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Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated. This ended centuries of rule over Ukraine by Russians. Ukrainians prefer to call their nation Ukraine, not "The Ukraine", as the latter term tended to denote that Ukraine was a mere province of Russia.

Gambling is legal in Ukraine. Ukrainians had a lottery even during Soviet times, though the gambling industry grew quickly in the post-Soviet era. Ukraine has 47 different casinos and two major lotteries, along with many lesser lottery games.

Unlike many other countries in Eastern Europe, Ukraine has no comprehensive gaming law, so many gambling operators are less regulated than in other nearby countries. Ukrainian officials are working to pass laws which would regulate the Ukrainian gambling industry more closely.

Ukraine Gambling Laws

Despite a number of Ukrainian lotteries, Ukraine has no laws specifically meant to regulate lottery gaming in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Finance Ministry offered legislation in early 2007 to better regulate lottery and gaming operators in Ukraine, which is home to a large number of gaming institutions.

The new law would classify various kinds of lotteries and require licenses to be issued by authorities. While the two major Ukrainian lotteries work closely with the Ministry of Finance, most of the smaller lotto companies do not.

Casino Gambling in Ukraine

There are dozens of casinos in Ukraine. I include two lists of Ukrainian casino. The first list contains casinos spread around cities throughout Ukraine, while the second list features the many casinos found in Kiev.  

Casinos in Ukraine

Casino Charley (Dniepropetrovsk) - Casino Charley has 7 tables games, including three Poker tables, 3 Roulette wheels and 1 Blackjack table. There are three restaurants at Casino Charley, including an Italian restaurant, a sushi bar and a coffee house. Call Casino Charley at +380 562 38 9068.

White Piano Casino (Dniepropetrovsk) - White Piano Casino has 12 gaming machines and 7 table games, including 3 Poker tables. White Piano also includes a bar and restaurant. For casino information at White Piano Casino, call +380 567 44 3501.

Casino Volna (Donetsk) - Casino Volna is home to six table games, including Poker, Roulette and Blackjack. Call Casino Volna at +380 623 85 8008.

Casino Zig-Zag (Donetsk) - Casino Zigzag offers 2 poker tables and a restaurant. The casino floor is open 24 hours daily. Call Casino Zig Zag at +380 622 97 2904.

Casino Split (Ilichovsk) - Casino Split is open 13 hours a day, from 7pm until 6am. The casino floor has one Poker table, one Blackjack table and one Roulette table. Casino split includes a food and drink bar, a billiards room and a dance floor. Call Casino Split in Ilichovsk at +380 486 84 2967.

Casino Kharkov (Kharkov) - Casino Kharkov has 20 gaming machines and 12 casino tables, including Texas Holdem and Pai Gow Poker. The restaurant on the property serves Ukrainian cuisine. For more information about Casino Kharkov, call +380 676 73 9750.

Casino V-Club (Kharkov) - Casino VClub has 6 gaming tables, including 2 poker games held 16 hours a day, from 2pm until 6am. Casino V-Club also serves as a liquor bar. For general information about Casino V-Club in Kharkov, call +380 572 12 8244.

Casino Millenium (Lviv) - Casino Millenium offers 15 gaming machines, a restaurant, a bar and a night club. Millenium Casino is open from 9pm until closing time. Call +380 322 40 3591 for more information.

Grand Hotel & Grand Club Sofia (Lviv) - Grand Club Sofia in L'viv houses 6 gaming tables, including games of American Roulette, Poker and Blackjack. The Grand Hotel has 200 rooms, while the property also holds a bar and a Mexican restaurant. Call Grand Hotel and Grand Club Sofia Casino at +380 322 72 9000.

Club Split Lvov (Lvov) - Club Split in L'vov holds 5 gaming tables. It has a Japanese restaurant and a European restaurant. Casino Club Split Lvov can be reached at +380 322 98 7133.

