Upon the prohibition of gambling activities in neighbouring countries, the development of this industry in Belarus has been actively gaining momentum. Although the industry is tightly regulated at the state level, it can comfortably exist and develop. How can one conduct a constructive dialogue with the authorities and become a successful player in the market?
Bitcoin has become the most strange and unusual innovation in the world of money in the entire history of its existence. At present, there is no legal basis for its use in the territory of the Republic of Belarus. However, the cryptocurrency opens up great opportunities for the country where the gambling business is legalized. What can be done with Bitcoin within the gambling industry in Belarus?
Development of the gambling market and Bitcoin are two main topics of Belarus Gaming Congress. The event will take place in Minsk for the second time. Two halls will be devoted to the gambling business (land base and online), as well as to the prospects of using the cryptocurrency, software for Bitcoin casinos, new technologies in the online and offline casinos.
The Congress was very eventful. Participants of the Belarus gambling market have faced two major challenges at one time. They are economic crisis and desire of the government to tax players. The participants and speakers were looking for ways out of the situation. Bitcoin popularity is growing rapidly, attracting the attention of a growing number of vendors and operators. Online gambling is out of the question: a new generation changes land-based casinos for online ones.
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Thank you for your excellent preparation and organization of the event. I hope that Belarus Gaming Congress will help CTC HOLDINGS to return actively to the market of Belarus. I would like to continue to participate in other summits organized by you. Thanks again for your support and attention!
I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to participate in Gaming Congress.The event was organized on a high professional level. I have been very pleased that the market participants represented by major casinos so carefully treat their clients and players and really work for them. The Congress was largely aimed at the discussion of how to please the client and provide it with comfort, starting from an ergonomic chair you feel like sitting on, and ending with the competent positioning of the brand in the market.We look forward to your new projects on behalf of the entire team of SPP.
Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners Law Office
Moderator: Elena Botvinnokova
The history of gambling business development in Belarus from 2009 to 2015: analysis, forecasts
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General Manager company
Igor Rechka was born in 1976 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Timiryazev Academy. In 1998, he began to work in a casino and quickly moved up the career ladder. In 2000, he became a casino manager and in 2007 - a co-owner of the management company GeneralManager and a casino manager. In 2009, he became a CEO at GeneralManager and a casino manager. Today he lives and works in Minsk. Within a period of 2002-2008, he was a coordinator of Staffroom project. He was a chief editor of "Casino Inside". Since 2013, he has been a founder and publisher of the magazine "CasinoMagazine" in Belarus. He has been a professional player since 2002.
Management Company General Manager has been existing on the market since 2004. Its main scope of activity is casino opening and management. Other directions of the company's activity include:
1. Karaoke club opening and managing
2. Publishing activity, glossy magazine issue
3. Hookah company
4. Staff training in all areas of gambling.
5. Graphic design studio.
Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners LLP
-Law Department, Belarusian State University.
Darja is a senior associate of Stepanovski, Papakul and partners Llc.
Darja has been practicing law since 2005. Was attested by the Ministry of justice of the Republic of Belarus and has a right to provide legal services individually or by working for hire.
Has a broad experience in consulting on contract law, drafting of complex legal opinions on a wide range of issues including distributors’ activity in the Republic of Belarus starting from import of goods to their sale in a retail distribution network; import, production and promotion of alcoholic drinks; advertising and marketing events, promotion of goods, consumers disputes, elaboration and registration of rules of advertising games held in the Republic of Belarus.
Vasily Stepanov Master of Economics and Management, graduated from Belarusian State Economic University, Belarusian State Economic University Lecturer, Department of Marketing,
Best Art Director casino Vkybe TV version in 2013, the current Art Director of casino Belaya Veja.
1.Theoretical and methodological foundations of branding in the services sector
2 Economic and social bases of formation of legal casino brand in the Republic of Belarus.
3. Strategic management of t casino brand in the Republic of Belarus
Business development manager Casexe Limited
Casexe Ltd. is innovator in providing software solutions for online gambling industry. Using years of experience and latest research and analysis of the global market of online gambling, Casexe Ltd. creates high-tech smart products. With its innovative approach company offers software solutions that are customizable to individual needs and demands of each client. One of these solutions is CASEXE multi purpose platform for online casinos, having virtually unlimited potential.
