Kazakhstan Casinos
December 6th, 2009 by Jaiden
[ English ]

Landlocked Kazakhstan has existed as a mystery to the western traveler for hundreds of years, unknown from the pages of Marco Polo or Kipling. A handful of outsiders have acquainted themselves with the appeal of this central Asian country, apart from the merchandisers who plied the Silk Road. Yet, seeing that Kazakhstan achieved its independence in 1991 and specifically under the ingenious and warmhearted presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country has expanded. As the nation blossoms, so do Kazakhstan casinos. Flushed with oil currency, it’s boom time in the playing companies of this long ago soviet republic. There are seven cities that have amidst them legal casino capacities of which there are conclusively 28 such venues. Definitely if you are passionate for a wager, the tables are the only game in town, as Kazakhstan casinos are the only betting operations permitted there.

Most critical to the devoted casino player will have to be the long-time capital as well as the largest city in the region, Almaty, that believable Las Vegas of central Asia, claiming no less than eighteen casinos and counting. With an ascending 9 per cent growth per year, the Kazakh economy has enhanced exceptionally in the last ten years and with it the Kazakh craze for the betting tables. The cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic, multinational city of Almaty is not recognizable from its previous period as the central city of a grey Soviet satellite state. New wealth has brought elegance and thrill to the place, a fact best embodied by the city’s greatest casino, Casino Viva. One of a chain, this fantastic Kazakhstan casino hotel can claim twenty-six games tables and 93 coin-operated machines.

What’s more, the rage for online poker has not gone unnoticed in Kazakhstan casinos with the development of video poker hurriedly becoming a preferred choice. Outside of Almaty, the intrepid bettor is also served; as an example, the capital Astana has five casinos, the main one amongst them being one of the Casino Zodiak chain that maintains no less than twenty card tables. If that is not enough for persons, casinos are also located further afield in the cities of Aktobe, Kokshetau, Pavlodar, Shimkent, also Ust-kamenogorsk. It is distinct, anyway, that the Kazakh admiration for the green baize and clink of chips isn’t stated, given that the vice-foreign minister recently went to Macao and Hong Kong. The visit was declared to be a "short but fruitful" trip devised to study the casino resources of these towns and arouse interest in Kazakhstan’s nascent casino business. Certainly, a feasible direct air link has been endorsed between Almaty and Hong Kong or Macao, which might elevate interest for this once charismatic destination soon set to become the favorite of the right people.

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