Cristal Palace Casino (Odessa) - Crystal Palace Casino is found on Devolanovkiy Slope Casino in Odessa, Ukraine. To get more information about Cristal Palace Casino, call +380 482 36 5991.

Gabriela Casino & Londonskaya Hotel (Odessa) - Gabriela Casino has 6 gaming tables, including Blackjack, Poker and Roulette. Hotel Londonskaya includes a bar and the caisno is open 24 hours a day. Call +380 482 25 5365 for more information about Gabriela Casino.

Mandarin Casino (Odessa) - Mandarin Casino on Vilyamsa Street can be reached at +380 487 17 0046.

Casino Split Poltava (Poltava) - Casino Split on Gogol Street in Poltava, Ukraine is a 24-hour casino. Casino Split Poltava offers 25 gaming machines and 6 casino table games, including Texas Hold 'Em, Russian Poker, 3 Card Poker, Roulette and Blackjack. The property restaurant serves European cuisine, while Casino Split also includes a billiards room, disco dance hall and cinema theater. Call +380 532 50 8003 for more information about the Casino Split in Poltava.

Fortuna Gaming Hall (Zaporozhye) - Fortuna Casino and Gaming Hall has 14 slot macines and 10 table games, including 2 poker games. The Fortuna restaurant serves a European menu. Fortune Gaming Hall can be reached at +380 612 13 3133.

Casinos in Kiev

Kiev has so many casinos that I've decided to place them separate from the other Ukrainian casinos. This should allow visitors to Kiev an easier time of finding casino information for the capital of Ukraine. Nearly half of Kievan casinos are Olympic Casinos. Most of these offer gambling machines only, though one or two offer table games.

Here are Kiev's casinos.

Casino Avalon - Casino Avalon has 20 gaming machines and 26 gaming tables, including 5 Blackjack, 10 Roulette and 11 poker tables. Calls +380 44 234 7196 for more information about Casino Avalon in Kiev.

Casino Bingo - Casino Bingo is a 24-hour casino with 7 gaming tables, which features blackjack, poker and roulette. Casino Bingo in Kiev (Kyiv) also has a bar inside it. Call +380 44 424 6507 for information about the casino.

Casino Bratislava - This casino is open 15 hours a day, from 6pm until 9am. Casino Bratislava offers 5 casino game tables and the games offered are Roulette, Blacjkack and Poker. There are also 2 restaurants at Casino Bratislava, offering Ukrainian and European cuisine. Call +380 44 551 7200 for more casino information.

Casino El Torito - Casino Elt Torito in Kyv has 8 slot machines and 8 gaming tables, with Blackjack, Roulette and Poker featured. Call +380 44 269 6038 for casino information about Casino El Torito. Restaurant information requires a call to +380 44 269 3180.

Casino Etual - This casino, found on Boris Grinchenko Street, offers 4 slots and 8 gaming tables, featuring Poker, Roulette and Blackjack. Casino Etual also has 2 restaurants and a strip show on site. Dial +380 44 279 4346 for more information about Casino Etual.

Casino Kiev - Casino Kiev is a 24 hour casino with 30 slot machines and 6 table games. This includes 4 poker tables and 2 roulette wheels. The casino also has a bar, restaurant, billiards room and disco bar. Phone +380 44 287 6605 for questions about Casino Kiev.

Casino Sin City is a 24-hour casino in Kiev. It has a bar, 2 poker tables and 3 other casino gaming tables. Call +380 44 553 3405 or +380 44 553 8640 to ask about Casino Sin City.

Casino Split - This casino, found on Proroeznaya Street, has 5 Poker tables, 2 Roulette tables and 2 Blackjack tables. The property also holds a bar and a restaurant, named Proreznay. Call +380 44 536 1717 for either dining or casino information about Casino Split.

Casino Twenty-First Century - Casino 21st Centry is a 24-hour casino with 4 poker games and 2 roulette wheels. Casino Twenty-First Century is located inside a strip club and can be reached by dialing +380 44 289 1703.

