exposed critical cybersecurity weaknesses at MGM and Caesars and shattered an image of casino invulnerability.

“At this point, all casinos should be moving to the highest defensive posture possible and taking active measures to verify the integrity of their systems and environment, and reviewing — if not activating — their incident response processes,” said Christopher Budd, a director of threat research at cybersecurity firm Sophos X-Ops. “There’s been attacks against multiple casinos, and it’s possible we’ll see more.”

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Daniel Craig wasn’t as good looking as other Bond actors, feared Casino Royale director

In an interview with Express UK, Casino Royale director Martin Campbell revealed that he was concerned that actor Daniel Craig wasn’t as good-looking as other Bond actors to be cast as James Bond. Daniel’s name had been suggested in a list of other actors to replace the previous bond, Pierce Brosnan.

“So I just thought about that for a minute and apart from that, absolutely it was always him.”- Martin Campbell

Martin had previously directed Pierce in the 1995 Bond film “GoldenEye” and was returning to direct a new Bond movie after Pierce’s exit after “Die Another Day” which was released in 2002.

“My only reticence with Daniel…he was really a superb actor, there’s no doubt about that,” began Martin.

“It was the fact that people like Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan was that they were all traditional-looking Bonds. All handsome guys, all sexy, all very attractive to women and so forth.”

“Daniel was obviously tougher and rugged, but he wasn’t a traditional handsome guy,” he shared.

“So I just thought about that for a minute and apart from that, absolutely it was always him.”

As per Martin, there were eight contenders for the role.

Explaining the process of selection he said, “So I just thought about that for a minute and apart from that, absolutely it was always him.”

“You sit around a table…It was myself the producers, the casting director, etc. And you go through the eight people and you put your hand up as you talk through each person and ultimately everybody has to be unanimous in their decision, if you see what I mean.”

Interestingly Henry Cavill was one of the actors who was being considered for the role during that time. Talking about Henry, Martin said that he “looked great in the audition” and “his acting was tremendous,” but “he just looked a little young at that time back then.”

Ultimately, Daniel was cast for the role. However, his selection did not win praise from all sides especially the media who thought he didn’t fit the part.

“It was unbelievably negative, I have to say,” said longtime Bond casting director Debbie McWilliams in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2021.

“The press response was awful and I felt so sorry for him, but in a funny kind of a way I think it almost spurred him on to do his damndest to prove everybody wrong.”

Consequently, Daniel played the iconic 007 in five movies. He said his goodbye to the role in 2021 after his last Bond movie “No Time to Die.”

Cyberattacks strike casino giants Caesars and MGM

People walk by the MGM Grand hotel-casino Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Las Vegas.

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LAS VEGAS — Casino company Caesars Entertainment on Thursday joined Las Vegas gambling rival MGM Resorts International in reporting that it was hit by a cyberattack, but added in a report to federal regulators that its casino and online operations were not disrupted.

The Reno-based publicly traded company told the federal Securities and Exchange Commission that it could not guarantee that personal information about tens of millions of customers was secure following a data breach Sept. 7 that may have exposed driver’s license and Social Security numbers of loyalty rewards members.

“We have taken steps to ensure that the stolen data is deleted by the unauthorized actor,” the company said, “although we cannot guarantee this result.”

Brett Callow, threat analyst for the New Zealand-based cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, said it was not clear if a ransom was paid or who was responsible for the intrusion — and for the attack reported Monday by MGM Resorts.

“Unofficially, we saw a group called Scattered Spider claimed responsibility,” Callow said. “They appear to be native English speakers under the umbrella of a Russia-based operation called ALPHV or BlackCat.”

Scattered Spider also is known as UNC3944, said Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer at cybersecurity firm Mandiant. He called the group “incredibly disruptive and aggressive” in recent targeting of hospitality and entertainment organizations.

“They leverage tradecraft that is challenging for many organizations with mature security programs to defend against,” Carmakal said in a statement.

Mandiant said in a blog analysis published Thursday the group uses SMS text phishing and phone calls to help desks to attempt to obtain password resets or multifactor bypass codes.

