Digitain won a prestigious award at the Ukrainian Gaming Week Awards ceremony


Digitain company won the first place in the category “The best supplier of the land-based gambling industry” at the Ukrainian Gaming Week Awards. The event was held in Kiev on the basis of the facilities of the International Exhibition Center. Here, under one roof, about 3,000 participants and guests got acquainted with new products and advanced solutions in the gambling sphere, and more than two dozen companies from 15 countries of the world presented their products.

Ukrainian Gaming Week became the first gambling exhibition and conference on the territory of Ukraine after the official legalization of the gambling entertainment industry in the country. The corresponding document was signed by the President of the state Vladimir Zelensky in August 2020. The UGW Award is awarded to European gambling brands that have achieved the greatest success and demonstrated significant growth at the end of the year.

Digitain is an Armenian company that supplies multi-channel platforms for online casinos and land-based gambling establishments. In addition, the developer provides gambling operators with its own portfolio of slots, solutions for casino aggregators, mechanisms for creating websites and other highly specialized tools.

Lilit Azatyan, Head of Digitain’s B2B Marketing Department, commented on this landmark event for the organization: “We are pleased to be recognized by the prestigious UGW Awards for the high standards of our advanced products. After such a difficult year, we really appreciate that the professionalism of the Digitain teams responsible for our development and platform was marked in this way.”

She added: “The award recognizes the continuous innovation and creativity of solutions for a variety of companies in this industry provided by the Digitain teams. We thank them for their hard work and enthusiasm. The victory at the Ukrainian Gaming Week Awards ceremony is a huge honor for us.”

Recall that a casino is going to be opened in an elite hotel in Kiev opposite the Verkhovna Rada.

A visitor to The Venetian Resort Casino has won a progressive jackpot


In the American capital of gambling entertainment, a truly large win was recorded. Its size is even more surprising when you find out the amount of the player’s bet. However, this fact adds a certain kind of uniqueness to the whole situation, distinguishing it from hundreds of others.

The episode took place in one of the most prestigious hotels and casinos in Las Vegas-The Venetian Resort. Many people call this object the business card of the city. Here, in a luxurious and very spacious hall, there is a set of a wide variety of slot machines. At one of them, a visitor decided to catch his luck by the tail, who eventually asked the administration to keep his personal data secret.

According to the operator’s report, the guest sat down at the device from the reputable IGT slot developer called Wheel of Fortune Wild Red Sevens. He didn’t want to take too much risk, so he made a modest bet of five dollars. The wheel began to spin, and a few seconds later, an inscription about the jackpot won appeared on the screen, accompanied by victorious music. Its size was more than 1.5 million US dollars.

As a result, the visitor received a check for an incredible $1,578,584. It turned out that the lucky guy managed to win the progressive jackpot from IGT.

“I can’t believe what happened. Everything happened very quickly — I just sat down to play, and immediately I was informed that I had become a millionaire. I am grateful to fate for such a gift. This money will greatly help me in the implementation of my plans. To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever be so lucky again,” the winner admitted.

Earlier, the Wheel of Fortune machine made a resident of Virginia richer. At the Las Vegas casino South Point, an anonymous person won significantly less — only 292,374 US dollars. However, this situation once again proves the effectiveness of the devices from the IGT company.

Recall that a visitor to Harrah’s Las Vegas won more than $290,000 at the poker table of the hotel-casino.

Ukraine will continue to support the legalization of casinos


Head of the All-Ukrainian Gambling Association (Ukrainian Gambling Council) Anton Kuchukhidze in his speech noted the firm desire of the top leadership of the state to support the gradual process of legalization of gambling business in the country. According to him, the reform of the local gambling sector is increasing its effectiveness every day.

The functionary bases his own position on already launched mechanisms. One of them, according to Kuchukhidze, is a large-scale fight against the shadow market and corruption tools. He noted that for the first time since 2009, when the authorities vetoed gambling entertainment, the gambling business “returned to the mainstream of the law, dealing a serious blow to illegal schemes.”

In addition, as the head of the Ukrainian Gambling Council noted, the legalization of gambling in Ukraine has attracted increased attention to the issue of social protection of citizens, children and vulnerable segments of society.

“The experience of 12 years ago showed that it turned out to be an unbearable burden to stop the gambling business. The illegal schemes that have appeared have become a guarantee of large incomes for their authors, but not for the state. The society was left without any protection. But recently adopted profile initiatives have provided support for children and citizens dependent on excitement. Now the authorities have received tools to control the responsibility of operators. Now we are on a civilized track, ” Anton Kuchukhidze said.

