Gaming zones struggle with bureaucracy, lack of infrastructure

 The tenth Russian Gaming Week conference was held in Moscow earlier this month, but a promised focus on the country’s land-based industry failed to materialize. Organizers had scheduled discussions on the often confusing and ever-shifting situation in Russia’s gambling zones on the second day of the conference, but the program was replaced by a set of marketing presentations, with no explanation given. The talk was otherwise dominated by concern over corruption in sports and the ongoing issue with Russia’s online payments system for bookmakers. Despite the high-profile launch of Summit Ascent’s Tigre de Cristal in Primorye last year, experts say the reality is that the zones in Russia are struggling. Samoil Binder, Deputy Head of the Russian Association of Gambling Business, said the situation is “deplorable.” Russian President Vladimir Putin banned gambling in Russia in 2009 except in four designated gambling zones that were subsequently expanded to include Sochi and the recently...

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