Simon’s Guide to Russia Online Casinos and and Land-based Venues

This is a picture of the Hotel section of Shambala Casino & Hotel & Resort in the Primorye special gambling zone, in the Russian Federation (you can read the details, address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, reviews of this venue in the casino list). Under the picture, on this page, you can find a list of all Russian terrestrial casinos and slot halls with review analysis and videos, and you can find a list of licensed online casinos, which accept Russian players.

Russia Casino Guide

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Russia (officially the Russian Federation, the world’s largest country by far, former head of the USSR, an ex-superpower, with a population of 144 million). Find out which are the best land-based casinos and licensed online casino sites in Russia, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

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Online casinos in Russia

Legal status of digital casinos in Russia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Despite the fact that a few online casinos manage to accept Russian players (you can see them below), online casinos are not officially legal in Russia.

Unlicensed online casinos websites, which accept players without a proper licence from Russia illegally are blocked by internet service providers (and not just online casinos, all types of unlicensed online gambling websites are blocked)1.

However, there is a way around this. Even though online casino licenses are not issued in Russia, online gambling websites can acquire Russian sports betting licenses (which are perfectly legal, foreign private companies can apply for and receive Russian bookmaker licenses).

With these, companies can bend the rules and also offer casino games on their websites (you can see these websites below). Here is how this legal acrobatics work (this is only one example, there are many ways these internet casinos cam mange to accept Russian players despite the legal landscape):

  1. They get a perfectly legal Russian sports betting licence, they set up a Russian sportsbook, operated by a Russian subsidiary.
  2. They accept Russian players through the subsidiary, pay taxes on time, for years, without any issues, until they are established and the government trusts them.
  3. Main company sets up a so called “shell company”, registered and headquartered in any of the many offshore tax havens (Curacao, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Malta, Panama etc…).
  4. This new shell company gets a gambling licence, which covers casinos games.
  5. Russian company puts casinos games on the website, makes user sign a terms and conditions page that includes things like “Player must ensure that the games they are playing are legal in their jurisdiction. Player is responsible to check the legal status of the games on the website. Russian players must comply with Russian gambling laws.” etc…
  6. They channel the Russian players to their shell company, to the offshore server if they click on the casinos games.
  7. They report the revenue from casino games as sports betting revenue and the Russian government gets its share in the form of taxes.

 

And as long as the Russian government gets its fair share in taxes they seem turn a blind eye. Or at least they have done so in the past.

Obviously, these deals with the government are behind closed doors, all hush-hush, not something they advertise. But over time there have been many scandals, when for some reason the government is no longer willing to turn a blind eye (e.g.: the 1xbet scandal1, probably the best known).

Is it illegal for players to play on such sites?

First of all, 99.9% of players are not aware of this happening, and if you ever played in an online casino from Russia you probably already have used such sites unknowingly. As you probably experienced firsthand the government does not prosecute these players and they focus their efforts on the operators.

/Comment: The 1xbet story is perfect example, you can see a link below, where you can read the full story./

Although government officials and lawyers close the the government would be quick to point out that using such sites is technically illegal (and it is), and you could technically get a small fine, in reality players are not prosecuted.

/Comment: It would be unfair, the overwhelming majority of players are not aware of what’s happening behind the scenes. Not to mention, these companies hide their activities behind shell companies, payment processors, and route the web traffic through various subnets, it would difficult to trace them.

But it’s best to use a VPN if you play from Russia, just in case, but it’s not technically needed./

The Russian government tries to attack these operators, but they are pretty much powerless (that’s why they turn a blind eye as long as they pay taxes). It’s very complicated, let’s break it down a little.

Example: In this example I’m going to assume that the main legal entity is an Aruba licensed gambling company, and I’m illustrating how they would get around the Russian online casino gambling restrictions:

  1. The main company is a legally operating, properly licensed, tax-paying gambling company, registered in Aruba. It operates perfectly legally according to the laws of Aruba.
  2. Because the company has its data center in Aruba, the servers are located there, technically the gambling takes place in Aruba, and not in Russia (it’s online gambling after all).
  3. Russian laws don’t apply outside of Russa, because Aruba is outside of Russia’s jurisdiction.

