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Landlocked Kazakhstan has lasted as a mystery to the western traveler for several hundred years, unknown from the pages of Marco Polo or Kipling. Few outsiders have been enlightened on the charms of this central Asian country, besides the sellers who plied the Silk Road. But, seeing that Kazakhstan accomplished its independence in 1991 and specially under the intelligent and benevolent presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country has expanded. As the nation develops, so do Kazakhstan casinos. Flushed with oil money, it’s boom time in the games companies of this prior soviet republic. There are seven cities that have amidst them legal casino provisions of which there are specifically 28 such venues. Definitely if you are passionate for a stake, the tables are the only game in town, as Kazakhstan casinos are the only gambling operations authorized there.

Most critical to the inclined gamer should be the previous capital and also exorbitant city in the area, Almaty, that apparent Las Vegas of central Asia, claiming not less than 18 casinos and counting. With an elevating 9% increase each year, the Kazakh economy has extended excessively in the last ten years and with it the Kazakh appetite for the betting tables. The cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic, multinational city of Almaty is not recognizable from its last period as the first city of a grey Soviet satellite state. New wealth has brought enchantment as well as thrill to the place, a fact best embodied by the city’s biggest casino, Casino Viva. One of a chain, this extravagant Kazakhstan casino hotel can hold twenty-six games tables and ninety-three slot games.

What’s more, the rage for Internet poker has not gone neglected in Kazakhstan casinos with the innovation of video poker hurriedly becoming a leading choice. Outside of Almaty, the invincible bettor is also served; e.g., the capital Astana has 5 casinos, the better one amongst them being one of the Casino Zodiak chain that boasts absolutely no less than 20 card tables. If that is in no way enough for individuals, casinos are also found further afield in the cities of Aktobe, Kokshetau, Pavlodar, Shimkent, also Ust-kamenogorsk. It is very obvious, for that matter, that the Kazakh favoritism for the green baize and clink of chips isn’t stated, seeing that the vice-foreign minister in recent times went to Macao along with Hong Kong. The visit was expressed to be a "short but fruitful" trip put together to study the wagering market of these towns and arouse appeal in Kazakhstan’s nascent casino industry. Indeed, a plausible direct air link has been established between Almaty and Hong Kong or Macao, which may lift desire for this once charismatic area soon set to become the desire of the cream of society.