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8/17/2017

article Federal control looms for Russia’s Primorye gaming zone
(Russia) -- Authorities in Russia are gearing up to take over the Primorye gaming zone. Federal control looms for Russia’s Primorye gaming zoneIn July, the federal...
article Federal Government speeds casino plans
(Russia) -- The Primorye touristic region would be in charge of Federal Government soon, as legislators are drafting the new bill to switch the administrations. Local...

8/10/2017

article Illegal gaming grows in Russia
(Russia) -- Based on public denounces, the Russian authorities revealed illegal online gaming keeps growing throughout the country. During the first six months of the...

8/2/2017

article Russian online casino players to take a hit over Kremlin’s VPN ban
(Russia) -- Russia has ruled that all virtual private networks (VPNs) and online anonymizers should be prohibited, and use of this technology will become illegal after...

7/24/2017

article Marathon rolls out sports betting website in Russia
(Russia) -- Marathon has launched an online sports betting platform in Russia. According to Calvin Ayre, the online gambling operator has held a local licence in the...

7/7/2017

article Primorye searches for new investors for vacant sites in gaming zone
(Russia) -- JSC Primorsky Region Development Corporation, owned by the region’s administration, prepares to search new investors for a potentially available plots...

7/4/2017

article In Russia’s Far East, a Fledgling Las Vegas for Asia’s Gamblers
(Russia) -- On Russia’s eastern rim, where endemic corruption and bureaucratic sloth conspire to hold back the economic dynamism enriching the rest of Asia, a...

7/3/2017

article Far Russian East threatening to become new Las Vegas as popularity soars
(Russia) -- Most of us don’t know much about far Eastern Russia, except for it being cold, remote, and one of the last places on anyone’s tourist itinerary....

6/18/2017

article Russian Sports Betting Market Expected to More than Double by 2022
(Russia) -- Russia’s budding licensed sports betting market is set to more than double over the next five years, according to a report by Bookmaker Ratings. Growth...

6/16/2017

article Betting volume to grow in Russia
(Russia) -- A new report has revealed that Russia is set to triple its regulated sports betting industry in the next five years, as the country will host sports events...

6/10/2017

article Russian Mobsters Accused Of Hacking Casino Slot Machines, Stealing Chocolate
(Russia) -- A gang of alleged Russian mobsters was charged this week for participating in a massive racketeering scam, with alleged crimes including murder-for-hire...

6/8/2017

article 33 Russian Crime Syndicate Gangsters Charged Over Nationwide Criminal Activity
(Russia) -- Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York...
article Busted Russian casino hackers had an appetite for drugs and chocolate
(Russia) -- US law enforcement agencies on Wednesday unsealed charges against a large-scale Russian criminal syndicate, laying charges against 33 individuals with some...
article Georgians among Russian crime syndicate arrested in US
(Georgia) -- Fifteen Georgians are among the 33 members of a Russian gang who were charged for alleged racketeering, fraud, narcotics, firearms, and stolen property...

6/4/2017

article Russian Gaming Week starts on Wednesday
(Russia) -- Wednesday is set to see representatives from some of the leading Asian and Eastern European gaming firms visit Moscow in order to attend a range of...

5/29/2017

article Russian casino operator seeking Crimea assurances
(Russia) -- In Russia, the man behind two casinos in the region around the town of Azov has reportedly declared that he is interested in opening a gaming facility in the...

5/22/2017

article City deputy in hot water (again) over Russian underground casino
(Russia) -- Russian authorities swooped down an underground casino operating in a hotel owned by the deputy of the Chelyabinsk City Duma. City deputy in hot water (again...

5/19/2017

article Another underground casino busted up in hotel of Chelyabinsk Duma deputy
(Russia) -- Police busted up an underground casino in Chelyabinsk Park City Hotel at Lesoparkovaya Street 6. The round-up happened last night. The siloviki seized five...

5/14/2017

article Russian Far East casino resort expansion rumbles into life
(Russia) -- When workers found ancient dice among a haul of antiquities unearthed at the site of a planned casino resort in Russia’s Far East, many locals saw it...

5/8/2017

article MIA UEBiPK officers trashing underground casino in Yakutsk videotaped
(Russia) -- Police officers performing a raid aimed at closing the underground casinos in the capital of Yakutia on April 6 has recently come to light thanks to a...

5/5/2017

press release Russian Gaming Week announces new speaker
(Russia) -- Konstantin Makarov will speak at Russian Gaming Week 2017 conference in Moscow. He is the Head of Bingo Boom betting company, president of Foundation for...

4/23/2017

article European VR/AR Experts Will Present At Moscow-Based Russian Gaming Week
(Russia) -- On June 7-8, the Moscow-based exhibition center Sokolniki will host the annual Russia’s largest exhibition and forum Russian Gaming Week 2017. The...

4/20/2017

article Russian investor abandons Primorye
(Russia) -- Khayna Yunli Company, a Russian investor, has reportedly opted out from its project in the Primorye gambling zone, according to Betting Business Russia.