 

As you can see, from the company’s perspective it’s perfectly legal, they operate legally, according to the online gambling laws of the country in which they are registered and licensed in.

Only international arbitration can be tried in such cases (e.g.: World Trade Organization) but that is notoriously slow, complicated, extremely expensive, very political, and it rarely results in binding verdicts (so it’s pretty much useless).

Hopefully, one day, online casinos won’t have to do all this to accept players from Russia, but for now, this is the only way to play casino games online from the Russian Federation.

Players are not prosecuted for using these sites, and as mentioned before, the ones that pay taxes are not blocked (e.g: 1xbet was not blocked for a long time too, but it is blocked now).

/Comment: Not prosecuted for using the sites which pay taxes, have deals with the government and an online sports betting licence, you can get fined for using completely unlicensed casino platforms./

By scrolling below you can find a list of online casinos, which accept Russian players.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Russia?

Yes, tourists can freely play online. Only the locals are affected by the limitations mentioned above. Although, Russian ISPs block unlicensed websites, therefore, as a tourist, as long you are using Russian internet you are also restricted to the websites below.

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of Russia: 

Online casino licenses are not issued in Russia.

The online betting license mentioned above is issued by the Federal Tax Service, contact them if you wish to set up an online gambling business in Russia.

Currently, according to the 2016 amendment to the Russian gambling legislation, it’s only possible to get an online sports betting license and/or a tote license (for now, a company can have both, but the Russian government expressed their intent to make sure in the future a company can only have one).

A legal entity in the Russian Federation can only obtain an online betting license if it meets the following financial requirements:

  • registered capital – 100 million rubles (approx. € 1 million);
  • company’s assets – 1 billion rubles (approx. € 11 million);
  • bank guarantee – 0.5 billion rubles (approx. € 5.5 million).

 

The paperwork takes about 1.5 months and costs approximately 300 rubles.

The organization must also join a self-regulatory organization. As of today, there are only two of them: Bookmakers SRO and First SRO. You will have to pay an entrance fee, an annual membership fee and a contribution to the compensation fund (about 30-32 million rubles in total, + about 1 million rubles annually).

All transactions between a player and a sportsbook must use the centralized Russian payment processor TSUPIS. TSUPIS deducts the payable taxes automatically, even deducts the personal income tax from players’ winnings, and it is independent of the US banking system and their interests.

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in Russia: 

Russian online gambling tax rates
Activity: Tax rate (RUB = Russian ruble): Tax base:
online gambling RUB 2,500,000 – 3,000,000 fixed fee, per licence

This is on top of regular taxes (e.g: corporate tax, which is 15%).

 

For the players, taxation of online casino gambling winnings in Russia: Gambling winnings from licensed online companies and the national lottery are tax exempt (the companies pay the taxes). Every other form of gambling income is subject to a 13% personal income tax.

 

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Age requirement of Russia online casinos: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the Russian online casino gambling legislation:

1Roskomnadzor – Blacklisted gambling websites that are blocked in Russia

21xBet – Wikipedia

 

List of online casinos, which accept players from Russia

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Russian Federation. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from Russia, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it.

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

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General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
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Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

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Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
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  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
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  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

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  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
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  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

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All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

 

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

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Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

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General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

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Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Land-based casinos in Russia

Legal status of casinos in Russia: legal since 1987, operators require a licence, only within the special gambling zones

 

Casinos are legal in Russia since 1987. However, after many scandals, issues with money laundering, organized crime involvement and even killings1 Federal law N 244-FZ was passed in 2006 December 29 (in force from 2009)2.

This act prohibits gambling venues with slot machines and table games everywhere in Russia except the 5 special gambling zones (used to be four zones, Crimea was added as the fifth gambling zone in 2019, but it has no casinos yet3).

A picture of a map displaying the five zones with legal gambling in Russia. Private land-based gambling establishments are restricted to these five zones. You can read the details above and below the picture.

