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 opening of what is Russia’s biggest casino was attended by about 1,000 guests. It will have its grand opening ceremony on November 12th. “We are certain that implementation of this project will attract additional investments to all spheres of tourism in Primorye Territory and the Integrated Entertainment Zone. Primorye will become a world-level holiday destination and attract visitors from all APR regions,” Craig Ballantyne, CEO of developer G1, was cited as saying at the event.  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...

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