4/10/2017

article Royal Time Group taken to court over Primorye casino delays
(Russia) -- A Russian casino operator’s plans to develop a project in the far east Primorye gaming zone appear in doubt, according to a recent court filing.

4/3/2017

article Slotegrator offers exclusive prizes
(Russia) -- In 2017 Slotegrator, an aggregator of the world’s best online casino providers, is turning five years. During all these years, the company has managed...

3/30/2017

article Tigre de Cristal claims illegal operations harm their business
(Russia) -- Lawrence Ho’s Tigre de Cristal casino in Russia’s Siberia has been forced into significantly lowering its main casino floor offer due to illegal...

3/28/2017

article Russia’s Tigre de Cristal casino removes all poker tables
(Russia) -- The Tigre de Cristal casino in Russia’s far east has been forced to scale back some of its gaming options due to increased competition from illegal...

3/23/2017

article partypoker Million Sochi Begins
(Russia) -- For the next week, Russia takes live poker's center stage with partypoker Million Sochi already underway at the recently-opened Sochi Casino and Resort.

3/19/2017

article Vladivostok IR project on track for 2019 debut
(Russia) -- NagaCorp Ltd’s (3918:Hong Kong) integrated resort (IR) project in Vladivostok, Russia reportedly remains “broadly on schedule for operation by...

3/9/2017

article Tigre de Cristal taps northern China elite market from Siberian casino
(Russia) -- Although it may appear as if the first casino in Russia’s Primorski Krai, Tigre de Cristal near Vladivostock, may have gotten off to a slow start, that...

3/7/2017

article Crimea to get new investment
(Russia) -- According to local media, Sergey Valeryevich Aksyonov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Crimea, said at the Sochi Forum that they will likely get a new...
article NagaCorp is set to open Russian casino in 2018
(Russia) -- According to the director Primorsky Region’s Development Corporation, NagaCorp’s Russian casino is set to open in 2018. The company’s...

2/20/2017

article BetVictor bid Russia buh-bye as legislative noose tightens
(Russia) -- Gibraltar-based bookmaker BetVictor has withdrawn its services from Russia’s online gambling market as that country continues to rewrite its gambling...

2/14/2017

article Russia Proposes UIGEA-Like Legislation to Block Online Gambling
(Russia) -- Russia is taking a page out of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), the 2006 United States federal statute that blocked financial...

2/13/2017

article Russia firms up online gambling payment-blocking plans
(Russia) -- Russia will introduce legislation this week that would compel banks and payment processors to block transactions with international online gambling sites.

2/9/2017

article Sixth Casino Zone May Get Green Light in Russia
(Russia) -- Russia may be on its way to designating a sixth gaming zone with casino venues, according to recent reports by local media outlets. Word has leaked out that...

2/8/2017

article Russia may be considering sixth casino-friendly zone
(Russia) -- Russia may be about to authorize its sixth casino-friendly zone after reports emerged yesterday that a Turkish company has been commissioned to design a...

1/24/2017

article Tigre de Cristal gaming levy might double: Union Gaming
(Russia) -- Were a reported planned amendment to Russian gaming law passed, it could potentially double the taxes payable on machines and tables by a casino project...

1/19/2017

article Partypoker launches Million National series in Sochi, Russia
(Russia) -- Partypoker has announced the first location for the new Million National global tour and it’s the first visit to Sochi, Russia. What are the odds?

1/18/2017

article First partypoker LIVE Million National to Take Place in Russia
(Russia) -- Partypoker announced that its first partypoker Million National event will take place at the Sochi Casino and Resort in association with Poker Club...

1/6/2017

article Russia’s First Sochi Casino Opens Thursday With High Hopes
(Russia) -- The Sochi Casino and Resort, the first casino in Russia’s newest dedicated gambling zone, is due to open its doors officially today. Situated in the...

1/5/2017

article First casino launches in Russia’s Sochi gambling zone
(Russia) -- The first casino in Sochi’s designated gambling zone, on the Russian Black Sea coast, was scheduled to have its official opening on Thursday (January 5...
article Grand opening of Sochi casino today
(Russia) -- The RUB 4 billion ($66.3 million) Sochi Casino and Resort, located in the 165,000 square meter Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone in Sochi, is slated to open...
article Sochi unfurls red carpet for its first casino
(Russia) -- Sochi, a Russian city on the Black Sea, is once again back on the radar as the Sochi Casino and Resort finally rolled out its red carpet for its guest for...

1/1/2017

article First casino of Yantarnaya gambling zone opens
(Russia) -- Just a few days ago, the first full casino of the Yantarnaya gambling zone in Russia‘s “Amberland” opened with work still underway but the...

12/28/2016

article Gambling in Sochi to even out seasonal economy
(Russia) -- The Russian state-owned news agency TASS is reporting that the new Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone in Sochi will attract the attention of tourists and help...
article Russian telecommunications regulator cracks down on online gambling websites
(Russia) -- In Russia, telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor has revealed that 2016 saw it identify some 87,000 websites that featured prohibited materials including...

