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Hong Kong-based Asian-Invest Group to erect USD 34M casino in Russia

July 10, 2023 Industry Updates

Asian-Invest group to build casino facility in the Russian Far East to open in 2025

Original story by Asia Gaming Brief

Hong Kong-registered Asian-Invest Group is planning to build an 80-hotel room and casino facility with 30 gaming tables and 200 slots in the Primorsky Integrated Entertainment Zone of Russia, nearby Vladivostok, with plans to open the $34 million facility within two years, after breaking ground in September.

The Primorsky region is one of five within Russia authorized to operate gambling activities, with some 12 casino projects initially slated to take shape there. Russky Island in Primorsky (Primorye), beside Vladivostok, is one of Russia’s Special Administrative Regions (SAR). 

The island is known as a major MICE destination and is being developed to be an integrated entertainment hub. But the COVID-19 pandemic hit several projects. Russia’s Mantera Group is also building an IR in the same SAR.

According to reports, the company had initially planned to start the project in October of 2021 but the project was derailed due to COVID. Now the company has been granted the building permit and can commence operations.

However, the timing of the investment is interesting, given how other operators, such as Summit Ascent, which operates the Tigre de Cristal casino in the same region, has recently scaled back its expansion investment plans, due to volatility brought about in large part by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Tigre de Cristal initially opened doors in November of 2015, when Summit Ascent was still a subsidiary of Macau gaming operator Melco. It was subsequently sold off to Macau junket operator Suncity, which transformed into the LET Group, which currently operates the property.

Asian-Invest Group now appears to be banking on the future of the region, with the group’s Director, Alexander Kim telling media the group is now negotiating contracts for the construction, developing interior design and documentation for the project.

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