Shambala Grand Opening in Primorye EMEA

Te Primorye gaming zone outside Vladivostok in the Russian Far East welcomed the RUB$3.5bn (US$48.8m) Shambhala Casino on October 16

Te casino is aiming to attract 100,000 to Primorye each year, and owned and operated by Shambala CJSC, which opened its first Russian casino in Krasnodar


GERMANY – The Wiesseer Spielbank in Bad Wiessee, owned by Lotto Bayern, has seen its gross gaming revenues fall by 27 per cent in 2020 compared to the previous year. Due to the pandemic, the casinos were closed from March 14 to May 10. In 2019, the casino had a turnover of €26.3m. The number of guests over this period has fallen by 36.71 per cent. Across Bavaria as a whole, gaming revenue has dropped by 22 per cent.

The shortfall in income will also have an impact on the casino tax that Bad Wiessee receives as the local authority. In 2019, gaming tax amounted to €3.9m. Oliver Fisch, press spokesman for Lotto Bayern's casinos department, said: "The further development of the business is difficult to predict.” Slots reopened on May 11, but only with around half of the existing quota switched on. On June 15, table gaming was launched again with restrictions to protect health.”

SLOVENIA – Spintec has announced the addition to its team of experienced gaming industry specialist, Ana Zlender Tokuhisa. Renato Bicic, Sales Director at Spintec, stated: “We are delighted

to have Ana join our team and we look forward to the accomplishments we can achieve together. Ana’s extensive sales background and business development skills will help our current partnerships and expand our international sales presence.”

GERMANY – Cashpoint, a Gauselmann subsidiary, is the first company to have been granted a licence to host both online and land-based sports betting across the whole of Germany. It received the licence on October 9, 2020 from the Regional Council of Darmstadt. “We are delighted to be the first company to be able to offer our betting programme under a state licence to our sports-loving customers,” stated Markus Ettlin who is responsible for the sports betting division within the Gauselmann Group. “After many years of legal limbo, binding rules now apply to everyone on the German sports betting market. First and foremost, this strengthens consumer and player protection. Now it is not only customers, but also politicians, authorities and society that can distinguish unauthorised providers from authorised ones.”

Company founder Paul Gauselmann, was thrilled about the licence having been granted: “Back in 2014, my corporate group more than satisfied all of the requirements for the first licensing process and emerged as number one from the examination of this extensive process. Unfortunately, it has taken until today to end this state of legal uncertainty. However, it gives me all the more pleasure that we are now finally the first to be license holders.”


Te Primorye gaming zone outside Vladivostok in the Russian Far East officially welcomed its second casino on Friday October 16 when the RUB$3.5bn (US$48.8m) Shambhala Casino opened its doors. Te 5,200sqm. of gaming space held a soft opening last month to test its equipment. It will also host a restaurant, two fast food venues and a theatre.

Construction of a second phase will start in 2022 and will include several hotels, a conference hall, a golf course, amusement park, water park and a diving club, pushing the cost towards RUB8bn (US$11.5m).

Te casino, which is aiming to attract 100,000 people to Primorye each year, is owned and operated by Shambala CJSC, who opened its first Russian casino in Krasnodar back in 2004. Te venue marks only the second casino in Primorye, bringing competition for the Suncity- owned Tigre de Cristal.

Maxim Smolentsev, General Director of Shambala CJSC, said local authorities had supported the project 'in every possible way.'

He said: "In the short term, we see the Primorye

Inspired's virtuals set to become the first to be approved in Turkey


Inspired Entertainment's Virtual Sports will be the first Virtuals product authorised in Turkey on behalf of the Turkish National Lottery.

Inspired signed a contract with Sisal Sans, a Turkish joint venture between Sisal SPA and Şans Digital ve Interaktif Hizmetler Teknoloji Yatirim, to provide its V-Play Plug & Play solution, a complete end-to- end online virtual sportsbook product, to players in the Turkish market.

Inspired’s Virtual Sports have been authorised by the Turkish Wealth Fund Management and will now be available on desktop and mobile through

IRC as a pan-Asian resort that attracts tourists from many countries of the world," adding though that Shambala's primary target markets would be Japan, Cambodia, China and South Korea. We are not going to become a closed club for the elite.

“Our casino will be truly popular – a place where people are always in a good mood, where each guest is a part of a large, incessant holiday and can have a pleasant time, regardless of how much they are ready to bet on the game.”

Deputy Chairman Konstantin Shestakov said the casino would offer 'a fabulous service' to high-rolling gamblers, but stressed “we are not going to become a closed elite club.”

Igor Trofimov, Executive Director of the Primorsky Krai Development Corporation, believes that eventually 12 hotel and casino complexes will be developed in the Primorye region including those under construction by NagaCorp and Diamond Fortune.

NagaCorp is set to open in 2022, at which point the gambling zone is hoping to attract 1.2m tourists a year.

In 2019, Italy’s Sisal Group, in partnership with Şans Digital ve Interaktif Hizmetler Teknoloji Yatirim, an affiliate of Turkey conglomerate Demirören Holding, won the bidding process called by Turkey’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, the licence holder of the Turkish National Lottery (Milli Piyango) for a 10-year operational contract.

“We have worked with Sisal for many years in Italy, supplying our video lottery terminals, Virtuals and mobile products. We are thrilled to partner with their Turkish joint venture, Sisal Sans, to offer our Virtuals products in Turkey,” commented Brooks Pierce, President and COO, Inspired. “Our Virtuals have proven popular in the UK, Italy and Greece and we see Turkey as an opportunity to showcase our new Plug & Play solution and the strength of our overall Virtuals offerings.”


Belgium’s Consultative Committee, which has replaced the previous government’s National Security Council, has issued a new decree outlining that casinos, slot halls and arcades can only allow a maximum of 40 people through their doors. With coronavirus infection rates the highest in Europe by mid-October, the Belgian government has described the situation as ‘serious’ but not yet ‘desperate.’

Amid fears of a full lockdown, casinos have also had a curfew of 11:30pm imposed, they can’t open before 6am, and require visitors to register their contact details for track and trace.

No food or drink is allowed to be sold or consumed on site, and customers must wear face masks at all times. Belgium’s nine casinos reopened at the start of July.

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