Gambling zones in Russia, according to the 2006 legislation, updated with the new Crimea Gold Coast gambling zone. There are 5 gambling zones in Russia, not 4, despite what most websites claim.

Land-based casino gambling in Russia is only allowed in the following five regions:

  • “Yantarnaya” (within the Kaliningradskaya oblast)
  • “Krasnaya Polyana” (within Krasnodar Krai)
  • “Siberian Coin” ( within the Respublika Altay)
  • “Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone” (within Primorskiy kray)
  • UPDATE:”Gold Coast” (within the disputed territory of the the Republic of Crimea)

 

Previously there was a special gambling zone in the Krasnodar Territory with 3 casinos (the most casinos in any of the territories). But it was shut down for political reasons, and all the casinos were closed4.

Investors lost billions of rubles. Only one casino was relocated. Because these issues and the strong state interference and bad relationship between gambling businesses and the government, at this point only 4 of the 5 gambling zones have any casinos and there are only 6 casinos in all of Russia (+2 slot halls, you can see the list below).

Development is slow, but ongoing, but due to the coronavirus pandemic many projects were put on hold, or only operate with limited capacity.

UPDATE 2022: There is a new interactive casino map, you can find it below, at the top of the casino list.

Fun fact: Russia actually has one of the lowest casinos per capita ratio in the entire world.

It’s not possible in Russia to get a sperate license for a slot hall (a.k.a. electronic casino), they have to get the same license and pay the same taxes as a real casino (fees are based on the number and types of game offered, not the type of the venue, you can see the details in the casino licensing section below).

Therefore, there are very few of them in Russia (there are only two: Bonus Slots and Magic Crystal Casino).

The biggest casino group in Russia is the the company Domain, which owns Sochi, Boomerang, Sobraine and Bonus Slots.

The biggest casino in Russia is Sochi Casino and Resort in Krasnodar Krai (details can be seen below).

You can find all the currently operating brick and mortar casinos in the list below.

 

Can locals visit the casinos in Russia?

Yes, both locals and tourists can visit the casinos in Russia, unlike in some other countries (e.g.: in the entire muslim world casinos are only available to the tourists, locals can not enter).

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of Russia:

Casino licenses are issued by the Ministry of Finance. You have to contact them if you wish to set up any sort of gambling business in Russia. Their website is available in English as well.

Land-based gambling licenses in Russia:

You can get a casino, slot machine hall, bookmaker or tote office licence in Russia. Slot machine halls and casinos can only be located in the special gaming zones. Bookmakers, sports betting offices can be located outside of these zones.

You will need:

  • you need to register a legal entity in the territory of the Russian Federation
  • in case of a casino licence the value of the company’s net assets must be at least 600 million rubles
  • totalizators, betting club operators must have at least 1 billion rubles as capital
  • slot halls, casinos must be at least 100 m2, must have at least 80 slot machines, all equipment must be fully owned, new, not licensed or rented

 

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The picture must be 150x150 pixels.
Contact me through the live chat, it's in the bottom right corner of the website, or in the comments section at the bottom of this page, with a link to the website you wish to advertise. If you qualify, I will give you my email address where we can discuss everything (I won't be putting my email address on the page, due to the extreme amount of spam I receive as it is).
In exchange: In order to appear for free on this website, you have to link back to this guide, from your website. It must be your website, your employer's website, a law blog or something similar. The link doesn't have to be in a prominent position, or on the homepage. It can be placed at the bottom of an unimportant page, where people don't see it, that's fine with me. And 1 sentence is enough, something like this: "We are featured on Simon's Gambling and Casino Blog, at <link here>."
That's all, if you are interested, get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in Russia:

In Russia, gambling establishments pay taxes based on the number and types of games they have. The amount depends on which oblast, special gaming zone the venue is located in, that’s why you can see a range below, instead of a fixed amount:

Russia gambling tax rates
Activity: Tax rate (RUB = Russian ruble): Tax base:
EGM (electronic gambling machine) RUB 3,000 – 15,000 fixed fee, per machine
Casino table games RUB 50,000 – 250,000 fixed fee, per machine

This is on top of regular taxes (e.g: corporate tax).

