Russian far east threat to Macau’s casino industry

The Russian city of Vladivostok will welcome a new casino in September. The new gambling venue, Tigre de Cristal, forms part of a gambling zone, introduced to boost the region’s development. The hotel casino complex features nearly 800 gambling machines, and lots of table games.

$2.2 billion investment

Tigre de CristalThe Far East is one of Russia’s less developed regions, prompting the government to introduce investment projects. With the new gambling-designated zone, Moscow targets Asian high-rollers. Market watchers believe that it can become a second Macau, which would justify the $2.2 billion investment involved in the development of the gambling zone.

Threat to Macau

Despite the rewarding potential of Asian big spenders, Russian gamblers are expected to cover about 80% of the revenues. China’s attempt to tackle corruption has affected Macau’s casino industry. In the first six months of this year, gambling revenue from Chinese punters has slumped to the lowest level in more than four years. Russia’s new gaming zone in the Far East may benefit from Macau’s downturn.
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