Primorye’s gaming hub dream edges towards reality

The concept of a casino and entertainment hub in Russia’s Far East will take a further step towards fruition this summer with the expected opening of the Shambala Casino. It will be the second integrated resort in Russia’s Primorye gambling zone, with a further property being developed by Nagacorp likely to open next year.  The Shambala casino is being built by businessman Maxim Smolentsev, who already operates a casino in Russia’s Azov City zone. So far, 3.5 billion rubles have been invested in the Shambhala resort out of a total projected cost of 8 billion rubles. The second stage will begin in 2022 and will feature a five-star hotel with 270 rooms, a spa area, a banquet hall and a conference hall. The main gaming hall will occupy an area of 5200 sq. m, which is more than other casinos in Russia. “In the short term, we see the Primorye IRC as a pan-Asian...

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