Even with such high taxes, online sportsbooks are thriving. Since 2016 31 Russian companies got a licence.

 

For the players, taxation of casino winnings in Russia: Gambling winnings from licensed online companies and the national lottery are tax exempt (the companies pay the taxes). Every other form of gambling income is subject to a 13% personal income tax.

/Example: You spend your vacation abroad, and purchase a scratch card in Brazil, and you end up winning a bigger sum, RUB 100 000 (RUB = Russian ruble), in that case you have to pay 13% income tax on your winnings in Russia. You have to contact an account and pay RUB 13 000./

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  • send me a link to your website, or your employer's website
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The picture must be 150x150 pixels.
Contact me through the live chat, it's in the bottom right corner of the website, or in the comments section at the bottom of this page, with a link to the website you wish to advertise. If you qualify, I will give you my email address where we can discuss everything (I won't be putting my email address on the page, due to the extreme amount of spam I receive as it is).
In exchange: In order to appear for free on this website, you have to link back to this guide, from your website. It must be your website, your employer's website, a law blog or something similar. The link doesn't have to be in a prominent position, or on the homepage. It can be placed at the bottom of an unimportant page, where people don't see it, that's fine with me. And 1 sentence is enough, something like this: "We are featured on Simon's Gambling and Casino Blog, at <link here>."
That's all, if you are interested, get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Age requirement of land-based casinos, slot parlours in Russia: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the land-based casino legislation in Russia:

1Bitter rival of Chechnya’s leader is shot dead in Russian capital

2CIS Legislation – Federal law N 244-FZ (unofficial English translation)

3Focus Gaming News – Crimea casino plans on hold in Russia

4Russia – Azov City operator Shambala announces Primorye project

 

List of all the casinos in Russia

This is a list of all the currently operating casinos in Russia, with address, opening hours, number and types of games, dress code, entrance fee, reviews and a video of each gambling establishment, if one is available.

 

Click on the interactive map below to see a list of casinos in any of the 5 special gambling zones of Russia:

Russia casino map Placeholder
Russia casino map
A map displaying the various casino regions in Russia and the casinos located therein.

 

Casinos in the Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone:

Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone has 2 casinos currently.

1., Sochi Casino
This is a picture of Sochi Luxury Casino and Resort in the special gambling zone Krasnodar Krai. This is the first casino on this list of all the casinos in Russia. You can find the others below this. You can read more about this casino to the right of the picture, including address, opening hours, number and types of games, dress code, entrance fee.

Sochi Casino and Resort

1., Sochi Casino and Resort, address: Vinogradnaya Ulitsa, 12, Bolshoy Sochi, Krasnodar Krai 354008

Sochi casino is located within the Krasnaya Polyana special gambling zone (this was previously the Azov city gaming zone, but it was moved and renamed).

The zone has two casinos, this one, and the much smaller Boomerang (+ a slot hall called “Bonus Slots”, not a standalone venue, it is an extension of Sochi casino, but it is located in a different building).

The venue is owned by the company Domain, which also owns Boomerang and Sobraine + the slot hall Bonus Slots.

Sochi casino is a luxury casino resort in the beautiful Russian countryside, in the resort town of Bolshoy Sochi, located on the coast of the Black Sea. In fact, this by far the most good looking and luxurious of all the Russian casinos.

This casino takes inspiration from the earliest Russian casinos, which were private clubs of the nobility, the rich and the famous people of the era. And even though it’s actually not a private club (it does have a VIP section), it feels and looks like one.

This is an upscale resort but the prices are surprisingly low considering the quality.

/Comment: At least for now, probably after the epidemic they will the increase prices. It’s a good idea to visit the Russian casino hotels now, while they are cheaper./

Beautiful building, gorgeous location, big casino, luxury resort, this is what you can expect at Sochi (I was not paid to write this casino review, these are my honest unbiased opinions).

This is also the biggest casino in Russia (33,000 m2 and has the most machines) and according to the meta analysis of hundreds of reviews online, it’s also the best rated, that’s why it’s number one on the list.

