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Results of Russian Gaming Week Sochi 2016

Publication date: 07 nov 2016

Results of Russian Gaming Week Sochi 2016

On October 27, 2016 we have once again gathered gambling business experts together at the RGW forum in Sochi. The main topics of the event included the prospects of Krasnaya polyana gaming zone and new legislative developments in gambling regulation sector.

The conference was opened by the deputy head of the Department for Resort and Tourism of Sochi City Administration Yuliya Malorodnova. She quickly became the main newsmaker of the event, after the announcement about the launch date of the first casino in Krasnaya polyana. According to her, the venue will be opened for guests starting from December 24 for testing, and on January 5, 2017 there will be an official opening ceremony. Gambling entertainment should increase the tourist flow by 600 hundred people per year.


The gaming zone will have a positive impact on the development of the betting shops located closely to it. Such a point of view was expressed by the top managers of betting house Bingo Boom Konstantin Makarov and Valeriy Molchanov.

The former director of the Association for the development of the Azov-City reminded the audience of the need of cooperation between the operators. He stressed the importance of creating industrial unions. And the InTech CEO and security systems expert Stanislav Verigin gave professional advice on how to protect the casino from fraud on the part of the players.

We couldn’t omit the issues, regarding the changes in the Russian gambling legislation. This topic was covered in the reports of the lawyers Mariya Lepschikova (PL LLC) and Alexander Tarasenko (Baker & McKenzie). Mariya has analyzed the amendments to the law on the organization and holding of gambling activities. Alexander told the audience about the issue of blocking the websites and applications.

Involved in the conference were also ex-president of SRO in bookmaking sector Nikolay Oganezov and CEO of Tigre de Cristal casino Craig Robertson Ballantyne.

“As we expected there were a lot of visitors. The site was packed with experts in the field of gambling entertainment, businessmen and journalists” said the curator of the Conference Victoria Budanova. “The topic of the forthcoming opening of a gambling zone in Krasnaya polyana was especially interesting for the attendees. Leading experts discussed the problems of existing gaming zones and revealed the prospects of the new one. I hope that in a year RGW Sochi will take place once again and we will be able to offer our participants to visit new casinos in Krasnaya polyana” she noted.


Each Russian Gaming Week conference is not only a platform for the discussion of topical issues. All our events also include the exhibition of advanced solutions for the business creation and development. This time in Sochi it presented the products of such companies as Slotegrator, IMPULSE Sport Betting, KSI Corporation, МЕТЕОBЕТ, CASEXE, Prospectacy, UB│GAMING, World Biff, InTech.

The RGW Sochi has completed a range of our gambling events of the year. In 2016 we’ve held:

  • Georgian Gaming Congress and Casino Forum Batumi in Georgia,
  • Betting Trends Forum in Russia and two Russian Gaming Week forums.

The team of Smile-Expo has already started to work on the future events.


«We look forward to seeing you at our conferences next year and traditionally we will start from Georgia”, announced the upcoming gambling congress Victoria Budanova. - Follow the calendar of our exhibitions and conferences on the website and subscribe to our news in order not to miss anything interesting.»






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