Tigre de Cristal

    Tigre de Cristal is the first of as many as 8 casinos expected to open in the Primorsky Integrated Entertainment Zone (IEZ) outside of Vladivostok, Russia. Summit Ascent Holdings (Lawrence Ho) is the majority stake holder in the integrated casino resort located on Murav’inaya Harbor near Cherepaha Cape. The given address is 73 Buhta Muravinaya, Artyom, 692760.The first phase of the project opened with a soft launch on Oct. 8, 2015 with full casino gaming, eateries, and 121 room hotel on Nov. 11. Phase II is expected to open in 2018 and will include a 4 star hotel with 300 rooms and a 5 star hotel with 200 rooms. Additional gaming opportunities will include 500 more slot machines, 100 VIP tables and 70 Mass gaming tables. Non-gaming facilities will feature a shopping mall, additional food and beverage outlets, a nightclub, spa center, and conference facilities.At build-out the total number of slots is expected to be 1,300 slots, 125 VIP gaming tables and 110 Mass gaming tables.

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    Suncity ups stake in Summit Ascent to almost 28 percent

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    Mass earnings overtakes VIP at Tigre De Cristal

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    Former Royal Time Group head declared bankrupt

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    Tigre De Cristal second phase to focus on non-gaming

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    Russia does u-turn on casino tax collection

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    G1 Entertainment, Kangwon prepare for Primorye casino

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    Tigre de Cristal welcomed over 200,000 visitors in 2016

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    Melco International posts 90-fold profit rise after Melco control

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    Tigre De Cristal operator to team up with Kangwon Land

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    Virtual golf club opens at Tigre de Crystal

    G 1 Entertainment, a key investor in the Far East Primorye special gambling zone, has opened a virtual golf club on the premises of Tigre de Crystal casino. According to an announcement from the Primorye Territory administration found on its website, the $150,000 virtual golf club is named Cristal Golf. “We are trying to be […]

    Oriental Regent gains board control of Tigre De Cristal

    Lawrence Ho’s Summit Ascent Russia is said to have a majority of the directors on the board of Oriental Regent, owner of Tigre De Cristal in Russia. According to its filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange last Friday, the company will have four out of seven directors on the newly expanded Oriental Regent board, […]

    Summit Ascent Holdings reports loss due to pre-opening expenses

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    Diamond Fortune reveals plans for Selena World Resort, located in Primorye zone

     Russian-casino developer Diamond Fortune unveiled its plans for its US$900 million Selena World Resort to the Primorsky Territory Administration last week, local media reports. Located in Russia’s Primorye gaming zone, near Russia’s Far East, the casino will consist of three distinct areas and gaming floors, Golden Gate, Moon Gate and Sun Casino & Resort, all […]

    Half of all Tigre Casino’s visitors are from Asia, John Wang says

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    Chinese flock to Russia’s gaming zone in more competition for Macau

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    Primorye sets new conditions for future investors

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    Tiger welcomes guests at Tigre de Cristal official opening

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    Russian authorities to introduce new conditions for investors

    In a bid to speed up the construction of the Primorye gaming zone, Russian authorities have decided to introduce new conditions for investors, local media reported. After proving they have the funds to successfully implement their projects, investors will now have to compete based on which can offer the most promising conditions, Russian Presidential Envoy […]

    Tigre De Cristal to undergo three to six month ramp-up period

    Summit Ascent Holdings said in a filing that its majority-owned integrated resort development in the Russian Far East is expected to undergo a three to six month ramp-up period before full operating capacity is reached. The Phase I project, Tigre De Cristal, in the integrated entertainment zone of the Primorsky Krai in the Russian Far […]

    Russia’s Tigre de Cristal project presented at Eastern Economic Forum

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    Crimea chooses gambling zone location, Primorye opening date slips

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    Summit Ascent completes hiring for Russia project, sees Aug. opening

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    Korean firms eye Primorye zone

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    Investors dodge tax bullet, discuss development plans

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    Tax changes rock Russia’s gambling sector

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    Primorye picks up development pace

    The Russian gambling zone of Primorye, which has not been developing as fast as anticipated, is stepping up its efforts to attract more investors as part of an ambitious plan to almost treble visitor numbers by 2025. The company developing the zone is seeking expressions of interest to auction three plots of vacant land and has held talks with groups from Russia, Europe and China.

    Casinos debut amid talk of new zones

    Russia’s southern and western gaming zones have seen a flurry of activity over the past few months, while reports have emerged of new areas being considered for casino investment. Moscow designated four zones for casino gambling in 2009 in remote locations on the fringes of the country and outlawed gambling anywhere else. Since then, the zones have been expanded to six to include the Crimea and Sochi, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. While one of the original zones -- Azov City -- is expected to be closed down. According to reports more zones may be on the cards, raising question marks over the shifting sands of Russian regulation for foreign investors.

    Tigre de Cristal eyes non-gaming to lure local crowds

    Tigre de Cristal, Russia’s biggest casino, is focusing on its non-gaming attractions to boost revenue following lower-than-expected demand from locals for its casino offering. While the resort is primarily targeting visitors from Northern China for growth, at present the tourism infrastructure is lacking, forcing a greater focus on the domestic market, experts say. 

    Tax hike proposal gambles with Russian casino prospects

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    “One Belt, One Road” to drive tourism/casino growth

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    Tigre de Cristal counts on unique position, tourism under penetration

    Summit Ascent Holdings is counting on the under penetration of the North Asian markets and its head start in the Primorye gaming zone to ensure the success of its new Tigre de Cristal property in Russia’s Far East. Speaking to AGB, Eric Landheer, Director - Corporate Finance and Strategy of Summit Ascent Holdings says the resort has a unique market position and is one of the only true integrated resorts in northern Asia. 

    Can Siberia’s Tigre de Cristal roar in Russia’s Far East?

    The first casino in Russia’s Far East, which has been touted as a potential Macau of the north, has officially opened after lengthy delays.The Tigre de Cristal held its soft launch on Oct. 8th in the Primorye gaming zone near the city of Vladivostok. The debut of the casino has been postponed multiple times since 2011, but the pace of development picked up when Asian investors became involved in the project in 2013. The resort is expected to appeal mainly to travellers from northern China and Korea, although unlike in many other Asian countries locals will also be able to participate. About 300 million people live within a three-hour flight of Vladivostok. 

    Operators upbeat on Russia despite regulatory uncertainty

    Potential investors say they remain upbeat about the prospects for Russia’s gaming zones, despite continuing regulatory uncertainty and the unpredictability of the government, which abruptly announced the shutdown of the Azov area earlier this year. Russian Gaming Week, held in Moscow from June 3-4, attracted about 4,000 attendees, double the number of the prior year.
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