Ukraine – Opening of Billionaire casino signals new era in Ukrainian gamblingBy Phil - 2 June 2021
May 14 saw the reopening of the land-based Ukrainian casino sector with the unveiling of the Billionaire casino, located in the basement of the Intercontinental Hotel.
Covering an area of 506 square meters, the casino is made up of five different gambling halls with 16 gaming tables, including blackjack, Russian poker, Texas poker, ultimate poker, three-card poker and roulette along side 50 slot machines from IGT, EGT and Novomatic and several VIP lounges for premium clients. The casino employs 150 staff, and is owned by the company with the same name; Billionare Casino Company, which was the first to receive the license to open the casino in April this year. The cost of the license was UAH360m. Gambling was banned in Ukraine in 2009 but legalised again in July 2020.
Andrey Parkhomenko, client service director of Billionare Casino, said: “We expect visitors from all over Ukraine and tourists from other countries. We understand very well what the premium level of the establishment is, and we are confident that all our guests will be able to appreciate the first-class service, comfort and true pleasure from playing at Billionaire casino in the near future.”
Anna Klimenko, hostess of Billionaire casino, said: “The hostesses are the first to meet the guest. They will record the guest’s information and pass on all the necessary information. Then we escort the guest directly to the hall. You can be spoken in the language that suits you in the casino. All staff speak Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and English. These are the main languages used at our casino.”
The opening of the Billionaire casino is the first of many to open. Anton Kucukhizde, Head of the Ukrainian Gambling Association, confirmed that four more casinos in Kiev, Lviv and Odessa are ready to open.