Roman Vilyavin, is a Director’s Deputy at Promodo, one of the leading online marketing agencies in CIS with massive expertise in gambling websites promotion, and experience of working with bwin, Europoker, Parimatch, Pokerstars, Fonbet, Pokernews etc.
In his presentation, Roman Vilyavin will tell about his personal experience of online casino management throughout 2011-2012 on the highly competitive British market.
Head of business development
Graduated from the "Moscow State University" with specialization in "Applied Mathematics and Computer Science".
In 2007 started his working career in the company which produced equipment for gambling.
In 2009 took the position of sports analyst in the major gaming and bookmaker's holding «TRIO GROUP».
From 2010 to 2011 was the mastermind and one of the developers of the unique in Russian market sports line of the First Betting Company.
Maxim Baev was more than once the respondent for various publications such as «Business Excellence», «Betting Business Russia», as well as the speaker at thematic conferences in Sochi and Crimea.
Vadim works as a “Head of Partners Central & Eastern Europe” in SAFECHARGE, he’s responsible for the market development of the company in Russia, CIS, Central Europe and Baltic countries.
SafeCharge International Group (AIM: SCH) is a leading global Payments and Risk services provider to many web driven industries, as online Gaming, online lotteries, online games, Forex, Binary Options, eCommerce, retail, travel, etc
More than 15 years experience in international Internet companies related to finance, mobile ecosystem and global payment systems.
Tatiana Mihalchenko has over 5 years of experience in the Internet industry. Held various positions in the major Internet companies such as KupiKupon, SuperKupon and passed training in America in the non-profit organization The Vera Project.
CEO SoftSwiss Group
With a Master degree in management and economics and background in IT, Mr. Montik went along way from a web design studio founder, carwash owner, bank corporate manager and international oil trading company regional manager to the founder and CEO of SoftSwiss. After graduating from the Belarusian State University in 2005, Ivan started his career as a corporate client manager at Priorbank JSC, Raiffeisen Group. From 2008 to 2010, he was successfully heading Belarus representative office of Bigmir.net, the largest Ukrainian media portal. In 2009 Ivan signed the European Charter on the Freedom of Press in Hamburg. In 2010 he took part in the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, the international forum for the role and impact of the media in international affairs promoting democracy and freedom of expression and speech. Mr. Montik is one of the founders of the European Center for the Freedom of Press.Having accumulated significant experience in management and IT, in 2008 he founded SoftSwiss. It was Ivan’s initiative to introduce SoftSwiss online gaming auction platform to the market in 2010. The product had success and revealed wide growth opportunities in the area of Internet gaming. Company’s next product, online casino platform, was presented in London at ICE Totally Gaming 2013 and was appraised by industry leaders for outstanding game design and high security. Now, the company is offering a turnkey solution for starting an online casino and is planning to expand its business by developing a mobile version of the platform and offering a variety of additional games. Since 2012 Ivan was following new Bitcoin cryptocurrency rising. In 2013 SoftSwiss interested in Bitcoin and crypto-currency paradigm and implementing bitcoin processing and management in Gaming Platform. Ivan is responsible for company operations, finances, development and strategic planning. His profound knowledge of business analysis, project and production management, as well as sales and marketing has contributed greatly to the company success.
Brand-manager of CASEXE
Ivan brings over 8 years of experience in marketing, build and launch successful new brands in B2B and B2C areas.
CASEXE Limited - an innovator company in the field of online gambling software development.
CASEXE Mission are development and popularization of the gaming industry with fair rules of the game, a successful European experience and transparent business environment. With many years’ experience paired with an innovative approach, the company offers software solutions with the possibility of modification depending on the individual needs of each client. One of such solution is a universal platform CASEXE for online casinos, with virtually unlimited potential.
