In 2009, legislation was passed in Ukraine for effectively banning all forms of gambling in the country, with the exception of the lottery. According to the bill, all brick-and-mortar gambling parlors and casinos had to be closed down and online gambling was also prohibited. Some operators found a loophole in the law under which they moved their servers outside of the country and continued to serve people through the internet, but an amendment was passed in 2011 that put a stop to this as well. For 11 years, anyone involved in the business of gambling, whether offline or online, could be prosecuted.
However, this long ban came to an end last year and Ukraine became one of the last European countries to regulate gambling. The national parliament of the country called Verkhovna Rada, made the decision of introducing gambling in the country once more and it was undoubtedly a historical event for many with an interest in it. The new bill had initially faced some resistance when it was introduced in 2019 and was rejected in the first go. But, eventually, it was put into effect on August 13th, 2020 and gambling was legalized in Ukraine.
Nonetheless, there are some requirements that have been set forth for gambling operators. There is a criteria to be fulfilled before they are granted appropriate licenses and permits. As per the rules, Ukraine casinos can only be established within a hotel’s premises for now and there are some requirements that hotels have to meet before they can receive a permit for operating a casino within their premises. KRAIL, which is the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lottery, in Ukraine has issued permits to 11 hotels for premises for organizing gambling.
Hotels that have received this permit can now collect a package of documents and send in their application for getting a gambling license. These eleven hotels are spread across different cities of the European country, which means that people in different parts of Ukraine will be able to enjoy some gambling. It should also be noted that there were some hotels that were not granted permits because of some technicalities, including failure to submit the right documents or not meeting the criteria that makes them eligible for opening a casino on their premises.
Some of the hotels that have been issued permits in Ukraine are highlighted below:
Opera Hotel in Kiev
A luxury boutique hotel, Opera Hotel is located in the heart of the city of Kiev and is also at the crossroads of the cultural, business and historical districts of the city. There are a number of attractions that are within walking distance of this hotel, including St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Opera House and St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral. This makes a hotspot for tourist visiting the city, who will certainly be pleased to find a casino in Kiev on the premises where they can indulge in some gambling. Likewise, the residents of the city itself will find it convenient to visit the hotel’s casino and some of the nearby landmarks as well.
This boutique hotel is quite cosy and spacious, which makes it a good place for setting up a casino, and they also pay special attention to every guest. A total of 140 rooms and suites can be found in the Opera Hotel, which have been appointed elegantly with luxury amenities and stylish soft furnishings. The hotel has gained a lot of popularity because it has furnished its Junior and Executives suits to reflect some of the opera compositions of different countries, such as Borys Hodunov and Madame Butterfly.
Travelers really enjoy the Opera Hotel’s location because it is close to embassies and business entities and also gives them easy access to some of the cultural and historical sights and various shopping locations. Now, a casino will also be added to the mix, which further boosts the appeal.
City Park Hotel in Bila Tserkva (White Church)
Located conveniently in the city of Bila Tserkva, which is also known as White Church, the City Park Hotel is a great spot from where you can explore the vibrant city. The hotel is only 0.2 kilometers away from the city center and it takes around 90 minutes to reach the airport. The City Park Hotel acts as a haven of rest and enjoyment and it is only a few steps away from the various attractions in the city, such as Alexandria Dendrological Park and Old Water Mill.
The services and facilities provided by the hotel ensure a fun and pleasant experience for the guests. There are a number of on-site facilities for satisfying visitors and guests and the City Park Hotel has added a host of recreational offerings that ensure people have plenty to do within their premises. A casino will now be added to these offerings by the hotel, providing a well-rounded experience to everyone who visits.
Hotel France in Vinnitsa
Another one of the eleven hotels to have been granted permission to open a casino include Hotel France, which is located in the city of Vinnitsa in Ukraine. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi to all visitors and guests throughout its premises and it has views of the river. There is also a terrace and guests are free to have a meal at the restaurant or spend some time at the bar. Hotel France also offers free private parking, which is a big plus and their rooms are spacious and comfortable.
They have also equipped the rooms with different amenities, such as a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and more. Hotel France also has a 24-hour front desk, concierge services, an ATM and a gift shop can also be found on the property. Since the area around the hotel is popular for biking, they are also offering bike rental services. Now, guests and visitors will also be able to enjoy spending some time in the casino to be made on Hotel France’s premises where they will have access to a variety of gambling activities and games to keep them occupied and interested.