12/21/2016

article Federal Tourism Agency says gambling zone in Sochi will help to use resort off-season
(Russia) -- Opening of a new gambling zone in Sochi mountain cluster will help to tackling the problem of resort use off-season, adviser to the head of Russia’s...
article First casino in Sochi gambling zone opens on 5 January
(Russia) -- Sochi Casino and Resort complex will officially open in the gambling zone “Krasnaya Polyana” on 5 January 2017, project managers and government...

12/11/2016

article Strong VIP growth for Russia’s Tigre de Cristal: analyst
(Russia) -- The Tigre de Cristal casino resort in the Russian Far East is set to enjoy strong growth in VIP rolling chip volumes over the next two years, says Union...

12/3/2016

article Inaugural Sochi casino to hold December 31 soft launch
(Russia) -- In Russia, the first casino near the southern city of Sochi has announced that it will be holding a soft launch on the afternoon of December 31 before...

12/2/2016

article Construction of $70m gambling venue starts in Russian Far East
(Russia) -- Building a hotel and entertainment complex with a casino was launched on the territory of “Primorye” gambling zone near the city of Vladivostok,...

11/20/2016

article Pirate Sites Blocked For Showing Gambling Advertising
(Russia) -- Pirate sites have a tendency to carry advertising for gambling services but in some regions, notably Russia, online gambling is illegal. So, when torrent and...

11/8/2016

article Sochi officials award inaugural casino license to LLC Domain
(Russia) -- As negotiations to bring gambling to the Crimea region of Russia continue at pace, local officials in the southern city of Sochi have this week granted a...

10/23/2016

article Tigre de Cristal casino generates more than $8 million in taxes during first year of operation
(Russia) -- The Tigre de Cristal was the first casino to open in Russia’s Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone, a special economic zone created by the government...

10/14/2016

article Ho says no plans for Crimea or Sochi
(Russia) -- Just a few weeks ago, reports had surfaced that Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd and SJM Holdings Limited may be interested in becoming involved in the Crimean...
article Malaysian NagaCorp starts construction in Russian game zone
(Russia) -- NagaCorp Ltd, a Malaysian company, will start construction of its first facility near the Russian city of Vladivostok in November this year. The company is...

10/13/2016

article NagaCorp's Russian casino on schedule; Ho not interested in Crimea, Sochi
(Russia) -- Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp says it remains on track to open its Russian casino by mid-2018. This week, NagaCorp chairman Tim McNally told GGRAsia...

10/12/2016

article RGW Sochi speakers to reveal more about new Russian gambling zone
(Russia) -- With billions of dollars already invested in infrastructure and facilities for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia is moving ahead with plans to populate...

10/7/2016

article Russia to boost illegal gambling penalties; Lawrence Ho eyeing Crimea casino?
(Russia) -- Russia has proposed stiffer penalties for anyone who offers gambling options outside the country’s designated gaming zones. On Thursday, the State Duma...

10/6/2016

article Ho family eyes Crimean gambling zone as possible investment?
(Russia) -- Stanley Ho-controlled SJM Holdings Limited (HKG:0880) and Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd (HKG:0102), controlled by son Lawrence, may be looking to add the...

9/30/2016

article Russian Interior Ministry’s ex-employee condemned of protecting illegal gambling
(Russia) -- A court in the Russian city of Cherepovets has sentenced ex-employee of the local Interior Ministry’s Directorate Anna Smelkova to 1.5 years in prison...

9/22/2016

article Sochi Gambling Zone Created to Offset Hosting 2014 Winter Olympics
(Russia) -- A special Sochi gambling zone is being created by the Russian Federation to help the city offset the lingering debts incurred from hosting the 2014 Winter...

9/20/2016

article Will a gambling zone in Sochi help to attract foreigners?
(Russia) -- The buildings and venues in Russia’s Black Sea city of Sochi that less than two years ago were filled with the roar of fans cheering on Olympic...

9/1/2016

article Putin's Making a Big Bet on Building Vegas in Vladivostok
(Russia) -- What happens in Vladivostok stays in Vladivostok. A phrase that could’ve captured Soviet obsession with secrecy during the Cold War is gaining new...
article High rollers warm up to Vladivostok casino
(Russia) -- Asian high rollers have begun turning up at a new casino established by Hong Kong's Lawrence Ho in Vladivostok, Russia even as they shun the grand gaming...
article Tigre de Cristal VIP gambling surges after junket deals
(Russia) -- VIP gambling activity has skyrocketed at Russia’s Tigre de Cristal casino following new deals with junket operators. This week, Summit Ascent Holdings...

8/27/2016

article Russia Opens First Gambling Zone in Sochi
(Russia) -- In the wake of the winter Olympics, Russian authorities were counting on Sochi to turn into a prosperous region. Unfortunately, most of the Olympic...

8/22/2016

article Sochi gambling zone created
(Russia) -- Sochi has officially become Russia’s fifth legal gambling zone, some two years after the country’s parliament passed laws that allowed its...

8/20/2016

article New gambling zone in Russia’s Sochi gets the green light
(Russia) -- Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given the go signal to create a new gambling zone in the city of Sochi. According to Russian news agency...