The expert concluded his argument with information about the financial component of the development of gambling business in the country. So, he once again focused his attention on the fact that Ukrainian licenses are the most expensive on the European continent. According to him, the state is very interested in attracting foreign investment, so it will support the process of legalization and reform of the industry in every possible way.

He also recalled that now about ten large foreign operators, whose names are widely known, are waiting for the decision of the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries of Ukraine to issue a local license.

The expert is sure that Ukraine will get a lot of advantages from the development of gambling business in the country.

The expert called the advantages of the legalization of gambling in Ukraine


According to the head of the All-Ukrainian Gambling Association (Ukrainian Gambling Council) Anton Kuchukhidze, Ukraine will get a lot of benefits from the development of a mass segment of gambling entertainment on the territory of the country. The functionary voiced his opinion during the discussion of the current state of affairs in the local industry at the profile conference “Trends in social responsibility of the gambling business”.

He confirmed his theses with the recent adoption of a number of amendments to the Tax Code, which established new fees for representatives of the gambling sphere. Thus, operators will be required to send to the budget 18% of their profit, a fee for each hired employee and additional deductions, including income and military fees. The expert also pointed out that investors have already invested about UAH 5 billion in a business related to the industry. The money will be used to modernize the infrastructure of cities and create new jobs, the head of the Ukrainian Gambling Council said.

“The most relevant topic for many is the income that will be received from the activities of legal casinos, bookmakers and lotteries. I am surprised by the fact that no one has touched on this issue over the past 12 years, and every day during this period of time our country has lost millions of dollars. But to fight withno one wanted a shadow market. Now Ukraine is in a good position, when the budget is filled with additional funds from the sale of gambling licenses. Today, this volume has reached the figure of 1 billion hryvnia. We still have time until the end of the year, so we will try to increase the benefits for the treasury,” Anton Kuchukhidze said.

According to him, at the moment, the development of gambling business in Ukraine has entered a positive stage, and the country is beginning to benefit from the entry of foreign companies and wealthy investors into the industry. At the same time, as Kuchukhidze noted, the struggle for the integrity and efficiency of the local market is not over yet.

We remind that Ukraine has started developing a Memorandum on gambling advertising.

The register of self-excluded players has started working in Ukraine


According to the updated information of the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) of Ukraine, the register of citizens who are restricted or prohibited from entering Ukrainian gambling establishments and/or participating in gambling has officially started working in the country. The corresponding order is published on the website of the regulator.

The authors of the document claim that it is designed to fight ludomania and will provide the principles of responsible gambling in real life.

According to the accepted norms, the organizers of the gambling business, who work on the territory of Ukraine under the official license of KRAIL, must now grant customers the right to independently restrict their access to the services of casinos, slot machine halls, bookmakers and lotteries. The minimum ban period is 6 months, the maximum is 3 years.

In order to formalize this procedure, the organizer or the KRAIL is obliged to accept a written request from an individual (applicant), simultaneously confirming his identity. In addition, all gambling establishments will identify each visitor at the entrance in order to prevent the admission to gambling entertainment of persons under 21 years of age and citizens who are prohibited from entering gambling facilities according to the relevant law.

A person’s name can be entered in the “stop list” by one of his family members in the first line of kinship or an official representative. The decision of the judicial authority is also a legal basis for restricting the participation of a particular citizen in the gambling business.

The draft law prescribes the main criteria for the admission of Ukrainians to gambling. The first prerequisite is to reach the age of 21. Secondly, a potential client of a casino and a BC should not experience serious financial problems. If his debts exceed 250,000 hryvnias, then he risks getting into the exclusion register. Alimony, subsidies and large loans can also cause a ban on visiting institutions.

Recall that Stakelogic has officially received a Ukrainian gambling license.

Vadim Galygin told about the creation of an online slot Dig Dig Digger


Recently, the gambling software development studio BGaming announced the release of a new online slot called Dig Dig Digger. The prototype of the main character of the game was the famous Belarusian comedian Vadim Galygin. He also took an active part in its development. In an exclusive interview, the showman told about some details of the creation of the slot.

So, Vadim Galygin admitted that he had long wanted to become the author of some game, so the offer from BGaming it was received on time. According to him, the image of the main character of the game, the scientist-traveler Kapai, has long lived in his head. He regularly showed it on stage when he was still performing in KVN, but this time he managed to realize his plans in the online space.

When asked what was the most exciting thing in the process of creating the game, Galygin replied: “I participated in almost all stages-from drawing sketches to voice acting. I admit that it was very difficult to choose one of the proposed variants of the main character, which were drawn by artists. Our task was to find a balance between our preferences and the wishes of the players. Gradually, the character began to look like what I imagined him to be. Skinny legs, an elongated nose, an incomprehensible hairstyle are his features that emphasize his character.”

