Rashid Taymasov explains how 44.5bn RUB(810 mil Euro’s) of investment will be spent on marble, onyx, elite wood, gold and many more to develop the Yantarnaya gaming zone.
After the surprising and astonishing news about closing of Azov-City gaming zone, development of Yantarnaya became one of the hottest topics in the Eastern European gaming market. The situation is complicated and various events will take place in relation to this process. The government decided to decrease the size of the gaming zone (from 79 m sq.km. to 995.1 thousand sq.km.) and this has seriously redefined its destiny of development. Nonetheless, the new “Las Vegas” in the Kaliningrad region is extensively funded by several investments (as of September, 2014, the announced amount composed of 44.5 bn RUB). The Yantarnaya Gaming zone will be discussed at the RGW-2015 between the 3rd and 4th of June, so the organisers at Smile Expo have decided to talk about all these issues with a man who directly influences the future development of the gaming zone.
Rashid Taymasov is the CEO of Royal Time Management, Head of the largest Russian gambling business developer Royal Time Group LLC, and a successful pioneer in establishing business in the format of gambling zones.
RGW: What are the peculiarities of gaming zone Yantarnaya? How is it different from other zones?
Rashid: Yantarnaya is not just different from other gaming zones – it’s really unique due to its location, at the beautiful Baltic Sea shore with clear beach, soft white sand, which without a doubt will attract tourists and casino players. And the future projects implemented on the territory of gaming zone would be able to offer guests great view from hotel rooms and upper level terraces. Besides, the territory has very convenient transport infrastructure. Thus, tourist can get from the Khrabrovo International Airport to Yantarnaya in just 20 minutes, the same time for Kaliningrad resident to get to the zone. Investors also take into account the existence of all necessary engineering infrastructure, which influences objects deadline and their cost.
RGW: We know that Yantarnaya project right now is being actively implemented. How the progress is going on? What kind of efforts have been the most successful for the moment?
Rashid: Speaking of construction, today the performed works concern brick laying of exterior walls and internal partitions, assembling of formwork and reinforcement of floor slab, concrete casting of columns, everything is going according to the plan. We also started tender procedure to sign new contracts for supply of finishing materials, equipment, furniture, decorations. In June we hope to sign contracts for all finishing works and materials supply.
RGW: Tell us about the architectural decision of the integrated resort?
Rashid: When creating a project, we decided to follow the context of historical traditions of German architecture, taking inspiration from the architecture of the ancient Koenigsberg. Architectural shape coincides with such style. External facades will depict the Koenigsberg charm, interiors will be flooded with warm amber colors. In materials, we bet on natural high quality items complying with the conceptual solution and functional design of rooms. Interior elements design includes natural marble, onyx, elite wood, gold, handmade woolen carpets. One of the VIP rooms will be really unique, being a reproduction of a famous “Amber room” with handmade amber panels of small and large fractions. Thus, most demanding European players will feel a luxurious and exclusive atmosphere.
RGW: There will be a 4 star hotel with 270 comfortable rooms on the territory of gaming zone. Are there some interesting peculiarities of the hotel project? And what a promenade area will look like?
Rashid: Yes, second phase of the integrated resort in gaming zone Yantarnaya includes 4 star hotel with 270 rooms. We’re planning to create a resort hotel for leisure, relax and recreation. There will be a medical spa complex, the largest spa with medical services in Kaliningrad region. It will involve nice aquatic area, gym, kinesis hall, massage rooms. Spa complex will have modern equipment with different functionality for influencing human body and its boosting, treatment and recreation. There also will be various programs lasting 7 to 14 days, for rejuvenation, weight loss etc. Complex will also include cosmetology, manual therapy, consultations of nutritionist and other world-class specialists.
RGW: We know that there will be a promenade with an entertainment park. How long will the construction last and what rides will it have?
Rashid: Common area of the integrated resort will comprise 10 hectares. So after construction of objects, we’ll have quite large territory left, which we’re planning to develop, create walking pathways and open entertainment zones. It will include central street between the first and second phases of the project, with a path to sea-shore. It will be an entertainment area with restaurant terraces, children festivals, marriage alley. And promenade will be built along the shore of gaming zone, where guests and residents of the city could take a walk and have dinner enjoying the magnificent sound of waves.
Master plan of Yantarnaya indeed includes an entertainment park close to the promenade. But, as with any city, gaming zone can not be built all at once; the project has its program created for the certain time period and prepared by one of our partners – AECOM (UK). In accordance with this program, entertainment park can be constructed efficiently when we have stable tourist flow.
RGW: Beautiful Baltic shores are another promising factor. How would you develop them?
Rashid: Beaches here are indeed unique, especially those which are close to the gaming zone. They must be saved, developed, and we think that further works should be fulfilled to protect the coast. These works will possibly be implemented with the construction of promenade.