8/19/2016

article Medvedev signs order to create Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone in Sochi
(Russia) -- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a resolution on creation of the Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone in Sochi. The document signed on August 10, 2016,...

8/8/2016

article Russia warns banks, processors to purge gambling clients
(Russia) -- Russia’s telecommunications watchdog has instructed banking and payment processors to purge unauthorized online gambling operators from their customer...

7/15/2016

article Russia blacklists payment processors Skrill and Qiwi over online gambling links
(Russia) -- Russia’s communications regulator has put two major payment processing sites on its blacklist because of their links to online gambling. On Thursday,...

6/16/2016

article Merkur supplies slots to casino in Russia’s Azov City
(Russia) -- Merkur Gaming has been selected to supply its Avantgarde SLT slot machines to the recent extension of Casino Shambala in Azov City, Russia, the German gaming...

6/10/2016

article Russia's gambling tax haul rises but still a shadow of its pre-casino ban take
(Russia) -- Russia’s gambling tax haul climbed for the fifth straight year in 2015 but is still only a sliver of the total collected before casinos were restricted...

6/9/2016

article Russia pushes for harsher penalty vs unlicensed gambling
(Russia) -- And the list of do’s and don’ts in the Russian gaming industry has gotten even longer. Russia pushes for harsher penalty vs unlicensed...

6/3/2016

article Today's Russian Gaming Week 2016 Promises Insight and Intrigue
(Russia) -- On the 2nd of June, at Russia's Sokolniki exhibition and convention center, a two day extravaganza will bring together global marketing leaders to learn...

5/31/2016

article Primorye to generate US$2.5 mln in tax for 2016: govt
(Russia) -- The Russian authorities expect tax revenue at the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone – a casino development area located 50 kilometres (31 miles)...

5/10/2016

article Lawmakers mull fighting online gambling by fining users of casino websites
(Russia) -- The legislature of the central Russian region of Tatarstan has drafted a bill that, if passed, would introduce fines for users of online gambling sites and...

5/7/2016

article PokerStars New Jersey's latest regulatory threat? Russia's growing online blacklist
(New Jersey) -- Russian authorities plan to give regulators more powerful tools to combat online gambling sites serving Russian punters without a local license.

5/4/2016

article Russia orders Azov-City casinos to close by Jan 1, 2019; not all operators convinced
(Russia) -- Casino operators in Russia’s Azov-City gaming zone have officially been given a New Year’s Day 2019 deadline for shutting down their operations.

4/29/2016

article Lawrence Ho Russia casino rolls US$52 mln in April
(Russia) -- The Tigre de Cristal casino resort (pictured) in Russia recorded VIP rolling chip volume in excess of HKD400 million (US$51.6 million) in March and again in...

4/18/2016

article Russia’s Yantarnaya gaming zone’s Magic Crystal opening date set
(Russia) -- NewKaliningrad.ru reports the scheduled opening of the Yantarnaya gaming zone’s first gaming facility, situated in the westernmost region of...

4/15/2016

article Lawrence Ho firm gains board control at Russia casino
(Russia) -- Summit Ascent Russia Ltd – a wholly owned unit of Lawrence Ho Yau Lung’s Russian casino investment vehicle Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd – is...

4/4/2016

article Casino in Altai Mountains attracts visitors despite economic crisis in Russia
(Russia) -- The Altai Palace casino is thriving despite economic gloom, says chief manager Evgeny Kosyh. The complex opened in 2014 and he cites the case of the record...

3/27/2016

article Lawrence Ho's New Tigre Casino On The Prowl In Russia
(Russia) -- First results from Russia’s Tigre de Cristal casino, majority owned by Lawrence Ho-controlled Summit Ascent, showcase the potential of the Vladivostok...

3/15/2016

article Russian Gambling Transaction Payment Processing System Due To Go Live In March
(Russia) -- TSUPIS, the centralized payment processing system established by the Russian government to handle all online gambling transactions, is expected to go live...
article Russian Online Bookmaker Traffic Falls; Factionism Delays Online Payment Hub
(Russia) -- Fonbet remains Russia’s most popular online bookmaker, according to a new website traffic report. Russian gambling company First Gaming, which operates...

3/13/2016

article Betting Trends Forum 2016 Just Around The Corner
(Russia) -- On Thursday March 17, the Betting Trends Forum will take place in Moscow and will cover the most important topics regarding the online gambling industry...

3/10/2016

article Report: 20 Percent Of Russia's Adult Population Plays Poker
(Russia) -- Russia has been considering legalizing, regulating and taxing online poker for at least a year, and a recent poll showed that up to 20 percent of the country...

2/29/2016

article Casinos in Russia’s Azov-city might remain open 3 more years
(Russia) -- There were once over 30,000 legal and illegal casinos operating in Russia, with as many as 4,000 of them being sanctioned. In 2007 special gambling zones...

1/31/2016

article Moscow Will Host The First Betting Trends Forum In March
(Moscow) -- The growing sports betting industry and the changing legislative landscape in Russia can create new opportunities for operators and companies. With this in...

