First Sochi casino to open in December

The first casino in the Sochi gaming zone is expected to open its doors in December, said the city’s administration representative Yulia Malorodnova, local media reports.

“The soft-launch of the first casino is scheduled for December 24, while a grand launch is expected on 5 January 2017,” Malorodnova said at the Sochi Gaming Week.

According to her, the Sochi gambling zone, which will be located in local resorts “Gorky Gorod” and “Roza Khutor”, will be able to simultaneously receive 1,700 people.

“Operators of gambling zones plan to receive up to 600,000 visitors to Sochi a year,” Malorodnova said, adding that the gambling business is expected to bring not less than RUB 120 million ($2 million) in taxes to the city budget.