Since the beginning of 2021, the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) has already issued licenses to dozens of companies. Here is the list of operators.
First licenses were issued for online casinos. The first company to get the online casino license in Ukraine was Spacex LLC, which received its license in early February 2021.
Spacex is the owner of the Cosmolot online casino brand and this company has already paid UAH 23.4 million to the Ukrainian budget for licensing its online casino for one year, taking into account the triple cost of the license.
A couple of weeks after that, the same amount was paid for its license by Gamedev LLC, which is the operator of Slots City online casino.
The third and fourth licensees almost simultaneously were issued for Parimatch LLC and First Element LLC, which own the Parimatch and FirstCasino online casino brands, respectively.
At the beginning of April 2021, the license was also obtained by Favbet Bookmaker LLC, which owns the Favbet brand.
Immediately after that, a similar license was issued to LLC Conqueror, which owns the Vulkan Casino trademark. Later licenses were issued to Ukr Game Technology LLC (domain name – g.ua) and Slots UA LLC (domain name – slotoking .ua).
The newest online casino licensees at the moment are Alfagame LLC (goldcup.ua), Joker.ua LLC (joker.ua) and VBet Ukraine LLC (vbet.ua).
The latter company is also licensed for online poker, like Pokermatch.UA LLC (pokermatch.ua) and NSUS UA LLC (ggpoker.ua).
Slot machine halls
The above mentioned Gamedev LLC also became the first holder of two licenses that allow the company to open slot machine halls in the Intourist hotel in Zaporozhye, Tourist hotel in Kiev and in the Kharkov hotel in Kharkov.
Gambling clubs in these places will open under the same Slots City brand.
Recently, KRAIL also reported that the license for a slot machine hall was received by the Gaming Club Lord LLC. The slot machine hall will be located in Lybid hotel in Kyiv.
Another holder of such a license is First Win LLC, which will be allowed to open slot machine halls under the LUK brand. These slot halls will appear in the Verkhovyna Hotel in Kiev, the Lviv hotel in Lviv and in the City Park Hotel in Bila Tserkva.
The second license for First Win LLC provides for the opening of slot-halls in the Lybid-Plaza hotel in Khmelnitsky, the Premier hotel in Kamenskoye and the Centralny hotel in Kryvyi Rih.
The company Solo Games LLC, which will open its facilities under the First Ray brand in the Kharkiv Kiroff hotel, the Ukraina hotel in Rivne and the Astoria hotel in Lviv. They paid UAH 9 million for a license for slot machine halls.
The licensee Imperia Azarta LLC will open its slot machine halls at the VoskresenskiHotel in Sumy, the Ukraine Hotel in Lutsk and the Elisavetgrad Hotel in Kropyvnytskyi.
The company Volna 4444 received a license to open its slot machine hall in the hotel Bratislava in Kyiv.
Land based casinos
The first two licenses for operating land-based casinos were issued to Nebula Games LLC and Primum LLC.
These companies are part of the First Casino, which is preparing to launch its casinos in the Lviv Grand Hotel Lviv, and in the Gagarinn hotel complex in Odessa.
The third licensee is Billionare Casino Company LLC, which owns the Billionaire gambling brand. This casino will open on the first level of the five-star InterContinental hotel in Kiev.
The fourth legal casino in Ukraine is owned by the only foreign investor so far, Storm Ukraine LLC, which will be able to open its own casino in the five-star Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv.
Storm Ukraine is part of the international gambling corporation Storm International, which owns casinos and slot machine halls in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Latvia, Germany and other countries.
The fifth holder of a casino license is Premier Palace Casino LLC, which will open its gambling house in the Kiev hotel.
Land based casino operators must pay UAH 36 million for licenses for one year (and UAH 72 million in Kyiv). A separate fee is charged for each gambling table with a roulette wheel (UAH 1 million) and tables without such a wheel (UAH 540 thousand).
The first and so far the only company that received a license for betting activities is Parimatch LLC, which is part of the international holding Parimatch.
The cost of a betting license is UAH 180 million, and this amount is paid in parts over five years, at UAH 36 million per year. But now bookmakers pay triple price – UAH 108 million a year.