1/24/2016

article Here's why Russia might be on the cusp of legalizing online poker
(Russia) -- In what may prove to be the multi-billion-dollar online gaming industry's biggest change in a decade, Russia appears to be ready to finally let its...

1/21/2016

article Here's why Russia might be on the cusp of legalizing online poker
(Russia) -- In what may prove to be the multi-billion-dollar online gaming industry's biggest change in a decade, Russia appears to be ready to finally let its...

1/13/2016

article ‘Tigre de Cristal’ is first casino in Russian zone set to rival Macau
(Russia) -- Chinese gamblers are flocking to Russia’s rising Primorsky Integrated Entertainment Zone (PIEZ) just three months after the opening of the region...

1/11/2016

article Russian roulette: new casino zone can 'surpass Las Vegas and even possibly Macao'
(Russia) -- Three months after its opening, Tigre de Cristal - the first of many casinos in the Primorsky Integrated Entertainment Zone (PIEZ) - is winning plaudits for...

1/5/2016

article Russia’s Primorye region tourism rises 18.5% following Tigre de Cristal opening
(Russia) -- Russia’s far east Primorye region saw an uptick in international tourism in 2015, with at least part of the bump attributed to the new Tigre de Cristal...

12/31/2015

article Chinese gamblers flock to Siberia’s Tigre de Cristal Casino
(Russia) -- In spite of several unavoidable delays, Tigre de Cristal Casino opened its doors on October 8, 2015 and is operating smoothly with landmark business in...

12/17/2015

article Vladivostok, baby: can a glitzy new mega-casino attract Asia's wealthy elite?
(Russia) -- As Russia’s relations with the west hang by a thread, the eastern port city of Vladivostok is at the centre of a shift in geopolitical strategy. Putin...

12/4/2015

article Russia’s gambling zones offering low casino tax rate, relaxed visa rules to attract investors and gamblers
(Russia) -- Russia banned casinos in 2009 but has authorized five special integrated gambling zones since then, the last being Sochi (pictured) the mostly abandoned site...

12/3/2015

article Vladivostok gambling zone: Opportunities and challenges
(Russia) -- In 2009, Russia declared gambling illegal except in four (later expanded to five) integrated entertainment zones, including one near Vladivostok. Six years...

11/28/2015

article Macau casino scion Lawrence Ho bets big on venture in Vladivostok
(Russia) -- Casino scion Lawrence Ho Yau-lung is no stranger to games of chance and, like his father - the former overlord of Macau gaming Stanley Ho Hung-sun - knows...

11/23/2015

article Lawrence Ho firm sells tech to Tigre de Cristal casino
(Russia) -- A Russian casino venue linked to gaming entrepreneur Lawrence Ho Yau Lung is to get additional gaming equipment from a firm connected to Mr Ho.

11/16/2015

article Endangered tiger DRUGGED and dragged around Putin's flagship casino in horrifying pictures
(Russia) -- A DRUGGED-UP Siberian tiger was paraded around a flagship casino in Vladimir Putin's gambling revolution, in horrifying photographs which has sparked...

11/15/2015

article Russia Warms to Gambling as Largest Casino Opens
(Russia) -- Russia’s anti-gambling stance appears to be weakening thanks to a major casino opening its doors earlier this month.

11/13/2015

article Sedated tigress causes shock at glitzy grand opening of major new Russian casino
(Russia) -- The new casino complex is a major development in boosting the economy of the Russian Far East - as highlighted in our earlier reports.

11/12/2015

article Russia's Largest Casino Opens In Gambling Zone, Six Years After Ban
(Russia) -- Russia's largest casino has been officially unveiled within a legal gambling zone in the Far East, six years after the government banned gambling centers...

11/11/2015

article First casino opens in Primorye recreation zone in Russia’s Far East
(Russia) -- The first casino has opened in the Primorye gambling zone in Russia’s Far East. The opening ceremony of the Tigre de Cristal casino took place on...

10/25/2015

article Russian Online Gambling Domains Taken Offline by Federal Authorities
(Russia) -- Russian online gambling domains located both in the country and abroad are being seized by federal officials in Moscow as the government increases its...

10/24/2015

article Online gaming domains blocked by Russian State Agency
(Russia) -- Gamblers in Russia will now have a lessened opportunity to take part in online casino and poker gaming thanks to a decision by the state agency.

10/23/2015

article Russia pushes ahead with website blocking process
(Russia) -- Russian authorities have started blocking websites operated by a host of major gambling operators, keeping to a pledge it made earlier this year

10/22/2015

article Tigre de Cristal officially opens Nov 11
(Russia) -- Phase 1 of the Tigre de Cristal casino resort (pictured) in the Russian Far East is to have its official opening on November 11, the resort’s main...

10/19/2015

article Down on their luck: Minsk casinos hit by Russian downturn
(Russia) -- The casinos of Belarus’s capital were once so full of rich players from Moscow that some called it the “Russian Las Vegas”. Flush in cash,...