 

Games: around 450 gaming machines (slots, video poker), and around 50 tables (16 American Roulette wheels, 23 poker tables, 6 blackjack tables, 1 baccarat table)

They also have a gorgeous poker room with 10 tables (Texas NL, Omaha Pot Limit, 7-card Stud, Hi-Lo, Crazy Pineapple), where over 20 major international tournaments (e.g.: WPT, WSOP, EAPT, EPT) were held over the past three years. You can find info about cash games and the online tournament schedule here.

They also have multiple VIP rooms.

 

Video of Sochi Casino and Resort:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: it’s smart casual, they are very specific, from the official website:

“You can’t wear:

  •  dirty, sully, torn clothes and shoes;
  • sports clothes and shoes (including clothes and shoes for Alpine skiing), except for sneakers, gumshoes and tennis shoes;
  • workers’ uniform and shoes and other kinds of uniform (except for the staff on duty);
  • beachwear and beach shoes (including shorts and bathing suites);
  • camouflage uniform;
  • clothes with abusive/obscene words and images (including foreign words);
  • clothes with words and images (including foreign words) intended to foster hatred or enmity as well as to humiliate a person or a group of persons based on sex, race, nationality, language, origin, religion and social group membership.

 

Individuals whose appearance and actions do not comply with the universal principles of morality and ethics will not be allowed to enter.” 

/Comment: I have no idea what are the “universal principles of morality and ethics”, if you know please leave a comment./

 

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets really good reviews, 4.5/5, this is the best rated Russian casino

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

2., Boomerang Casino
This is a photo of the building of Boomerang Casino, during the day, in the special gambling zone Krasnaya Polyana in Russia. You can read more about this gambling establishment next to the picture.

Boomerang Casino

Boomerang Casino (Казино Boomerang), address: Набережная Лаванда, 1, Estosadok, Krasnodar Krai, 354392

Another casino of Domain Llc., their latest, open since 2019. This is the second casino in the Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone. This is a significantly smaller and less luxurious venue than Sochi (2000 m2).

They have a “club atmosphere” according to the official website.

They have regular striptease shows as well, and a 24/7 bar, which makes it clear instantly what sort of place this is, and why they made it a separate place, not part of Sochi.

/Comment: According to reviews online the place is full of “working women” (prostitutes) looking for rich tourists (primarily Chinese and Arab tourists, they tend to have a lot of money) and well off Russian men over 40. So if you are an ugly 40+ year old overweight but rich looking man, and a 10/10 young woman strikes up a conversation with you, and acts very friendly, this is the reason, not your “magnetism”…

Additionally, there are Russian online forum and facebook posts, which suggest that you can get more than just drinks if you ask the right people….

I’m not sure how much truth is to the latter, but the former certainly is true./

 

Games: around 200 gaming machines (slots, video poker, lower quality, not as good selection as Sochi), and around 20 tables (6 American Roulette wheels, 11 poker tables, including Russian Poker, the other types are not known, 3 blackjack tables) + electronic roulette

 

Video of Boomerang Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: it’s smart casual, same as in Sochi casino (details can be found above), and you have to comply with the “universal principles of morality and ethics” here as well, whatever that means

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems, people know what this place is and the people who come here either don’t mind it, or that’s why they come

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

 

Casinos in the Kaliningradskaya oblast: 

Yantarnaya gambling zone has 1 casino currently.

 

3., Sobranie Casino
This is a picture of Sobranie Casino in the Kaliningrad gambling zone, within Russia. This is the third casino on this list of all 5 casinos in Russia. You can find the other venues above and below this one. You can read more about the casino next to the picture.

Sobranie Casino

Sobranie Casino, address: Zelenogradsk, Zelenogradsk region, Kulikovo, Pionerskaya str., 50, Kaliningrad Oblast, 238542

Sobraine is the Kaliningrad gambling zone’s only casino (the zone is called Yantarnaya).

The venue is owned by Russian gambling company Domain, the same company that owns Sochi, Boomerang and the slot hall Bonus Slots (which is an extension of Sochi casino). This makes it the biggest casino group in Russia.

