Russia: Sochi Bets on Becoming the Black Sea Monte Carlo

Young women welcome visitors to the Russian Gaming Week Exhibition-Forum held in Sochi in early November. Russia plans to bring gambling to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, a project that could undermine Georgia’s dominance in the region as the place to go for blackjack and roulette. (Photo: Paul Rimple)

A decade ago, it was just another down-at-heels vacation destination. But the Black Sea resort town of Sochi has been transformed by hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. And now, it aims to become a Russian version of Monte Carlo.
 

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Paul Rimple is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.

Russia: Sochi Bets on Becoming the Black Sea Monte Carlo

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