RGW: At RGW-2015, we will discuss advanced technologies in gambling, that’s why we just have to ask: which gambling trends and innovations will be implemented in gaming zone?
Rashid: Gaming zone development program is aimed for long-time period. It’s too early to speak of certain innovations just yet, because the progress is always moving. So in eight years, we’ll probably have different technologies, e.g. of territory development. The same goes for gaming market. Speaking of the first casino, this project is the first project in Russia of such kind, involving specialists and architects who have been working on the projects in Las-Vegas and Macao. Driving on the example of Azov-City, we’ve established the reputation of innovational gambling operator. We’re often among the first to install new gaming equipment presented at G2E in London or Macao. As for innovations, casino in Kaliningrad will be no worse than our other objects, it will be even better.
RGW: On the territory of Yantarnaya, we expect to see medical SPA complex, Sky casino for VIP guests, Sky pub and other services. How will it influence the amount of visitors?
Rashid: As I mentioned earlier, each integrated resort function is being seriously developed, to consider all services and think about what a guest will be doing while relaxing here. We’re trying to make each function unique, having no analogies in Kaliningrad region. Medical spa will be a large complex located on 2000 sq.m., where people could spend the whole days perfecting their body. Analysts say that medical spa is the most popular type of spa in Europe. And we see that demand is constantly growing.
As for Sky casino, it’s located on the upper hotel floors and will be providing a first-class services to VIP clients and offer unique view at Baltic Sea. The same goes for Sky pub located on the top hotel floor under the open sky. There’s no doubt that if functioning harmoniously, all this will create a synergetic effect and attract tourists from Europe and Central Russia.
RGW: Opening of the first integrated resort object is set for the end of 2015. Share your vision of the further gaming zone development. How much visitors would you like to see in a year?
Rashid: Second year of casino operations is always considered as a stable year. We have predictions from AECOM, that say that about 300 000 people will attend the casino in the second year of operations. It will even increase to 900 000 people after we build a hotel.
RGW: Common investment for the first integrated resort in Yantarnaya will exceed 6 bn RUB. How long would you need to return the invested amount?
Rashid: Well, it’s not right to talk about the period of the whole project RoI rates, because the construction of all phases is split. If we’re talking separate objects, our experience say that each project of the company is paid off in three-four years.
RGW: We appreciate Rashid Taymasov for such interesting interview and we invite everyone who has questions left to attend the RGW-2015. This topic and lots of other vital issues of gambling industry will be discussed in details at 9th international specialized gambling and entertainment exhibition-forum Russian Gaming Week.
Read more on the RGW 2015 website!
The 8th edition of the Romanian Conference on Gambling
On the 6th of March 2018, the Parliament Palace in Bucharest hosts the 8th edition of the Romanian Gambling Conference – CRG8, the biggest annual event of the gambling industry in Central and Eastern Europe.
The eighth edition of the CRG, a regional conference of gambling, will be held under the slogan “Ready for the Gambling of Tomorrow.”
As in the previous editions, this years event aims to approach all elements of the gambling industry based on the novelties of the legislation and the enforcement rules, both in Romania and other European countries, as well as the vulnerabilities of the current system, passing through the slot rooms and AWPs, but also casino life or online gambling. Special sections will be provided for human resources, marketing, image, social responsibility and responsible gambling.
Among those who will speak, we find representative names in the gaming world both in Romania and abroad. Representatives of the Romanian authorities, as well as from other European Union countries, are on the guest list.
Those present at the event will be able to ask questions to clarify all the unclear aspects in the special questions and answers (Q&A) sections.
The organizer, as in all previous editions, is the most popular magazine of the Romanian gambling industry, Casino Life & Business Magazine, the double winner of the “Best iGaming Magazine of the Region” Award at the CEEG Awards Budapest, Hungary in 2016 and 2017.
As in the previous editions, during the conference, the organizers wish to host a mini-exhibition in the lobby, so that participants can see on the spot the novelties, as well as other projects of interest.
The event, of both local and international importance, will be hosted by the famous marble halls of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, on March 6th, 2018.
The Draft of the Program has four plenary sessions as follows:
– Partners Presentation
– CSR & Responsible Gambling
– Europe up-to-date
– Romanian Actuality
The Program has also coffee breaks and a working lunch.
Permanent partners of the events organised by Casino Life & Business Magazine are DGL PRO, GRISOGONO jewelry and ROMBET.
Gold Partner of the conference is NOVOMATIC Romania.
Media partner of the event are the portal www.forrichonly.ro, BURSA news-paper and the very well-known iGaming Business Magazine, part of Clarion group.
Those interested can download the Registration Form from here: Registration Form conf march 2018
For details, registration and other information send your inquiries to email@example.com
The gambling industry in France, un problème historique
The link between France and gambling always has been strong and could even be described as historic.