Casino Zaporozhye - Casino Zaporozhye offers Oasis Stud Poker, 7-Card Stud Poker, Texas Hold 'Em, Five-Card Draw Poker, Blackjack, European Roulette, American Roulette and 3 Card Poker. The casino also contains a bar and a Ukrainian menu restaurant. Call +380 44 463 6473 or visit the Casino Zaporozhye website at www.casino-zap.com.

Club Joss - Club Joss is a 24-hour casino with 9 table games, including American Roulette, Blackjack and Texas Holdem. The property also contains a pub, bar, hotel and two restaurants, including one Japanese restaurant. The phone number for Club Joss is +380 44 516 8674.

Gabriela Entertainment Complex - Gabriela Casino in Kiev offers 25 video poker and slot machines, as well as 3 blackjack tables, 3 poker tables and 3 roulette tables. The Gabriela Entertainment Complex bar serves European cuisine. The casino complex also includes a nightclub named Night Club Matrix, and is situated near two bars: the Cigar Bars and Millenium Bar. General information for Gabriela Entertainment Complex can be reached at +380 44 228 8821.

Limpopo Entertainment Complex - Limpopo Entertainment Complex on Geroi Stalingrada Avenue offers 4 gaming tables with blackjack, poker and roulette. Limpopo Casino includes a bar and restaurant. The casino phone number if +380 44 464 6902.

Maximym Casino - Maxymim Casino on Dekabristov Street is open 16 hours a day, from 2pm until 6am. The casino offers 3 Texas Hold Em tables, 1 roulette table and a blackjack table. The bar at Maximym is named Y Kryzki and it serves European food. There is also a billiards room, bowling alley, night club and strip club at Maximym Casino. Call +380 44 562 6262 for more information about gaming at Maximym.

Mirage Casino & Bowling Club - Artema Street features another combination casino/bowling alley. This is the Mirage Casino, which has 6 casino game tables (blackjack, roulette, poker) and a restaurant. The property also holds a bowling center, a billiards room and a karaoke bar. The phone number for Mirage Casino & Bowling Club is +380 44 461 9298.

Olympic Casino Aladdin - The Alladin Olympic Casino is a 24-hour gambling hall with 66 gaming machines on the slots floor. Olympic Casino - Aladdin includes two bars. Call Olympic Casino in Kiev at +380 44 577 3671.

Olympic Casino Arena - Kransoarmeyskaya Street is home to Arena Olympic Casino, which has 50 slot machines on its game floor. The property includes one bar and can be reached at +380 44 590 0852.

Olympic Casino Arsenal - This casino has only 22 gaming machines and a bar. Arsenal Olympic Casino is open 24 hours perday, though. It can be reached by calling +380 44 254 5896.

Olympic Casino Darnica - Olympic Casino Darnica is found on Malyshka Street. It is open 24 hours and includes 54 slots and a bar. The Darnica Olympic Casino phone number is +380 44 559 6963.

Olympic Casino Geroev Dnepra - This 24-hour slots casino has 36 gaming machines and a bar. The phone information for Geroev Dnepra Olympic Casino is +380 955 14 2679.

Olympic Casino Global - Found on Balzaka Street, Global Olympic Casino has 61 slot machines and a bar. Olympic Casino - Global is open 24 hours a day. Its phone number is +380 44 459 7301.

Olympic Casino Opera - This Olympic Casino has 37 slots and 9 table games, making Opera Olympic Casino one of the few Kievan Olympic casinos with table games.

Olympic Casino Rusanovka - Olympic Casino Rusanova has 55 slot machines and video poker machines, as well as a bar. General information for Rusanovka Olympic Casino in Kiev is +380 44 553 3672.

Olympic Casino Sofiivska - Olympic Casino on Sofiivska Street has 46 slot machines and a bar. The phone number for Olympic Casino Sofisvska is +380 676 57 6451.

Olympic Casino Spectre - This casino has 45 gaming machines on the casino floor and a bar inside the complex. The phone number for Spectre Olympic Casino is +380 44 457 7565.