“This relatively new entrant in the ransomware industry has hit at least 100 organizations, most of them in the U.S. and Canada,” Mandiant said.

Caesars is the largest casino owner in the world, with more than 65 million Caesars Rewards members and properties in 18 states and Canada under the Caesars, Harrah’s, Horseshoe and Eldorado brands. It also has mobile and online operations and sports betting. Company officials did not respond to emailed questions from The Associated Press.

The company told the SEC that loyalty program customers were being offered credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

There was no evidence the intruder obtained member passwords or bank account and payment card information, the company reported, adding that operations at casinos and online “have not been impacted by this incident and continue without disruption.”

The disclosure by Caesars came after MGM Resorts International, the largest casino company in Las Vegas, reported publicly on Monday that a cyberattack that it detected Sunday led it to shut down computer systems at its properties across the U.S. to protect data.

MGM Resorts said reservations and casino floors in Las Vegas and other states were affected. Customers shared stories on social media about not being able to make credit card transactions, obtain money from cash machines or enter hotel rooms. Some video slot machines were dark.

MGM Resorts has has about 40 million loyalty rewards members and tens of thousands of hotel rooms in Las Vegas at properties including the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay. It also operates properties in China and Macau.

A company report on Tuesday to the SEC pointed to its Monday news release. The FBI said an investigation was ongoing but offered no additional information.

Some MGM Resorts computer systems were still down Thursday, including hotel reservations and payroll. But company spokesman Brian Ahern said its 75,000 employees in the U.S. and abroad were expected to be paid on time.

Callow, speaking by telephone from British Columbia, Canada, called most media accounts of the incidents speculative because information appeared to be coming from the same entities that claim to have carried out the attacks. He said recovery from cyberattacks can take months.

Callow pointed to reports that he called “plausible” that Caesars Entertainment was asked to pay $30 million for a promise to secure its data and may have paid $15 million. He also noted that the company did not describe in the SEC report the steps taken to ensure that the stolen data was secure.

The highest ransom believed to have been paid to cyber-attackers was $40 million by insurance giant CNA Financial, Callow said, following a data breach in March 2021.

“In these cases, organizations basically pay to get a ‘pinky promise,'” he said. “There is no way to actually know that (hackers) do delete (stolen data) or that it won’t be used elsewhere.”

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James Bond auditions – Casino Royale director admits Daniel Craig casting worry

It’s been almost two years since No Time To Die released and Daniel Craig ended his record 16 years as James Bond.

EON Productions will be gearing up for their next 007 auditions, the first to occur since 2005.

Back then, Craig managed to beat a young Henry Cavill to be Pierce Brosnan’s replacement in reboot movie Casino Royale.

Martin Campbell, who previously helmed GoldenEye was hired to direct the 007 blockbuster and was very much involved in the casting process.

Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk while promoting the London Action Festival, the 79-year-old, spoke of the secretive auditions.

Campbell shared: “The way they work with Bond and it’s pretty terrific is when they decide on the actor and you audition – in our case, it was eight people – it’s very democratic. You sit around a table, eight or nine of you.

“It was myself and the producers, casting director etc etc. And you go through the eight people and you put your hand up as you talk through each person and ultimately everybody has to be unanimous in their decision, if you see what I mean.”

The Casino Royale director also admitted a concern he had about casting Craig as Bond.

Campbell confessed: “My only reticence with Daniel… he was really a superb actor, there’s no doubt about that… it was the fact that with people like Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan was that they were all traditional looking Bonds. All handsome guys, all sexy, all very attractive to women and so forth.

“Daniel was obviously tougher and ruggeder, but he wasn’t a traditional handsome guy. So I just thought about that for a minute and apart from that, absolutely it was always him.”

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MGM Resorts breach is costing the casino giant ‘every minute’ after hacker gang known as BlackCat infiltrated them in 10 MINUTES using an employee’s name and a phone call







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MGM cyberattack investigated by FBI: Las Vegas hotel computer systems including digital keys to the Bellagio’s 3,933 rooms and slot machines at the ARIA casino hit by hackers







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Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Cricket Board officials under scanner for casino visit

Asia Cup 2023: The head of Pakistan Cricket Board’s media division, Umar Farooq Kalson, is facing scrutiny for visiting the Colombo casino. Kalson and the board’s GM (International Cricket) Adnan Ali have come under scanner after visuals of their casino visit emerged on the internet.

