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Eastern Europe Casinos and Gambling

Eastern Europe has a burgeoning casino industry online and on-land. Most EE countries are members of the European Union, and as such, they operate as their Western neighbors do by creating and enforcing their own gambling laws while trying to follow the EU and EC guidance for cross-border economic equality with regard to online gambling regulation.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was a period of disarray and refocusing as countries like Belarus flag Belarus, Romania flag Romania, and Estonia flag Estonia asserted their independence and began focusing efforts on capturing revenues and providing regulatory frameworks in order to attract gambling businesses. By the mid-2010s a robust industry was seen to begin phenomenal growth.

Countries like Albania flag Albania have always had casinos but in 2005 the country's first legal casino opened in the capital city of Tirana following a 20-million-euro investment by Hyatt Regency. Eight million of that was for a 15 year license. A new law in 2015 saw an explosion in the growth of small club casinos by Astra and Admiral with over 50 venues in operation a scant two years later.

After outlawing casinos earlier, Russia flag Russia has opened a few of its gambling zones and the original Azov City casinos will close by January 1, 2019, in favor of the Sochi zone. The Primorye Entertainment Zone outside of Vladivostok has struggled to reach its potential but still attracts high-value players from the heretofore untapped northern Chinese market.

While there are no universally agreed upon delineations for the segmentation of Europe into east, west, north, south, or central, you will find Cyprus flag Cyprus listed here. The largest integrated casino resort in all of Europe is located in Limmosol and majority owned by Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited of Macau.

Visitors can choose any country from the list here to explore land-based legislation, gambling opportunities, and find a link to that country page then drill down by state and city, finally arriving at a full-featured review of any casino. When there is a hotel on the property, images and links are provided so that you can book a room or compare rates and amenities. Each country page also has an interactive map locating all casinos in the country with a special feature offering directions from anywhere to any casino.

Online casino laws, as well as links to pages featuring internet casinos available from any country, can also be found on the menu next to the land based information. Enjoy your journey through Eastern Europe on the World Casino Directory!

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Lithuania is an Eastern European country and the largest of the Baltic states. There are about 20 casinos in Lithuania along with dozens of betting shops and slot halls. Gambling is strictly taxed and regulated. Olympic Entertainment of neighboring Estonia has recently become a major player in Lithuania through mergers and acquisitions. Other providers include Tete a Tete, Tornado (Casino Admiral), and Nese. The gambling age is 21 and 18 for bingo and lotteries.

Many of the country's casinos are located in the largest city and capital, Vilnius, near the Belarus border. Olympic Casino Lietuva offers hotel accommodations, 14 table games, a poker room, and 82 gaming machines. All of Casino Admiral's 6 Tornado branded venues are modern and well maintained, offering house-banked and heads-up poker in addition to slots and other table games. To enjoy a well-run casino with opulent surroundings and accommodations, Nese Casino Vilnius inside the Nese Pramogu Bankas Guest House would be a good bet.

If you are planning a trip to Lithuania and need a casino or booking information or simply want to know more, please visit our gambling guide here.

Online Casinos

Unfortunately, the state of online gambling in Lithuania remains in much of a gray area. In 2014, the country drafted a legislation requesting that the European Commission approve online gaming laws, which would allow operators based in Lithuania to offer online gaming services to the country’s citizens. However, the European Commission has yet to make its ruling on the matter. The most recent information regarding online gambling in the country came from 2016 when the Lithuania Gambling Control Authority made a move to prevent unlicensed operators from offering services within the country.

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