Until recently it seemed impossible, but on January 5 2017 in the gaming zone "Krasnaya Polyana" the first casino with a real poker club was launched.
And that is not all. From January 20th-30th Sochi Casino and Resort will host the first stage of the EART series (Eurasian Poker Tour) with a total guaranteed prize pool of $ 500,000.
This is quite an impressive start, so we will tell you more about the casino and the series below.
The "Krasnaya Polyana" Gaming Zone, which is located near the ski resort of the same name in Sochi, is far from being the first to feature legal casinos.
Much earlier, casinos were built in "Azov-City", the Altai, and the Far East. Yet, Sochi is on another level. There is a world-class resort, an airport, and a complete entertainment infrastructure.
This is what the owners/management of the casino emphasize, hoping that they will occupy their deserved place among world brands, like Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore.
"The turnover of the gambling industry in Macao amounted to about 7 billion dollars in 2006, by 2014 it grew six-fold, up to 44 billion dollars. We believe that Sochi has the same potential, "- said the General Director of Cushman & Wakefield Sergey Riabokobylko.
"Sochi Casino and Resort" is an entertainment complex which has no analogues in Russia. It will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 visitors simultaneously.
It will operate 569 slot machines and 70 gaming tables,"- said the Deputy General Manager of the casino Paul Edwards.
We can add that the casino will run a poker club with at least 10 gaming tables. Naturally, during the poker series, the number of tables will be considerably larger.