10/18/2015

article Russia’s Finance Bill to Prohibit Online Gaming Transactions
(Russia) -- Russia has furthered its suppression of online gambling with the introduction of a new bill that will prohibit banks from processing any and all online...

10/11/2015

article Taiwanese-invested casino opens
(Taiwan) -- A Taiwanese-invested casino in Primorye Krai, Russia, attracted a large crowd during a trial run on Thursday, leaving the owners optimistic that the project...

10/9/2015

article Gambling on gambling to boost the Russian Far East
(Russia) -- It's a long way to Las Vegas, but Primorye region takes its first step as Tigre de Cristal casino opens. The casino is the first venture in a new special...
article Taiwan-invested Russian casino opens for trial run
(Taiwan) -- Taiwanese-invested casino in Russia's Primorye Krai near Vladivostok attracted a large crowd during a trial run Thursday, leaving the owners optimistic...

10/8/2015

article Russia’s largest casino opens near Vladivostok
(Russia) -- The first casino Tigre de Cristal was opened on Thursday in Primorye entertainment zone located in Muravyinaya Bay near Vladivostok in Russia’s Far...

10/7/2015

article Tigre de Cristal set to open within hours; All quiet on the Russian front
(Russia) -- In mere hours one of them most exciting new casino projects in recent times is set to open its doors to the public in a “soft launch”. Local and...

10/2/2015

article Scot opens casino in Siberia
(Russia) -- AN entrepreneurial Scot is set to open one of the world’s largest gambling resorts in the far east of Siberia. Craig Ballantyne, now 64, ditched a safe...

9/26/2015

article Selena World Resort near Vladivostok will be more than a casino
(Russia) -- Selena World Resort is one of four integrated resorts being developed in the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone (IEZ) near Vladivostok, in the Asian...

9/13/2015

article Russia gambles on casino to revive fortunes of far east
(Russia) -- Las Vegas, Macao, Monte Carlo, yes. But Vladivostok? In less than a month, the first casino opens in a massive new gambling complex on the far end of Siberia.

8/31/2015

article Lawrence Ho’s Russian casino to open on October 8
(Russia) -- Local gaming entrepreneur Lawrence Ho Yau Long’s Tiger de Cristal casino project in the Russian Far East will have its soft opening on 8th October this...

8/27/2015

article Lawrence Ho’s Tigre de Cristal in Russia opens Oct 8
(Russia) -- The developers of the Tigre de Cristal casino resort in the Russian Far East have put back the launch date by more than a month, with a soft opening on...

8/25/2015

article Investors plan $2.2bn casino complex in Russian Far East to rival Macau
(Russia) -- Although Russia’s easternmost city on the Sea of Japan is more than 9,000km from Moscow, investors hope the casino cluster will draw 10 million...

8/23/2015

article Building a Russian version of Macau
(Russia) -- Investors are pushing forward with a multi-billion dollar gambling center near Vladivostok, hoping to lure up to 10 million visitors per year. $2.2 billion...

7/28/2015

article Putin builds £3bn Las Vegas-style casino city on the edge of Siberia
(Russia) -- Vladimir Putin is hoping to coax gamblers away from Las Vegas with a new casino mecca - complete with ski slopes, shopping centres, hotels and a marina. This...

7/20/2015

article Hundreds of new staff trained for next month's landmark casino opening in Vladivostok
(Russia) -- The first casino resort in the the Primorye Entertainment Zone is due to open next month by Macau magnate Lawrence Ho' gambling investment firm Summit...

7/15/2015

article The new Vegas of the East?
(Russia) -- Russia's vast eastern frontier is sparsely populated and underdeveloped - but one town there is hoping to become the new Vegas of the East and attract...

6/6/2015

article Japan firm plans Russian casino
(Japan) -- Japan-based developer Iida Group Holdings may be the next company to develop a casino near the Russian city of Vladivostok. Iida is planning a $380m to $450m...

5/22/2015

article Lawrence Ho targets August opening for Vladivostok casino
(Russia) -- Lawrence Ho Yau Lung’s gambling investment firm Summit Ascent Holdings, has confirmed that its Russian casino complex has entered the final stage of...

5/18/2015

article Lawrence Ho to open Russian casino by Aug 28
(Russia) -- The Russian casino resort majority-owned by Lawrence Ho Yau Lung’s firm Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd is to open doors by August 28, according to a filing...
article Russians to Clamp Down on Offshore Operators
(Russia) -- Recent amendments to Russia´s gambling laws will make it tougher for offshore operators to provide a service in the Russian Federation

4/15/2015

article Lawrence Ho’s Russian casino ordering gaming chips
(Russia) -- A Russian casino project linked to casino developer Lawrence Ho Yau Lung – previously reported as due to open this month – is to buy US$1.29-...

4/12/2015

article In Russia, Ho a No-Go
(Russia) -- Executives with First Gambling Company of the East say its long-delayed $700 million gaming resort in Russia’s Primorye casino district will open in...

2/5/2015

article Summit’s Vladivostok casino ready by 2Q: Daiwa
(Russia) -- Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd, a firm controlled by Macau casino investor Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, is aiming to complete its casino hotel near Vladivostok, in...