Sobraine Casino has a virtual 3D casino tour feature on their website, you can take the tour here.

The casino operates at a limited capacity, they plan to increase the number of games to 1000 slots and 40 tables eventually (on hold due to the pandemic).

 

Games: around 350 gaming machines (slots, video poker, from the best manufacturers: Novomatic, EGT, Merkur and some lower quality brands as well: Igrosoft, Atronic), and around 14 tables (American Roulette, Russian Poker*, blackjack, baccarat) + electronic roulette

They also have a poker section. You can find info about cash games and the online tournament schedule here.

They also have a VIP room.

 

*Russain poker: Appeared in the 1990s in Russia and in former countries of the Soviet union. It is said it was the favourite game of the Russian soldiers, who brought it with them to the Eastern European countries where they were stationed.

You play against the dealer. The payout table is the following:

Royal Flush + Straight Flush 150:1 clubclubclubclubclub10 club9
Royal Flush + Flush 105:1 heartheartheartheartheart10 heart7
Royal Flush + Straight 104:1 spadespadespadespadespade10 diamondK
Straight Flush + Straight Flush 100:1 diamond10diamonddiamonddiamonddiamonddiamond5
Straight Flush + Flush 55:1 clubclubclubclubclubclub3
Straight Flush + Straight 54:1 heartheart10 heartheartheartspade6
Straight Flush + Ace-King 51:1 spadespadespadespadespadediamondK
Four of a Kind + Full House 27:1 clubdiamondheartspadeheartspadeJ
Four of a Kind + Ace-King 21:1 clubdiamondheartspadediamondA
Full House + Full House 14:1 clubheartspadediamondheartspade3
Full House + Ace-King 8:1 heartspadeclubdiamondheartspadeA
Flush + Flush 10:1 diamonddiamonddiamonddiamonddiamonddiamond3
Flush + Straight 9:1 clubclubclubclubclubheart8
Flush + One Pair 6:1 heartheart10 heartheartheartspade7
Flush + Ace-King 6:1 spadespadespadespadespadediamondA
Straight + Straight 8:1 clubdiamondspadeclubdiamondheart5
Straight + Ace-King 5:1 clubspadeclubdiamondheartspadeK
Three of a Kind + Ace-King 4:1 diamondheartclubdiamondspadeK
Two Pair + Two Pair 4:1 clubheartspadediamondheartspade3
Two Pair + Ace-King 3:1 clubdiamondheartspadeclubK
One Pair + Ace-King 2:1 diamondspadeclubdiamondheart10

 

Watch the following Russian Poker video tutorial to learn how to play:

 

Video of Sobranie Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: it’s smart casual, same as in Sochi casino (details can be found above), and you have to comply with the “universal principles of morality and ethics” here as well, whatever that means

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets really good reviews, 4.5/5, this is the second best rated Russian casino

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

 

Casinos in the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone:

Primorskiy kray has 1 casino currently.

 

4., Shambala Casino
This is a picture of the newly reopened Shambala Casino, formerly located in Azov City gambling region, now relocated to the Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone in Primorye. This is the fourth casino on this list of all Russian casino venues. On the right of the picture you can read more about this gambling establishment.

Shambala Casino

Shambala Casino Resort, address: Muravyinaya Bay 73, building 5, Artyom, Primorsky Krai, 692760

Shambala casino resort and hotel complex was originally located in the Azov City gambling zone. However, after its closure it relocated to the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone (the zone has two casinos, you can see the other one below).

The complex  is owned by Shambala CJSC. It reopened in 2020.

/Comment: Reportedly the owner Maxim Smolentsev lost hundreds of $ millions because of the closure of the Azov City gambling zone and the subsequent relocation. Needless to say he and his dynasty does not have a good opinion of the government./

The casino is reportedly doing very well, according to their PR department they had on average 550 guests per day during their first 2.5 months of operation, despite the pandemic.

The complex also includes a 5 star Hotel (Shambala Hotel) and they focus strongly on various shows and entertainment (you can watch the video below to get a feel for the kind of shows you can expect).