The duo was in Colombo in an official capacity as a part of the Pakistani contingent for the ongoing Asia Cup and their visit to a gambling den has attracted the attention of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit as it is one of the prohibited places as per code of conduct.

Many Pakistani fans on social media platforms called PCB officials ‘immature’ and ‘careless’ for indulging in gambling and visiting Colombo during the Asia Cup 2023.

A PCB source said that at least 15-20 PCB officials had traveled to and fro between Colombo and Lahore while some were stationed there permanently as Pakistan was the official host of the Asia Cup, PTI reported.

Later, two officials clarified that they had only visited the Casino to have dinner. However, their response has been ridiculed by the netizens on social media platforms.

“Who goes to a Casino to have food? Who goes to a gambling joint to have food? Who are they trying to fool,” cricket writer Omair Alavi said.

According to sources, as quoted by PTI, the PCB’s Cricket Management Committee would be hard-pressed to ignore the incident despite the clarification from the two officials.

Former Test opener Mohsin Khan also expressed surprise at the irresponsible behavior of the two PCB officials’s visit to the Casino during the tournament.

Ironically, during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Pakistan’s former captain Moin Khan who was manager and chief selector with the team, was called back to Pakistan in the middle of the tournament after he and his wife were spotted at a Casino in Christchurch before a match against West Indies.

Moin also claimed his innocence that they had gone to have dinner but the then PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan made it clear that Moin had breached the team’s and his contractual code of conduct, PTI reported.

The ACC chairman and BCCI supremo Shah apparently reacted strongly to some of the comments made by the PCB official at the meeting.

(With PTI inputs)

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Pakistan Cricket Board Officials Face Trouble Over Casino Visit During Asia Cup 2023

Even as the focus of Pakistan Cricket should ideally be on the on-field action, an off the field incident has actually diverted attention in the last few days. As the Babar Azam-led side is currently competing in Asia Cup 2023, at least two Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official can reportedly be punished for allegedly being involved during the ongoing continental tournament played across Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It is being learnt that PCB media head Umar Farooq Kalson as well as the GM (International Cricket) Adnan Ali were spotted in a Casino in Colombo as per viral social media posts.

Under the regulations outlined in the ICC Code of Conduct, it is expressly forbidden for team members and officials to frequent any gambling establishments during the course of a tournament. Consequently, based on reports from PTI, the individuals mentioned could potentially face significant repercussions.

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Despite their public statements asserting that their visit to the establishment was solely for dining purposes, this explanation has not been well-received by their supporters and has raised concerns among former cricketers. There exists the possibility that the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit may become involved and initiate an inquiry into the matter.

Meanwhile, Pakistan are currently taking on India in the Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2023. While the match was schedule on September 10, only 24.1 overs were bowled on the day and the match was forced into the reserve day. However, the start of play even on Reserve Day was delayed due to rain and it seems like another washout is on the cards. The group-stage face off between the two teams at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy had also ended without a result on September 2.

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Asia Cup: Pakistan’s Media Manager Under Scanner for Visiting Colombo Casino That Had Pole Dancers – News18

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Pakistani fans questioned how PCB officials could be so “immature” and “careless” as to indulge in gambling.

Pakistan team’s current media manager Umar Farooq Kalson and board’s GM (International Cricket) Adnan Ali are under scanner after pictures and video footages emerged of the duo visiting a Colombo casino.

Both are in Colombo in official capacity as a part of the Pakistani contingent for the ongoing Asia Cup and visiting a gambling den is sure to attract attention of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit as it is one of the prohibited places as per code of conduct.

Many Pakistani fans on social media questioned how officials of the PCB could be so “immature” and “careless” as to indulge in gambling.

Many criticised the trend of many PCB officials going on to Colombo during the Asia Cup on official visits.

