Kyiv Post

How Ukraine can attract foreign tourists: a gambling tour to Odesa

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Odesa is a brand city where many ethnicitie­s crossed paths. They came to do business and stayed to live. The sunny seaside city with many hotels, restaurant­s, and venues has always attracted tourists. It seems that Odesa has been founded to attract visitors. There are many ways to get to Odesa — by air, by sea, by the river, by train, or by car. It’s a powerful internatio­nal transporta­tion hub. It takes about an hour to get from Kyiv to Odesa by plane, and around five hours by car.

Odesa has many landmarks — architectu­re sites, artistic patios, and legendary districts. Arkadia is one of them. The resort is actively developing, has a special street full of restaurant­s and entertaini­ng spaces leading to the sea. This is a place that lives non-stop from mid-spring to mid-autumn. The entrance to Arkadia is topped with a shopping mall and the Gagarinn hotel. This is also the home of First Casino, one of the biggest casinos in Europe and the biggest casino in Ukraine.

This is the top-of-the-line venue of the national First chain. Getting all the permits, installing and certifying equipment, refurbishi­ng premises, hiring and training the staff took two years, though a high number of the personnel were found abroad.

Hundreds of types of games, innovative technologi­es, and several levels of the playing rooms — you can find it all in our impressive casino! Our venue has a special atmosphere created by the designer interior, optimal sound, lights, temperatur­e, and even scent. The casino area of nearly 5,000 square meters offers 9 roulette tables, 26 card tables, 14 club poker tables, and almost 300 slot machines and gambling terminals. All the equipment is from the top brands: Novomatic, IGT, EGT, Apex. The casino's biggest room features a 27-meter bar with 9 gambling terminals and the biggest choice of drinks in Odesa. The online statistics service in the halls of the casino allows one to see the data about the latest 300 spins.

The casino has numerous design features. The main highlight of the interior is a golden sculpture of a T-Rex. These beasts , which once ruled the Earth, presided over a turning point in the history of the planet. This statue symbolizes a similar turning point in Ukraine's gambling history.

Until recently, casinos in the country had been banned for almost 12 years., Now, as the first legal gambling houses are opening up, First is a pioneer in the jungle of the new Ukrainian gambling legislatio­n. Our company was the first one to obtain a license and all the necessary permits to open a casino.

Dice is one of the first games of chance in human history. Of course, those were not modern dice with numbers. It has been suggested that this ancient game was played with parts of animal skeletons, maybe even dinosaurs. We also should mention that there’s not only one TRex in the casino. The second one is well-hidden in the building and finding it can be a quest of its o wn.

There are huge glass bulbs installed along the halls, featuring original Louis Vuitton items and amazing designer masks. The ceiling of the main hall has the pattern of sea waves. Over 5,000 unique glass jellyfish of different shapes and sizes swim through the space, creating an impressive visual effect.

The staff of the First Casino speaks 7 languages: English, German, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian.

So if you love gambling and you love the sea, sun, and unbelievab­le stories, you should visit us in Odesa. We guarantee you unforgetta­ble experience­s — if you gamble responsibl­y, of course! First Casino takes care of your flights, transfer, hotel accommodat­ion, meals, tours, and entertainm­ent.

You can reach us by calling +38 (050) 908 1111

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