Shangri La Casino by Storm International Opens in Kyiv at Fairmont Grand Hotel

On May 14, 2021, the grand opening of the Shangri La Casino Kyiv took place. This is a respectable gambling complex adhering to international service and safety standards. It is expected that the launch of this level establishment will serve as a stimulus for the industry’s development as a whole, which in turn will bring significant revenues to the state budget.


The brand has been waiting for the opportunity to enter the Ukrainian market for over 8 years. The country has hosted numerous conferences and meetings of leading industry players. For the gambling market representatives, participation in such large-scale events is a great practical benefit. In a highly competitive environment, this is very relevant, since it allows you to learn about current trends, new products, technologies and many other important points. Such a deep study of the market made it possible for the company to competently draw up its strategy.

Opening a Shangri La casino required a lot of preparatory work. It was necessary to conclude a lease agreement with the hotel. After that, the personnel recruitment, repairs and other work began. Along the way, the company faced a number of major challenges – a protracted licensing, certification and various permits issuance process, the ongoing debate over the gambling business taxation system, things with the state monitoring systems implementation. There were bureaucratic problems, primarily related to the lengthy execution of various documents and their further signing. It took a very long time to coordinate the tariff policy with various authorities.

Another problem is that in Ukraine the casino image has suffered due to illegal gambling establishments. Thus, the company also expects more decisive actions from the state in the fight against shadow gambling, which damages the industry’s reputation and does not pay taxes. And Michael Boettcher, the Shangri La brand founder and owner, believes that a huge advantage of Ukrainian legalization is the possibility of opening casinos and slot machine halls exclusively in the 3-5-star hotels and the Fairmont Grand Hotel is the perfect location for an elite casino.

The vast experience and knowing of the industry helped Storm International to effectively overcome all obstacles and launch a truly unique gambling complex. Shangri La Casino Kyiv offers a pleasant time at 20 tables for card games. Here are the most popular types of poker, blackjack and punto banco, as well as American roulette. In addition, there are 80 slot machines from trusted and certified providers. When forming the casino assortment, it was taken into account that the audience of potential consumers has radically different gambling preferences. Therefore, the new casino has included in its offer 4 of the most popular slot machine developers: EGT, IGT, Novomatic and Scientific Games. Each of them has its own characteristics in the graphics and gameplay system. At the same time, in the context of each presented brand, there are slots for literally every taste: fruit, adventure, fantastic, fabulous and others. Moreover, the club presents the multi-user roulette Gambee, which will eventually be expanded to 20 terminals.

For Shangri La guests, the administration arranges junket tours with hotel reservations, transfers to and from the airport and other bonuses. As part of the program, 3 offers have been formed, depending on the amount for which the client must purchase the chips of the gambling house. The following types of cards are offered:

  • Silver – for a deposit of $ 3,000 or more.
  • Gold – from $ 5,000.
  • VIP – from $ 10,000. In this case, a personal manager is assigned to the guest and air tickets are paid.

The new casino also has three special zones for privileged guests. What is nice, everyone can become a member of the VIP club and get a club card. To do this, just contact the casino administration and agree on the terms of participation. The guests who have received VIP status enjoy pleasant additional privileges, such as high bets, the opportunity to relax and play any games in a separate VIP room, a special staff that fulfills personal requests and orders, and much more.

An unforgettable vacation awaits guests of Shangri La in one of the best hotels in the country

The elegant Fairmont Grand Hotel is located in the historical center of Kyiv – on Podil. The twelve-storey hotel is surrounded by famous architectural monuments, including the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and the St. Sophia Cathedral. From its windows open up breathtaking views of the majestic domes of churches, the wide Dnipro and the entire city.

The interior of the hotel is made in a chic royal style with the use of a large number of unique moldings, expensive textiles and golden decor elements. The hotel has 258 rooms, of which 35 are suites, as well as presidential and royal apartments.

Add to that the highest level of service, friendly staff and a convenient location – Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv is ideal for family travel, business meetings or large events.

About brand

The first Shangri La casino was opened in Moscow in 1999. Then, with a difference of one year – in 2008 and 2009 gambling complexes were launched in Yerevan and Minsk. And in 2012, said the company CEO Darren Keane, Shangri La Tbilisi opened its doors. The brand also owns several elite gambling halls in Germany and a licensed online casino platform. The site was launched in 2016 and offers its customers a great gambling experience. The collection of games includes slots, scratchcards, live casino games and more. There is a sportsbook section with 100+ sports, virtual sports and e-sports.

At the end of 2021, it is planned to open a gambling complex in Myanmar. In December 2021 the Shangri La casino opens in Kharkiv. There will also be a trip to Uzbekistan for a dialogue with the government regarding the law on gambling business. The first casino of the brand is expected to appear in Uzbekistan in one and a half or two years. Also the company is interested in the Kyrgyzstan market, where a bill on a gambling zone is already being considered. Good news for Ukrainian players is that Storm International plans to expand in Lviv, Dnipro and Odessa.

Danny White