The country largely contributed to the development of gambling through time with the creation of inescapable games such as roulette (by the mathematician Blaise Pascal) and the 52 card game which gave birth to Baccarat or Shimmy (also known as Chernay).
As a consequence, it feels natural for gambling to be legal in France. But to settle on this territory, you must have a license from by several organisations:
• for betting activities: Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and Pari Mutuel Urbain(PMU);
• for bingo lotteries and sports betting, only the Française des Jeux (FDJ) keeps the monopoly on land base activities.
Some conditions must however be respected if you want to offer gambling activities in France. For example, physical casinos can only be established in seaside and tourist towns (except Paris) and on some cruise ships with the French flag.
Since 2010, online gambling is regulated by the Autorité de Régulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), which can authorise licenses for club games (until now, only the poker is allowed), sports betting and horse races. Online casino games are forbidden in France.
Fifteen licenses have been issued by the ARJEL so far. This particularly low number of licenses can be explained by high tax rates which can frighten some operators.
However, the market is doing well as the third quarter of 2017 results show: an increase by 23% of the revenues linked to sports betting despite a year without international competition, a 10% growth of horse racing revenues and +5% for poker.
France is a market which needs to be followed especially as online casinos should be authorised very soon. The 2018 Football World Cup, with a French team considered as favorite for this new edition, should also contribute to the sector’s success thanks to high sports betting revenues.
On October 16, 2018, the inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana is set to host a panel where the state of France will be discussed directly with the regulator. To find out more details about the event make sure you follow our news.
We are sponsoring the prizes at ASEAN Gaming Summit Poker Freeroll
We are excited to announce our first event sponsorship and we would like to thank our friends at All-In Translations for the opportunity and initiative. As a strategic partner of Asia Gaming Brief (organizers of ASEAN Gaming Summit), the honor is even higher. (see EEGMedia/EEGEvents engages in strategic partnership with Asia Gaming Brief)
It was great to see that All-in Translations will once again host the official poker tournament of the ASEAN Gaming Summit in March and we want to make it even more interesting for the players by giving some prizes on behalf of our company.
The tournament is a freeroll for delegates attending the conference and we will be sponsoring the prize pool with no less than three packages of great value.
Prize 1 (worth $1600): 1 Seasonal ticket for a company representative which includes access to 5 EEGEvents in 2018.
- Prague Gaming Summit – 29.03.2018
- Mare Balticum Gaming Summit – 08.05.2018
- Vienna International Gaming Expo – 30.05 – 01.06.2018
- Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference and Awards– 25-26.09.2018
- European Gaming Congress – 16.10.2018
The ticket includes access to the conference/seminar, complimentary lunch and access to all networking sessions.
More details about the events can be found on the official landing page of the events division: www.eegevents.org
Prize 2 (worth $550): Tickets for 2 EEGEvents in 2018 for a company representative.
The winner can choose from the above list of events.
Prize 3 (worth $900): Featured radio spot for 3 months and interview on iGaming Radio
The player who wins this gets the opportunity to present the company with a radio spot which will be streamed during peak hours on iGamingRadio.com. The radio spot can be created by the representative’s team or by the team at the first online radio dedicated exclusively for the b2b sector of the online gambling industry. A selected representative will also get the chance to take part in the Innovation Talks monthly show and discuss the latest innovation in the industry.
As you may already iGaming Radio is the first online radio streaming gaming related news exclusively through daily shows, interviews and press releases. The aim of the station is to keep its audience connected 24/7 with the online gaming industry by playing awesome music and serving the news first hand.
You can tune in on www.igamingradio.com
About ASEAN Gaming Summit
TECH TRENDS, CONVERGENCE, STRATEGY, RETURN ON INVESTMENT
20-22 MARCH, 2018, CONRAD MANILA, PHILIPPINES
The ASEAN Gaming Summit draws together the region’s leading operators, regulators and suppliers, who are successfully developing the next generation of gaming offerings, both terrestrial and online.
From new-style integrated resorts, addressing the premium mass market, to sports betting innovations and online gaming, this event is for anyone with an interest in this dynamic region.
Mark your calendars for 20 -22 March, 2018.
For any questions about the 2018 conference, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official website www.aseangaming.com
About All-In Translations
All In Translations is the only Language Service provider offering such a large variety of languages (70+) combined with a true enthusiasm for iGaming, hence their slogan “We speak your iGaming language”.
They are now a market-leading provider of language services to the iGaming industry. Their high-quality standards and service level are ISO certified and trusted by several of the biggest platform providers, developers, operators and affiliate marketers. The team helps companies like Playtech, William Hill, Betfair, Microgaming, Interblock, Betsson and many more to boost their online presence and grow their brands internationally.
The subject of iGaming has been their bailiwick since the company started up in Malta in 2008, meaning that all their linguists and project managers have both a strong knowledge of and a genuine passion for casino games, poker, sports betting, lotto, bingo, trotting, backgammon, roulette and more.
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