How Did The Opening Of The First Legal Casino In Kyiv Go And What Difficulties Did The Organizers Face?

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On May 14, 2021, an elite gambling house Shangri La Casino Kyiv was opened in the capital of Ukraine. The casino is owned by Storm International. Today it is the only foreign operator that has decided to enter the Ukrainian market. The casino created 300 new official jobs and paid about UAH 72 million to the state budget for just one basic gambling license. The gambling industry perceives Shangri La casinos as a quality standard, and other operators try to inherit the declared level, which favorably affects the reputation of the entire niche. 

It should be noted that the gambling business legalization can significantly replenish the state budget. And the amount of taxes, license fees and other receipts from one large casino can be compared to the monthly budget of a small Ukrainian city. 

Since the decision to legalize the gambling business in Ukraine, the holding has been tirelessly working on the new casino preparation. To open a new gambling location, the organizers had to overcome a number of difficulties. And as they say in the company, it was initially "mission impossible". It was necessary to agree with the hotel on the exact location and area of the premises, to approve all investment and operating budgets. The company did not have an exact idea of when it would be possible to open the complex due to the law on gambling equipment certification and licensing, and therefore could not plan a full-fledged opening. And the organizers were very pleasantly surprised when more than 200 people came on the launch day without advertising and without inviting foreign players from a huge database. 

“I am proud of our team and the fact that in such a short time we managed to launch a casino of such a level as Shangri La Kyiv. Thus, it marked the return after more than a decade of banning the casino industry in Ukraine” – noted Michael Botcher. 

So, the locals and the city guests spent an unforgettable evening. The new complex impresses with large high ceilings and huge chandeliers. It is very luxurious indeed. All gambling halls and private rooms are available at any time of the day or night and provide ideal conditions for playing. Each space has been furnished to provide guests with maximum comfort. Experienced dealers serve 20 tables in the main room, offering a variety of popular games, including roulette, blackjack, three card poker and others. Slots players will be able to enjoy the game on innovative slot machines with large HD monitors. There are 80 exciting games, including electronic roulette, from top developers EGT, IGT, Novamatic and Scientific Games, and also you can hit a great jackpot. For experienced players who want to spend time in a chamber atmosphere and play at higher bets, there is a separate entrance to the premium zone. 

The Best Hotel In Kyiv Welcomes Shangri La Guests 

Monumental and at the same time elegant, Fairmont Grand Hotel is located on Podil, a stone's throw from Andriyivsky Descent, in the tourist heart of Kyiv. It is known for its traditional hospitality, where every guest is welcomed and special. Comfortable and cozy design rooms, a signature breakfast and exquisite delights from the chef, Hayk Veyshtort in the ZIA restaurant, pleasant music at tea in the lobby, a harmoniously selected art objects collection in the interiors, professional staff - everything is thought out to the smallest detail. The hotel's special pride is the Atrium hall, decorated with fine carvings and elegant gilding, which creates an additional charm effect in a truly royal hall. 

All 258 rooms deserve special attention. Most of the hotel windows face the mighty Dnipro - this gorgeous view alone deserves a five-star rating! Empire style furniture and refined bathroom interiors will be appreciated by true classics connoisseurs. 

Unsurprisingly, this hotel has become the most popular among the rich and famous people. The most magnificent weddings and birthdays are held here. In recent years, many Ukrainian and foreign celebrities have performed at the hotel's venues. World-class conferences on politics, economics and other topics are also often held at Fairmont Grand Hotel. 

About Brand 

The new gambling house in Kyiv is a part of the Shangri La casino chain, which has been successfully operating in the CIS countries under the management of Storm International since 1992. All branded units are distinguished by luxurious and stylish design, a large selection of games, and a very pleasant staff. These are precisely the moments that are so important for guests who prefer a gambling holiday. In addition to land-based establishments, the brand is actively developing Internet platforms. Here you can find more than 1,000 online slots, scratchcards, live casino games, the sportsbook and much more. 

The Shangri La chain is famous not only for the wide gambling possibilities, but also for its events, bright shows and draws of impressive prizes. Every season, exclusive parties are held in all establishments of the brand. Shangri La Tbilisi has already twice delighted its customers with a draw of a Maserati car. Shangri La Minsk made its guests happy with three Audi cars. And the recently opened Shangri La Casino Kyiv will soon please the most active player - who will be solemnly presented with a Big Bear Chopper motorcycle model Miss Behavior worth 450 000 hryvnias. There are also profitable promotions on the gaming site. Players receive as many bonuses as in the best live online casinos in Canada and the United States.

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