The casinos is described on the official website as a “pan-Asian resort that attracts tourists from many countries of the world”. By emphasizing their “pan-asianness”, whatever that means, they probably hope to attract rich Chinese gamblers.

 

Games: around 500 gaming machines (slots, video poker), and around 25 tables (roulette, various forms of poker, including Russian Poker, the other types are not known, blackjack) + electronic roulette

They have a poker room as well, you can find the English tournament schedule here (at the bottom of the page).

 

Video of Shambala Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open, but proof of vaccination is needed to enter

Dress code: smart casual

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

 

Casinos in the Siberian Coin gambling zone:

Respublika Altaj (Altai Republic) has 2 casinos currently.

 

5., Tigre de Cristal Casino
This is a picture of the building of Tigre de Cristal Resort & Casino in Artyom, within the special gambling oblast Primorsky Krai, in the Russian Federation. You can read more about this casino to the right of the picture. This is the fifth and penultimate casino on this list of all currently operating Russia land-based casinos. To the right of the picture you can read more about the address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, age requirement, number and types of games of this gaming venue.

Tigre de Cristal Casino

Tigre de Cristal Resort & Casino, address: Бухта Муравьиная (Ant Bay), 73, Artyom, Primorsky Krai, 692751

Tigre casino was originally operated by the Oriental Regent Asian gambling company. However, later it was sold to Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd..

This is the second casino of the Primorye special gambling zone (the other one is Shambala casino, see above).

UPDATE 2021: Tigre casino was implicated in the 2021 China gambling scandal*. According to the Chinese gambling laws any sort of activity encouraging Chinese citizens to gamble outside of China is illegal (e.g.: junket schemes, casino travel packages, casino advertisements within China).

Summit Ascent Holdings was found guilty of organizing VIP casino tours for wealthy Chinese citizens. The investigation uncovered a network of 18 shell companies used for capital transfer, four alleged “underground banks”, and 10 complicit travel agencies.

Tigre Casino was the main destination of this illegal junket scheme.

*Source: GGRASIA – Group luring gamblers to Tigre de Cristal busted in China

 

Games: around 759 gaming machines (slots, video poker), and around 42 tables (roulette, various forms of poker, including Russian Poker, the other types are not known, blackjack) + electronic roulette

They have a poker room as well, but there is no info about it on their official website (at the time of writing).

 

Video of Tigre de Cristal Resort & Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open, but proof of vaccination is needed to enter

Dress code: smart casual, but according to customer reviews it’s not strictly enforced

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems, players don’t seem to care or even know about this scandal the company is involved in

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

6., Altai Palace Casino
This is a picture of the lit front gate of Altai Palace Casino at night. This is the last element of this list of all Russian land-based casinos and their websites. You can find the other venues on this list above this one. Next to the picture you can read about the address, opening hours, number and types of games, reviews, entrance fee, dress code, and you can even watch a video of the place.

Altai Palace Casino

Altai Palace Casino, address: Сибирская монета, 66, Altai Krai, Aisky Village Council, Kaim Mountain Region 659636

Altai Palace (officially: Отель-казино “Altai Palace”, Алтайский край) is a huge resort, hotel entertainment complex. However, we will only focus on the casino part of the complex.

Altai Palace is the first and so far only casino of the “Siberian Coin” gambling zone in the picturesque Altay Krai (said to resemble the Swiss Alps).

The casino’s website is sadly not available in English, only in Russian. However, I did collect all the most important information below.

This is the smallest casino in Russia currently, in operation since 2014.

 

Games: around 50 gaming machines (slots, video poker, old low quality machines, bad selection), and around 15 tables (American Roulette, various forms of poker, including Russian Poker, the other types are not known, blackjack, baccarat)

They have a poker room as well (Omaha, Texas, Oasis), you can find the tournament schedule here (Russian only).

They also have 3 VIP rooms as well.

 

Video of Altai Palace Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open, but proof of vaccination is needed to enter

Dress code: unknown, no information about it on their official website, if you know please share it in the comments section

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

Casinos in the Gold Coast gambling zone:

Crimea doesn’t have any casinos currently.