Olympic Casino Pobeda - The Olympic Casino found on Pobedy Prospect has 44 gaming machines and a single bar. The casino stays open twenty-four hours a day. For casino information at Olympic Casino Pobeda, call +380 675 37 6562.

Olympic Casino Saksaganskogo - This casino has 45 gaming machines, which operate 24 hours a day. A bar is also located on the Olympic Casino Saksagankogo property, which can be reached at +380 676 57 6450.

Rio Casino - Rio Casino on Khmelnytskoho Street can be reached by dialing the number +380 44 234 3292.

River Palace Entertainment Complex - River Place casino is open 16 hours a day, from 3pm until 7am. The River Palace Casino floor has 100 slot machines and video poker machines, as well as 29 gaming tables. These tables include various forms of poker on 8 tables, as well as blackjack and Roulette games. Also on the property are a sports bar and a night club, named Nightclub River Palaz.

The River Palace Entertainment Complex phone number is +380 44 490 6695, or you can visit their web address at www.riverpalace.kiev.ua.

Salyut International Casino - Salyut International is found on Yanvarskoga Vosstaniya Street. The casino offers 12 gaming machines, including video poker, as well as 14 gaming tables. These tables feature Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hold 'Em, Stud Poker, Oasis Stud Poker, Blackjack and American Roulette. The Salyut Bar is also a restaurant. For casino information at Salyut International Casino, call +380 44 280 3133.

Time Out Casino - Timeout Casino is found on Gorkogo Street and offers 3 poker tables. Time Out Casino is open 24 hours a day. For more information regarding the poker games at TimeOut Casino, call +380 672 48 7396.

Lottery in Ukraine

The oldest and biggest lottery in Ukraine is MSL, the Molod'SportLoto. MSL was founded in 1973. The organization organizes lotto games in all 26 Ukrainian states in partnership with the Ukraine Ministry of Finance. MSL states that 50% of revenues go to lottery payouts. 30% goes to the state budget. Lottery winners do not have to pay taxes on their winnings.

MSL Lottery Games Offered

Modol Sports Lotto, usually known as MSL, offers several popular games. Sportsprognoz is a lottery games based on football. Megalot is the successor to the Ukrainian Sportloto, which is a numbers game. KTO NAM is a "housing lottery" with drawings on nationwide television. Loto Zabava is described as a game for the "whole family".

MSL is a member of the European Association of State and TOTO Lotteries. This association organizes European lottery companies, as well as Israel and a few other nations. Ukraine MSL joined in 1993.

As of late 2007, MSL signed a contract with Scientific Games to produce and distribute lottery tickets in Ukraine. Starting in 2008, Scientific Games will distribute lotto tickets to 16,000 different Ukrainian venues on behalf of MSN.

The Ukrainian National Lottery

The Ukrainian National Lottery is also a major lotto operator in Ukraine. The English-language version of the site can be found at http://www.lottery.com.ua/eng/. Games offered are the Super Loto, Keno and Loto Triyka. Like MSL, Ukrainian National Lottery works under the regulations of the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance.

Loto Trikya are sold between 7:30am and 9pm every day, though on Wednesday and Saturday, ticket sells end at 8pm. These are the nights of the weekly UNL drawings. Lotto Trikya requires players to select three numbers between 0 and 9. This creates 1000 different possible winning combinations, and you can choose to play any order, exact order or some combination. Matching the exact order wins you 500x the bet.

Keno drawings are held every day at 9:05pm. Once again, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the drawing are held an hour earlier, at 8:05pm. Drawings for both the Loto Trikya and Keno are broadcast on channel UT-1 on TV every day at 10:50pm.

Super Loto is a big money lotto game. The top prizes is 10,000,000 UAH. Wagers include 1 UAH, 2 UAH and 3 UAH. Players select 5 numbers and a bonus ball number, so Super Loto plays similar to Mega Millions jackpots in the United States. Super Loto was started in 2001 by the Ukrainian government.

