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Legal online gaming starts in Estonia
The Baltic state of Estonia legalised operation of online
gambling and gaming on 1 January, following the passage of
legislation last year. The only legal platforms are those
operated by companies licensed in the country such as
Olympic Entertainment Group, which has teamed up with
Playtech. OEG intends to roll out its offering across all the
EUROPE CENTRAL, EAST & CIS markets where it operates and where possible create
synergies with its land-based estate.
Despite the
The Platinum Casino in
Ploie ti is located in
recession, there Prahova Plaza hotel in the
are still some
centre of the city.
casino openings:
have gone for a high quality
the top class
modern décor. We’ve spent a
model chosen by
lot of time on the small details
and I think we now have the
operator Platinum
most beautiful casino in
Casino in Romania Romania. For example, we
appears to be one
have exquisite modern wall-
that is reaping
paper and patterns of fibre-
optics in the ceiling. And all
rewards even now our tables are from Abbiati.
and will do in the
We know how to operate in
future. General
this business: our philoso-
phy is to put in the best
manager Shay quality right at the beginning
Ivan talked to
which will last for many years
Hugh Sorrill.
rather than just a few.”
There is also a luxurious
50-seat restaurant serving
Ploieşti gets a
international and Romanian
specialities and a large bar.
In its first month, Ivan has
noted a broad spread of cus-
Platinum upgrade
tomers: “About half our
guests are local and about
half are visitors, either busi-
ness people or tourists - we
are close to the Transylvan-
ian Alps, and people stop
here on the way. In the casino
classact industry and other manu- we see a lot of guests from
ROMANIA facturing.
A stylish, modern
China, Turkey, Greece and
“We are located right in
décor with minute
Israel but also from England,
As several casinos in the centre of the city in the
attention to detail
Spain and Austria. It’s a very
Romania are forced to close four-star Prahova Plaza hotel,” mixed clientele.”
their doors, Platinum Casino general manager Shay Ivan The economic environ-
has reversed the trend with told International Casino ment is not ideal for opening
the opening of its new venue Review. “In our first month a new casino but Ivan is con-
in Ploiesti on 1 December. It we saw good business, even fident that Platinum Casino
is the company’s third in the though many of the foreign Ploiesti will succeed where
country after the Platinum visitors went home for Christ- others are failing: “Last year
Casino in the Radisson SAS mas - I was surprised at how the law changed and casino
Hotel in Bucharest and in the good it was. In the new year, taxes were effectively
Iaki Hotel in Mamaia on the we have seen more and more doubled and with the diffi-
shores of the Black Sea. people returning to Ploiesti cult economy, several casinos
Platinum’s casinos are at for work. We are now wel- have closed and more will
the high end, unlike many coming more than 200 visi- close this year - there are too
rivals that are now suffering tors a day.” many anyway. But this is a
in the downturn. In Ploiesti, The casino covers a club also allows the highest machines including Novo- sive VIP salons, which also young country in a lot of
it has chosen a strong loca- modest 2,000sq m and stakes in Romania, up to E500 matic Super Gaminators and offer a private entrance and ways: it is growing all the
tion, an industrial city 60km houses 13 gaming tables on roulette and E5,000 on Touchbet Roulette and private parking for our time. I think that in six
north of the capital that is offering roulette, dice, Texas blackjack. There are more Atronic’s King Kong Cash. higher-end guests,” said Ivan. months to a year, things will
benefiting from the oil Hold’Em and blackjack. The than 80 of the latest slot “We also have two exclu- “But throughout the club we pick up again.”
Cubus Lux licence
Return of
extended in Croatia
gambling to
Ukraine still distant
longerview expansion opportunities, fainthope now decided that poker is
CROATIA as the new Croatian UKRAINE gambling and should also be
gaming law for casino banned.
Resort and casino operator operators, effective as of 1 The prospect of a swift return Ukraine is currently in the
Cubus Lux has had its January 2010, permits for of a perhaps better-regulated process of electing a new
uncapped operating the first time online gambling industry to Ukraine president: how the country
licence extended by gaming to be provided by has receded after the cabinet decides - or the courts,
another five years by the licensees.” of ministers in January depending on the clarity,
Croatian government, the The company currently decided to exclude it from freedom and fairness of the
maximum period available. owns and operates two the list of economic activities vote - will affect the
The confirmation came casinos in Croatia, making that can be licensed. prospects for re-legalisation
on 31 December as the old it the second largest opera- The move reinforces the of gambling and casinos.
licence was due to expire. tor after the state-owned law that banned gambling There are moves among
The company said in a Croatian Lottery: its Las overnight in July last year. various factions to bring
statement: “[This] exten- Vegas brand venues are Poker originally managed them back to large cities and
sion will enable the group located in the tourist to escape the interdiction tourist resorts but in far fewer
to continue its investment resorts of Pula and Selce. having been placed on a list numbers and with much
programme into further Its licence allows it to open that recognised it as sport in tighter regulation. Until then,
casinos in Croatia. [It] pro- an unlimited number of the country. As in Russia, the underground scene con-
vides addition potential year-round venues. however, the authorities have tinues to flourish.
14 February 2010 • europecentraleast&cisnews
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