2/4/2015

article Russia to Close Azov-City Casinos
(Russia) -- Three Russian casinos are now scheduled to close by April, as the Russian government hopes to bolster casinos in Sochi by shutting down other facilities and...

2/3/2015

article Russia to Shut Down Three Casinos to Help Develop Gambling in Sochi
(Russia) -- According to a report published by the TASS Russia News Agency on Friday, the Russian government plans to close down three casinos in the Azov-City gambling...

1/28/2015

article Russia to begin blocking online gambling payment methods
(Russia) -- The Russian government is reportedly to begin blocking online gambling payments methods in order to prevent any fraud in a new internet betting framework....

1/23/2015

article Russia Online Betting Sites Face Payment Blocking
(Russia) -- Russia-facing online gambling sites will be subject to payment-blocking as the country prepares for the launch of its regulated online sports betting market...

1/20/2015

article Place your bets! Casino oasis to rival Macau and Las Vegas set to open this year
(Russia) -- More than 130billion roubles invested in special gambling zone to lure wealthy Asian tourists to Russia, complete with its own beach, marina and ski area.
article Summit Ascent buying EGMs for Russian casino
(Russia) -- A subsidiary of Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd, a firm controlled by Macau casino investor Lawrence Ho Yau Lung (pictured), has entered into an agreement to...

1/19/2015

article Gambling Zone in Russia's Far East Aims to Become Next Macau
(Russia) -- A long-awaited gambling oasis designed to tempt wealthy Asian and domestic tourists into Russia's Far East is finally getting off the ground, with $2.2...

1/2/2015

article Russia clamps down on illegal gambling
(Russia) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill into law to impose tougher penalties on illegal gambling operators in the country. The bill, which has...

12/22/2014

article Russia fines Google $1.6 thousand for casino advertisement
(Russia) -- Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has imposed a $1.6 thousand fine on Google for the advertisements of gambling, the watchdog said Monday in a...

12/17/2014

article Foreign embassies in Moscow allegedly provide gambling services — senior lawmaker
(Russia) -- Russian parliament's upper house speaker, Valentina Matviyenko says she has objective grounds for what she is talking about and gambling outside special...
article Google removes Russian gambling ads
(Russia) -- Google has apologised to Russian authorities after it was ordered to prevent gambling ads from appearing on its searches. The Federal Anti-monopoly Service (...

12/15/2014

article Did Russia Just Ban Online Poker?
(Russia) -- A strict interpretation of Bill 478806-6 passed last week in the State Duma makes it illegal to play online poker in Russia outside of designated areas.

12/4/2014

article Plans for Georgia casino
(Russia) -- The main investors in Lawrence Ho’s planned US$700m casino in Vladivostok in Russia’s far east are joining forces on a smaller casino venture in...

11/23/2014

article Sochi Bets on Becoming the Black Sea Monte Carlo
(Russia) -- A decade ago, it was just another down-at-heels vacation destination. But the Black Sea resort town of Sochi has been transformed by hosting the 2014 Winter...

11/21/2014

article Russia: Sochi Bets on Becoming the Black Sea Monte Carlo
(Russia) -- A decade ago, it was just another down-at-heels vacation destination. But the Black Sea resort town of Sochi has been transformed by hosting the 2014 Winter...

10/22/2014

article Russia busts over 72,000 gambling houses in 5 years of gaming ban
(Russia) -- More than 72 thousand illegal gambling houses and around one thousand underground casinos have been busted in Russia in five years of the gaming ban outside...

8/15/2014

article Russia’s Underfunded Beach Destination to Attract New Hotels and Casinos
(Russia) -- Crimea, the subtropical jewel of Russia since 1783, pairs its rich history and culture with its pleasant climate to make it a perfect destination for...

7/29/2014

article Russia turns Olympic site, Crimea into casino zones
(Russia) -- Russia has designated Sochi’s Olympic site and the annexed Crimean peninsula as gambling areas, in a bid that casino revenues will boost their...

7/24/2014

article Gambling in Crimea, Sochi no threat to Vladivostok: analyst
(Russia) -- The two new gambling zones on the Black Sea coast approved by Russia will not divert investors from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, a market that...

7/23/2014

article Russia turns Olympic site, Crimea into casino zones
(Russia) -- Russia has designated Sochi's Olympic site and the annexed Crimean peninsula as gambling areas on Wednesday, in a bid that casino revenues will boost...

7/16/2014

article Lawrence Ho and other investors add cash to Russian project
(Hong Kong) -- Investors in a casino project in Primorye in the Russian Far East – including two Hong Kong-listed firms controlled by Macau casino developer...
article Gambling Rates Low in Russia
(Russia) -- A survey published Wednesday found that gambling remains unpopular among a vast majority of Russians, five years after the adoption of legislation sharply...

7/9/2014

article Russian Gaming Week goes to Sochi
(Russia) -- Smile Expo, RGW’s organiser, announced that on November 5-6 Sochi, which was recently the venue for the Winter Olympics, will host the expo.