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A PCB source said that at least 15-20 PCB officials had travelled o and fro between Colombo and Lahore while some were stationed there permanently as Pakistan was the official host of the Asia Cup.

After some Pakistani news channels ran headlines, the two officials in the Casino later clarified that they had only gone to the Casino to have dinner, a claim ridiculed by all and sundry on social media and also by some former test players.

“Who goes to a Casino to have food. Who goes to a gambling joint to have food. Who are they trying to fool,” cricket writer Omair Alavi said.

The source said the two PCB officials shouldn’t have gone to the Casino where gambling was taking place.

“They could face strict disciplinary action on return,” he added.

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The PCB’s Cricket Management Committee, according to him, would be hard pressed to ignore the incident despite the clarification from the two officials.

Former Test opener Mohsin Khan also expressed surprise at the irresponsible behaviour of the two PCB officials to go to a Casino during the tournament.

Ironically during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Pakistan’s former captain Moin Khan who was manager and chief selector with the team, was called back to Pakistan in the middle of the tournament after he and his wife were spotted at a Casino in Christchurch before a match against West Indies.

Moin also claimed his innocence that they had gone to have dinner but the then PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan made it clear that Moin had breached the team’s and his contractual code of conduct.

Khan at that time had justified his strong action to recall and then sack Moin by pointing out that all PCB officials and players had to adhere to the board’s and ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code which strictly advised against visiting places where gambling takes place or there are increased chances of corruption.

Apparently, one senior official was even given a dressing down by Jay Shah during a meeting in Pallekele.

The ACC chairman and BCCI supremo Shah apparently reacted strongly to some of the comments made by the PCB official at the meeting.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)


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Pakistan Cricket Team Media Manager Umar Kalson Under Scanner For Visiting Colombo Casino: Report | Cricket News

Pakistan team’s current media manager Umar Farooq Kalson and board’s GM (International Cricket) Adnan Ali are under scanner after pictures and video footages emerged of the duo visiting a Colombo casino. Both are in Colombo in official capacity as a part of the Pakistani contingent for the ongoing Asia Cup and visiting a gambling den is sure to attract attention of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit as it is one of the prohibited places as per code of conduct. Many Pakistani fans on social media questioned how officials of the PCB could be so “immature” and “careless” as to indulge in gambling.

Many criticised the trend of many PCB officials going on to Colombo during the Asia Cup on official visits.

A PCB source said that at least 15-20 PCB officials had travelled to and fro between Colombo and Lahore while some were stationed there permanently as Pakistan was the official host of the Asia Cup.

After some Pakistani news channels ran headlines, the two officials in the Casino later clarified that they had only gone to the Casino to have dinner, a claim ridiculed by all and sundry on social media and also by some former test players.

“Who goes to a Casino to have food. Who goes to a gambling joint to have food. Who are they trying to fool,” cricket writer Omair Alavi said.

The source said the two PCB officials shouldn’t have gone to the Casino where gambling was taking place.

“They could face strict disciplinary action on return,” he added.

The PCB’s Cricket Management Committee, according to him, would be hard pressed to ignore the incident despite the clarification from the two officials.

Former Test opener Mohsin Khan also expressed surprise at the irresponsible behaviour of the two PCB officials to go to a Casino during the tournament.

Ironically during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Pakistan’s former captain Moin Khan who was manager and chief selector with the team, was called back to Pakistan in the middle of the tournament after he and his wife were spotted at a Casino in Christchurch before a match against West Indies.

Moin also claimed his innocence that they had gone to have dinner but the then PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan made it clear that Moin had breached the team’s and his contractual code of conduct.

Khan at that time had justified his strong action to recall and then sack Moin by pointing out that all PCB officials and players had to adhere to the board’s and ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code which strictly advised against visiting places where gambling takes place or there are increased chances of corruption.

Apparently one senior official was even given a dressing down by Jay Shah during a meeting in Pallekele.

The ACC chairman and BCCI supremo Shah apparently reacted strongly to some of the comments made by the PCB official at the meeting.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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