“The voice-over process was especially fascinating. We were looking for puns, jokes. We tried to make our jokes understandable in all languages, ” the comedian said.

In addition, Vadim Galygin admitted that the most active and attentive users will be able to find several tips in the online slot Dig Dig Digger that will lead them to much more significant winnings.

He also indirectly confirmed that he will continue to cooperate with BGaming to create new exciting developments. According to him, they already have some very interesting ideas for the next games.

Recall that BGaming, together with the World Boxing Council, has released a new online slot.

KRAIL has established new rules for the gambling business


The Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries of Ukraine (KRAIL) has published the first rules of responsible gambling in the country. The norms strictly regulate a number of aspects of the work of operators of the local gambling sphere.

The rules define responsible provisions on gambling entertainment for companies within the new market after last year Ukraine adopted a bill on the legalization of a wide range of gambling verticals.

Among the accepted norms, there is a serious restriction on bonuses for existing players. Thus, according to the document, operators “are obliged to refrain from providing players with any bonus payments and/or remuneration with goods, services as incentive measures, the provision of which is directly or indirectly related to the client’s losses in a certain game.”

In other words, from now on, gambling companies will not be able to offer a bonus to their visitors or give it away, because they lost money in the process of entertainment. In addition, all players should be able to independently exclude and set deposit limits. Users should also get the right to take into account the amount of time they spent at gaming tables or slot machines.

KRAIL also requires all operators operating within the Ukrainian jurisdiction to train their employees to recognize possible signs of gambling addiction in a particular client of a casino or bookmaker.

However, the development of the legal gambling entertainment industry in Ukraine is hindered by problems in the Tax Code. In February of this year, the Legislative Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine put forward for a vote bill 2713-d, which sets tax rates at 10% of gross income for all verticals of this business.However, the parliamentarians have not yet voted for this initiative. According to Darren Keane, executive director of Storm International, this circumstance will not allow Ukraine to receive a sufficient amount of foreign investment.

Recall that in Ukraine, a “stop list” of citizens who are prohibited from entering gambling establishments has been launched.

Legalization of gambling business in Ukraine has become an incentive for the development of business activity-expert


Head of the All-Ukrainian Gambling Council Anton Kuchukhidze in his interview told about one of the main advantages of the legalization of gambling in Ukraine. According to the expert, the withdrawal of the gambling sphere from the “shadow” to the official plane will stimulate the development of business activity in the country and attract foreign investment.

An important step towards the detenization of this industry was the holding of the first Ukrainian gambling exhibition called “Gaming Industry”since 2009. According to Kuchukhidze, as a result of the organization of this event, Ukraine became the fifth country of the Old World where such events were held.

He noted that at the exhibition, which was attended by the head of the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) Ivan Rudy and Boris Baum, the First Deputy of the Consulting and Expert Council of KRAIL, presented products and services of operators from 11 countries. This indicator is a “PR” for Ukraine, the functionary is sure.

“Behind-the-scenes communication with representatives of Western business has once again confirmed their interest in the Ukrainian jurisdiction. However, they cannot determine their strategy until the tax issue is resolved. Major operators monitor the development of our market, but there are certain legislative obstacles. The early adoption of new tax rates can move the solution of this problem from the dead point and fill the budget with foreign investment, ” Anton Kuchukhidze is sure.

According to the expert, the “Gaming industry” has become a catalyst for the development of a constructive dialogue between the state and representatives of the gambling business. Earlier, according to the head of the Ukrainian Gambling Council, there were no such contacts, since state institutions “did not fully understand the consequences” of the law on the legalization of the gambling industry adopted last summer.

Recall that the Billionaire casino in Kiev earned 7 million hryvnias for the first month of its operation.

By 2025, the Dutch GGR will reach 1 billion euros


The Dutch online gambling market has once again proved that it can become the largest on the European continent. Experts expect that after the entry into force of the Law “On Remote Gambling” (COA), its profitability will increase many times. According to preliminary data, by 2025, the earnings of online gambling in the Netherlands may exceed the mark of 1 billion euros.

As shown in the Netherlands Betting Focus report, the total gross income from online gambling (GGR) in the Netherlands in 2019 amounted to 424 million euros. However, the land sector was able to earn much more — 2.27 billion in euro currency.

But the financial data of online gambling is expected to grow annually. Analysts predict that in 2021 the industry will be able to generate 513 million euros, and by 2025 it will reach the figure of 1.27 billion.

