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First Sochi casino in Russia opens this month with high hopes

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Posted on 11 January 2017 by "T".

Sochi was once regarded by many as just another dilapidated resort in the Black Sea, but was revived thanks to the Winter Olympics. Now, as the host of the 2018 World Cup and the Russian F1 Grand Prix, this place could potentially become Russia's leading gambling destination.

The first casino ever to open in Russia's newest dedicated gambling zone, Sochi Casino Resort, has officially opened its doors last Thursday, January 5. Located in the mountainous resort of Gorky Gorod, Sochi, the posh casino's operator Domain LLC describes it as an "entertainment complex of a global scale" as well as "a unique concept for Russia in the spirit of the best casinos of Las Vegas."

The five-star facility houses a cabaret theater, restaurants, convention space, shops and other amenities, and represents the newest phase in Russia's zonal casino experiment.

In 2009, Russia cracked down on gambling, thereby closing down card clubs, electronic gaming halls and casinos in its major cities. All types of gambling were placed in four economic zones: Azov City in the Krasnodar region; Altai in Siberia; Primorye near the Pacific port of Vladivostok; and Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea coast.

Last 2016, the government of Russia said that the Azov City gaming zone shall be liquidated by 2019 so that all gaming operations will be focused in Sochi, probably to capitalize on its status as a host city of the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The government stated Azov City's three casinos will be compensated for the inconvenience.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is known to have a personal dislike for gambling, initially once said as soon as the 2014 Winter Olympic games were finished, that there were no plans for casinos in Sochi and that all facilities will remain a "family resort." However, later that year, he signed a law allowing casinos in Sochi, and also in Crimea, in a bid to make the place newly annexed from Ukraine economically self-sufficent.

Head of Russia's Federal Tourism Agency Evgeniy Kudelya said that the number of tourists has increased significantly during the past several years, and the demand for holidays in Russia, particularly in Sochi is very high, "Casinos will make a major contribution to the solution of ... the off-season problem. Despite the fact that Sochi is the most popular and one of the best resort areas in Russia, we have the off-season curve and it should be smoothed out."



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8 comments on "First Sochi casino in Russia opens this month with high hopes"

 pochui12/01/2017 08:58:15 GMT
russians love to gamble, it's in their blood- so with this in mind it looks like this is going to be big. sure there is a bunch of illegal casinos pretty much on every corner in bigger city's even though it's officially illegal to gamble there, but dudes will flood sochi, especially if they are offered some good promos, cheap/free flights, fresh melons and a few boxes of vodka.
 doubletop77712/01/2017 09:08:48 GMT
You would think that this would be a very popular location and i think that this will be a very profitable venture. Sochi attracts a lot of tourists and looks like a very beautiful place to visit
 damosk12/01/2017 10:22:13 GMT
It seems it has only been a matter of time before the gambling possibilities hit home in Sochi. A revitalised resort as a result of multi million dollar investment to regenerate it and bring in some well needed capital for the region. No doubt a casino will potentially change the demographic of people visiting the region and bring even greater economic success.
 Robbo199012/01/2017 10:30:52 GMT
the russian mob have achieved it all....make money with the winter olympics and now somewhere to spend it. if it becomes a stars or party poker stop ill be going Heart
 pajalnick12/01/2017 11:32:48 GMT
I live in Russia and Sochi, though far from ienya but I might go there on the spot to see what kind of a casino ... but cheaper to go to my Belarusians and play there ... but the fact that the opening of the casino in Sochi I'm certainly happy
 Tony_MON7ANA12/01/2017 14:12:04 GMT
My parents took me to Moscow when I was very little. It was many years before the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991. Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to visit Sochi. Sochi surely will be on my list next time I travel to Russia.
 demodawggy12/01/2017 18:48:29 GMT
... Big Smile< ...Time to diversify your lucrative worldwide ballshave conglomorate pochui and get in on this 'Golden Shower' ( Urolagia ) craze taking place in Russia these days... No better place than Sochi to set up for the big world debut 'Grand Opening'... Big Smile

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 Mober12/01/2017 19:43:30 GMT
You can see they are into gamble by the numbers in all the poker sites.
Yes they are a country with big population, but still.
They might even create their own las vegas there Smile
It will be closer for the chinese also ,if they want to get away from their own.

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