7/8/2014

article Location of Sochi gambling zone to be determined by mid-July — deputy PM
(Russia) -- The exact location of a gambling zone in Sochi, on Russia’s Black Sea coast, will be determined within ten days, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak...
article Russia to allow gambling in Sochi
(Russia) -- Russia will allow gambling in Sochi in a bid to make continued use of the facilities that were built in the Black Sea resort for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

7/5/2014

article Crimea and Sochi See Future as Gambling Centers
(Russia) -- The State Duma passed a new law Friday bringing Crimea and, in a surprise move, post-Olympic resort town Sochi into the select group of Russian regions and...

7/4/2014

article Russia agrees to open gambling zones in Crimea, Sochi
(Russia) -- The Russian State Duma has approved a bill to establish gambling zones in Crimea and Sochi. It's aimed at making the areas more popular for tourists, and...
article Russian parliament authorizes establishment of gambling zones in Crimea, Sochi
(Russia) -- The State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, on Friday adopted a bill putting the Republic of Crimea on a list of regions where the...

7/3/2014

article Ban on Online Poker in Russia Could Be Lifted
(Russia) -- After a five-year hiatus, the government is considering legalizing online poker in Russia in hopes of pulling in an extra 5 billion rubles ($146 million) a...

6/10/2014

article Russian Gaming Week 2014 Results
(Russia) -- On the 5th of June, 2014, ECC Sokolniki hosted 8th International gambling and entertainment exhibition-forum Russian Gaming Week. So, dear friends, let...

6/4/2014

article Las Vegas on the Black Sea? Putin's Weird Economic Plan for Crimean Casinos
(Russia) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has crusaded against gambling, calling it a dangerous addiction and a magnet for organized crime. He even backed legislation...

5/4/2014

article Russian Gambling Ring Case Heads To Endgame with Vadim Trincher Sentencing
(Russia) -- In what has been a heavily watched case in both the poker world and the mainstream media, some of the final sentences have been handed down in the 2013...
article STUTZ: What’s Russian for ‘Sin City?’
(Las Vegas) -- Somehow, “What happens in Crimea, stays in Crimea,” doesn’t seem like an appropriate catchphrase. In April, a month after Russia...

4/26/2014

article Lawrence Ho Expanding His Stake in Vladivostok
(Russia) -- Macau casino mogul, Lawrence Ho, is planning to expand his gambling empire by raising his stake to 85% in a major casino project on the outskirts of...

4/24/2014

article Group Led by Lawrence Ho to Raise Stake in Russian Casino Project
(Hong Kong) -- A consortium backed by Lawrence Ho agreed to raise its stake in a casino project on the outskirts of Vladivostok to 85%, as the gambling mogul expands his...
article Hong Kong Billionaire Lawrence Ho's Summit Ascent Boosts Stake In Russian Casino
(Russia) -- Summit Ascent Holdings, a Hong Kong-listed company led by billionaire Lawrence Ho, has obtained majority control in of a casino project in the eastern...
article Putin Pushes Bill to Turn Crimea into Gambling Zone
(Russia) -- When it comes to the many issues of concern that make up the current crisis in Ukraine, whether or not Russian vacationers will be able to gamble in Crimea...
article Putin’s Crimean Gamble
(Russia) -- While Russia faces intense international pressure over the annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin appears calm. Not only is the president adamant about the...

4/23/2014

article Lawrence Ho increases stake in Russian casino
(Russia) -- Macau casino developer Lawrence Ho Yau Lung plans on raising his Russian casino stake as a consortium backed by him acquires more shares.

4/22/2014

article Consortium Led by Macau Mogul to Raise Stake in Russian Casino
(Hong Kong) -- A consortium backed by Lawrence Ho is planning to raise its stake in a casino project on the outskirts of Vladivostok to 85%, a person with direct...
article Hundreds More Sites Blocked in Russian Online Gambling Crackdown
(Russia) -- The official registry of domains blacklisted in Russia saw a substantial update earlier this month, with hundreds more online gambling domains added.

4/21/2014

article Las Vegas on the Black Sea? Putin's Weird Economic Plan for Crimean Casinos
(Russia) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has crusaded against gambling, calling it a dangerous addiction and a magnet for organized crime. He even backed legislation...
article Putin Introduces Bill On Gambling Zone in Crimea
(Russia) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced a bill on creating a specially-designated gambling zone in Crimea, according to an announcement made Monday...
article Putin proposes setting up gambling zone in Crimea
(Russia) -- President Putin has submitted a draft law to the State Duma to establish a gambling zone in Crimea, the fifth in the Russian Federation.
article Russia’s new plan for Crimea: Vegas on the Black Sea?
(Russia) -- Once upon a time, Crimea wasn't just known just for being a geo-political gray area it has become in the past few weeks. Instead, it was a place for the...
article Ukraine crisis: Russia plans Crimea casino boom
(Russia) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has presented a draft law to create a gambling zone in Crimea, now that the Kremlin has declared the Ukrainian territory...

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