At the same time, the results of the study made it clear that there is currently a “significant difference” between the areas of casinos and sports betting throughout the Netherlands. This difference, according to experts, was ” further emphasized in the land-based sector, where the casino dominates in terms of generated GGR.”

The report states: “The market share in the online sector is decreasing. Forecasts suggest that the gap between the two industries will be further reduced after the online market is streamlined.”

“At the same time, statistics show that although the sports betting sector has a large share in the Internet, and not in land-based channels, the casino vertical still dominates this area of the economy. It is expected that this trend will continue even after the ratification of the new gambling legislation of the KOA, ” the document adds.

It was originally planned that the KOA would be adopted on July 1, 2020. However, due to the pandemic, this date was postponed to October 1, when companies with a Dutch license for online gambling will be allowed to work.

Recall that Nevada casinos earned more than $1 billion for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Siberian Coin gambling zone in the Altai Territory-casino, official website, player reviews


The gambling zone “Siberian Coin” was created by order of the Government of the Russian Federation on February 9, 2008. It is located in the Altai Territory, 280 km from Barnaul on an area of more than 2,300 hectares near the village of Aya. The location was chosen not by chance, since in the east the gaming zone borders on the tourist complex “Turquoise Katun”, and this neighborhood reduces the cost of infrastructure development and promises an influx of tourists to the casino.

Initially, three companies were listed among the residents: Alti, Royal Time Group and Energia M.

The latter abandoned the idea of investing funds in 2015, and the subsidiary of Royal Time Group (RTG-Siberia) did not perform any work for a long time, but also did not leave the number of residents. In 2019, by the decision of the arbitration court, the contract with the company was terminated, and its owners were obliged to pay 55 million rubles to the regional budget as a penalty.

 Siberian Coin gambling zone in the Altai Territory-casino, official website, player reviews

Tourist complex “Turquoise Katun”

Since the establishment of the gambling zone in Siberia, the only company that really developed a special territory was Alti LLC. Its owner, Vladimir Kutyev, manages the city-forming enterprise of the city of Gorno-Altaysk, which is closest to the IRZ. According to various sources, about 2 billion rubles were invested in the development of the site. Now there is one entertainment complex with a casino, a hotel and a restaurant in Altai.

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The Altai Palace Casino opened in 2014, later a four-star hotel with 46 rooms began its work. There are 150 slot machines and 32 gaming tables in the gaming halls, and a poker club has been operating here since 2016. In addition to classic gambling games, the institution offers a billiard room, where there are 4 tables for Russian billiards, one for an American pool and a snooker table. On the territory of the entertainment complex there is a restaurant, a SPA-salon.

Altai Palace Casino

The main problem of the Siberian Coin casino was the remoteness from civilization and, as a result, the lack of infrastructure.

A good road was laid only in 2019. It got to the point that the operator organized a helicopter transfer to comfortably deliver the players to the Altai Palace.

Now the administration is trying to attract customers, including through excursions, offering horse and helicopter rides, jeep tours focused on family holidays. Nearby are the Tavdinsky caves, Teletskoye Lake and the most famous mountain in the Altai Belukha. The picturesque places of the natural zone “Turquoise Katun” really attract a lot of people every year, but these tourists are often not interested in visiting the casino. Therefore, in recent years, the operator has begun to actively develop the so-called event tourism: music and sports festivals and other mass events are held on the territory of the entertainment complex.

It was expected that the entertainment complex would be visited by gamblers from neighboring major cities and tourists from all over Russia, and a bet was also placed on visiting the casino by foreign citizens. The official website of the gambling zone “Siberian Coin” indicates that by 2019 it was planned to build:

  • casinos with thousands of slot machines and hundreds of gaming tables;
  • hotels with a room fund for 3,000 seats;
  • ski resort;
  • restaurants with cuisines of different peoples;
  • year-round water park, dance stages, boutique chain, theaters.

However, at the end of 2019, the plans were not implemented, and the statements of the owner of the only casino about the future of the “Siberian Coin” are not optimistic. Now Vladimir Kutyev has taken a wait-and-see position, betting on the further development of the special zone by attracting new investors.

The businessman takes a sober look at things, talking about the unsettled air traffic, the unstable economic situation and low incomes of the population. All this, in his opinion, is a deterrent for potential residents.

According to some reports, the special territory was still able to attract an investor who is ready to invest several billion rubles in a large project. It is noteworthy that the shareholder of the new company is the co-founder of the already existing investor Alti. LLC Zolotaya Lastochka 8 has signed an agreement and plans to start construction of a gambling and entertainment center in 2020 and fully complete the work by 2024. There will be at least one more gambling establishment, a hotel and other facilities to attract tourists.