 

 

Other:

Magic Crystal Casino not a real casino, only a slot hall with 150 slots in Amberland, within the Kaliningrad gaming zone, it is currently in the process of expanding and becoming a true casino. Not yet on the list for this reason.

Bonus Slots is similarly only a slot hall in the Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone, an extension of Sochi casino, not a real standalone casino.

The following casinos closed when the Azov City gambling zone was renamed and moved, they never reopened:

  • Oracul Casino
  • Nirvana Casino

 

Bitcoin casinos in Russia

Legal status: not specifically regulated

 

Bitcoin is not recognized as a form of currency, therefore none of the land-base casinos in Russia accept virtual currencies.

However, the few foreign online gambling websites, which have Russian digital betting licences do accept bitcoin, litecoin and one of them even accepts (both for depositing and withdrawing money) ethereum, MTX, ripple through the various payment processors they work with.

You can see them below.

 

Crimea casinos

Crimea is part of Russia since 2014 (formerly part of Ukraine, this resulted in strong animosity, and actual fighting between the countries). However, this is not recognized by many countries internationally (despite the fact that prior to the annexation a democratic referendum was held and 96% of people in Crimea voted to join Russia).

Due to the ongoing integration and international issues it is a special jurisdiction. However, luckily, in terms of gambling it does not have a special legal status and the Russian gambling legislation applies to it as well.

In fact, it was designated as one of the gambling zones in 2019, where casinos can operate. However, there are no casinos in Crimea as of yet.

 

The following casino websites accept players from Russia:

 

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

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Wagering limitation:
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Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
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Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
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Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
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Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
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You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
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Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is a banner of Fair Go internet casino website's current 2022 promotions, bonuses. FairGo is an Australian ("Aussie") themed casino, which accepts players from Australia and New Zealand. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the digital gambling website, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18 or older. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner and on the casino's website.

FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

 

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the casinos in the country, especially if you are from Russia or nearby. Thank you.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about Russian online casinos

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about casinos in Russia. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Are casinos legal in Russia?

Yes, casinos are legal in Russia, but they are restricted to the special gambling zones.

Are online casinos legal in Russia?

No, online casinos are illegal in Russia.

Are there any casinos in Russia?

Yes, there are 6 casinos in the country, located in the 5 special gambling zones.

Can I play in an online casino from Russia?

Officially, Russian players can not play in online casinos. However, a few online gambling websites get Russian digital betting licenses and through various methods (explained above) they manage to offer casino games to Russian players. You can see a list of these online casinos on this page.

Are bitcoin casinos legal in Russia?

Cryptocurrency accepting casinos are not yet specifically addressed by the Russian gambling legislation.

Are there online casinos, which accept players from Russia?

Yes, the licensed online casinos listed on this page accept players from Russia. They have Russian online betting licenses.

Can tourists play in the casinos of Russia?

Yes, both tourists and locals can play in the casinos of Russia.

Can tourists place bets in online casinos from Russia?

Yes, the casino gambling laws and regulations mentioned on this page only apply to locals, tourists visiting Russia can play freely online.

What is the age requirement of Russia online casinos?

The age limit of both land-based and digital casinos is 18+.

Do casinos in Russia have dress codes?

Yes, it's usually smart casual.

How much tax do I have to pay in Russia on my gambling winnings from an online casino?

Gambling winnings from licensed operators are tax exempt in Russia. Winnings from unlicensed gambling websites are taxed at a rate of 13%.

Are there any digital casinos licensed in Russia?

No, online casino licenses are not issued in Russia.

How many casinos are there in Russia?

There are 6 casinos in Russia and 2 slot halls.

Do casinos in Russia have entrance fees?

No, none of the casinos in Russia have any entrance fees.

Which is the biggest casino in Russia?

The biggest casino in Russia is Sochi Casino & Resort in Krasnodar Krai.

Which is the biggest casino group in Russia?

The biggest casino group in Russia is the company Domain, which owns Sochi, Boomerang, Sobraine and Bonus Slots.

 

This article is an extension of the guide to the legal status of gambling in Russia.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Russia is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2021-12-31

 

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