Tim Heath has been involved in the gaming industry for over 12 years, working predominately in the Poker & Casino sector as a super affiliate, land based operator, B2B software provider and online operator. Since 2013, his main focus has been on the Bitcoin gambling niche, with clear aim to innovate and disrupt existing norms and take casino and sportsbetting solutions to non traditional markets. He is currently CEO of coingaming.io, a bitcoin focused B2B gaming platform for Casino, Sportsbetting and Poker solutions.
Account-director of search engine marketing and web analytics department at Borovoy Studio
Account-director of search engine marketing and web analytics department at Borovoy Studio, the leader in development and promotion of corporate websites and Internet shops in Belarus.
Anna has been working in the Internet industry for over 5 years. She took senior positions in major Belarusian online agencies. Anna`s portfolio contains hundreds of successfully implemented projects for the largest Internet Belarusian and international companies.
She loves singing and is interested in French culture. During her speech, Anna will tell about the success story of one online casino software developer.
Head of Gambling at CityAds Media
- What do we need affiliate programs in gambling for?
- Primary mistakes when working with affiliate programs
- Capabilities of gambling affiliate programs
- Case for attracting traffic to online casinos
Dennis Konotop is an experienced specialist with more than five years of experience in the field of performance marketing. He is an author of several articles about how to earn online, anti - fraud actions, as well as new tools on the affiliate systems market.
The advice from the lecturer: "Do not stop on one source of traffic, even if it shows stable results. Observe the related field of online business, test and do not be afraid to make a mistake."
The business tour to the best casinos in Minsk will allow you to learn what happens in the gambling business on the other side of the door. It stipulates an acquaintance with the best practices of Belarusian gambling market, meeting and live communication with experts, managers, owners of companies, participation in the development of the market. The business tour can open new opportunities for your businesses.
Business Tour Program
Belaya Veja was one of the first entertainment complexes in Minsk. Established in 2001, venue has quickly become popular among Belorussian and foreign players, keeping the high standards today. Constant progress of the complex allows to offer guests the most relevant services. At the moment, the complex involves Belaya Veja casino, Grand Bellagio restaurant, karaoke hall, hookah lounge and summer patio. Interior is noticeable for its panoramic view at Masherov avenue and romantic spiral stairs often used for making proposals. Two casino levels offer 18 gaming tables, 95 gaming machines and a VIP hall. Here you can play the traditional card games, as well as the unique ones, created exclusively for Belaya Veja: Belapoker, Ride the wave, Black Jack Press, Black Jack Switch, Ultimate Texas Poker.
Carat Casino is the premium casino in the center of Minsk. Fans of gambling will appreciate the sophisticated design of the casino halls, as well as the high level of service of one of the best casinos in the city. Casino offers a wide variety of the most popular card games and slot machines of the new generation for its visitors. Comfortable VIP rooms which are available for important guests exceed the expectations of the most demanding public.
Royal casino offers every guest to experience the real pleasure from gaming, enjoy nice and friendly atmosphere. The distinctive advantage of Royal casino is carried out in the personal approach to each client.
The professional competence of all employees makes it possible to relax in a comfort, secure and confidential venue. The main “Royal” hall and 2 VIP halls with separate entrance are waiting for you exclusively.Special enjoyment is guaranteed by the original cuisine, live music and the largest collection of tobacco mixes for hookahs in the city.Venue specifics:
Games – Black Jack, American roulette, Texas hold’em, Russian poker, 5 card poker, Oasis poker, Texas hold’em with exchange, slots
Peculiarities - Face Control, Dress Code, Chill Out, Cigar room
Entertainment – Live music, Hookahs, Show program
Meeting place of business tour participants - hall of Renaissance Minsk Hotel
Address: Dzerzhinsky Avenue 1 E
11.30 - 12.00
12.00 - 13.30
13.30 - 14.00
14.00 - 15.30
15.30 - 16.00
16.00 - 17.00
Belaya Veja casino
17.00 - 18.00
Cocktail dinner for participants of business tour in Belaya Veja casino
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Renaissance Minsk Hotel
Renaissance Minsk Hotel is the first hotel of the famous Marriott international hotel chain in Belarus. It is located in the rapidly developing business center of Minsk. Local attractions include Trinity Suburb, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater, Belarusian State Circ