Ukrainian National Lottery Offices

The Ukrainian National Lottery has seven branch offices. Here are the cities included and the phone number to their offices.

Kiev or Kyiv - 044-490-6262
Dnepropetrovsk - 056-370-1882
Donetsk - 062-208-4152
L'Vov - 0322-95-1261
Odessa - 048-237-5450
Simferopol - 0652-51-0670
Kharkov - 057-758-3417

Ukraine Information

Ukraine is in Eastern Europe on the north coast of the Black Sea. The capital city of Kiev was the center of a powerful state from the 9th to the 12th century, which was one of the earlier powerful Slavic polities. This state, called Kievan Rus by historians, fell apart in the generations prior to the Mongol invasions of the Russian steppes. The scattered Kievan successor states fell to the Mongols and ceased to exist as separate political entities.

When Ukraine was freed from Mongol domination, it was not through their own efforts, but those of a Polish king. This led to a long history of foreign domination of Ukrainians. Polish rule would continue for the next several centuries, and the local Ukrainian nobility largely turned from Orthodox beliefs to the Polish Catholic beliefs. This left the Orthodox Ukrainian under-class disaffected and they often turned to their fellow Orthodox Christians, the Cossacks, for protection.

By the mid-17th century, the Polish kingdom's strength had been undermined by a lack of central authority over Polish nobles. Ukraine was nominally under Polish rule, but Cossacks in the center of present-day Ukraine set up their own quasi-state, known as the Zaporozhian Host. The Cossacks would fight against Polish rule through much of the first half of the 17th century, and increasingly turned to the Russian state for protection.

This eventually led to a Russo-Polish War for control over Ukraine in the 1650's and 1660's, with a large section of the Ukrainians supporting Russia for largely religious reasons. Russia would win the war and Ukraine would fall under Russian domination for the next several centuries. This war would make Russia an Eastern European power for the first time.

The Ukrainian elite believed they would gain autonomy from the Russian tsar, but they were simply added into the Tsarist domain. Ukrainians would go on to serve important roles in the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church for generations, but they would never receive the autonomy they hoped for. Indeed, successive Russian tsars would seek to Russify Ukraine, suppressing use of the Ukrainian language and culture.

Following the Tsar's fall from power in 1917 and a disastrous end to Russia's role in World War I, Ukraine gained brief independence from 1918 until 1921. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian state went to war in 1918-19 with independent Poland over who would rule Eastern Galicia, which had formally been ruled by Austro-Hungary. This war weakened Ukraine and dimmed whatever hopes it had of remaining free of the Soviet Union. By 1922, Soviet Ukraine was incorporated into the Soviet Union.

Stalin would remember Ukrainian attempts to break free of Russia, though. In the 1930's, when Stalin began his collectivization of Soviet farming, his repressive measures fell most heavily on Ukraine. Stalin shipped hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to Siberia, and forced such harsh requisitioning of Ukrainian wheat that millions of Ukrainian farmers died of starvation. Ukrainians refer to this time as the Holodomor, or death by starvation.

Ukraine would remain a Soviet province until 1991, when the Soviet Union fell apart. Ukrainians moved to gain independence along with many other former Soviet republics and Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe. A treaty was signed with Russia that would allow it to continue to house its Black Sea Fleet in Sebastapol, a Ukrainian city in the Crimea. Also, the Crimea was given autonomy, while the remaining states or oblasts of Ukraine became a federated state under the authority of Kiev.

Ukraine is working to gain admission into NATO and the European Union as a means of avoiding dependence on the Russia. Economic and culture ties will probably always bind Russia and Ukraine together to some degree, but many Ukrainians view Russia as their traditional oppressors. In fact, Ukraine remains deeply divided on whether it should lean towards the West or towards Russia. Eastern Ukrainians tend to sympathize with Russian ties, while Western Ukrainians tend to argue for their leaders to strengthen ties to the West.

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