Casinotop10 has been focusing on casinos in eastern European cities, where more and more Danes travel to the last few weeks.
After a trip through the three Baltic countries and their three capitals, Tallinn , Riga and Vilnius and on to Warsaw, we are now heading east to Belarus.
The country’s capital Minsk is actually a casino casino because of many Russian and Ukrainian tourists, so here is good value for players, especially poker sharks. At the same time, the city with its two million inhabitants is a bit of a metropolis.
Belarus and Minsk do not immediately sound like the ideal travel destination, nor are there many Danish tourists who find their way.
Most have probably heard of the country’s president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, who is also known as Europe’s last dictator. Since 1994, he has ruled Belarus with brutal cruelty and struck any kind of opposition. At the same time, he has become unfamiliar with most of the EU, leaning instead of the big neighbor with East Russia.
Minsk is worth a visit if you are a bit of an adventurer and want to experience what it was like to be in the Soviet Union. Indeed, Belarus has developed a lot since the fall of Communism, but the system itself is still there.
This is seen, among other things, by the number of armed police officers (Militia) in the streets. There is almost one police officer on each street corner, which has meant that crime is very low in Minsk.
Of course it is nice, but conversely you will feel a little overseen as a stranger. The police may come to ask and ask for identification, but unless you do something illegal, you will not get any trouble with the police.
Therefore, do not be nervous about walking around Minsk and seeing the many sights that are. It is of course not London or Paris, but the Belarussian capital has many things to offer.
CASINOS IN MINSK
Since casino operations are illegal in both Russia and Ukraine, Minsk and Belarus have developed into a bit of a casino destination for new Russians and Ukrainians. Many of them come to Minsk on an all-inclusive vacation, where they can eat and drink everything they can accommodate (and they do!) And a lot of rubles will be fired at the casinos.
That’s why there are also a lot of casinos in Minsk and there are plenty of tables in the tables almost every night all year round.
The casinos in Minsk are not just for Russians. Many of the dealers speak English (something the few Belarusians do), and even more other languages. However, one should understand that the games take place in Russian.
If you are good at poker, Minsk is a mecca, as of course it is good value to play against stiff Russians. Poker star Tony G, originally from neighboring Lithuania, describes cash games in Minsk as the most lucrative in Eastern Europe.
XO Casino (the picture) on the big Nezavisimosti Prospect (Boulevard) should be the place where Tony G. usually plays. It is a newly opened casino in exclusive design with an oriental, English and Chinese character. In addition to poker, there are also roulette (American only!), Blackjack and slots , and there is also live music on weekends.
Another good place is Belaya Vezha on Masherava Prospect. It was previously a night club, but today there is a big casino with lots of tables for poker, blackjack, roulette and slots. There is also a nice restaurant in the area.
In addition, Royal Casino in the centrally located Hotel Minsk is recommended. It’s not that big again, but pretty fancy and you’ll find all the usual games.
We can recommend this page where there are information about and pictures of the casinos in Minsk:
In general, it is said about the casinos in Minsk that they are safe and that you will not run into any problems.
However, there have also been stories about casinos that move on the edge of the law, for example. Thanks Dankoff Club Casino a transition with prostitutes as part of the deposit bonus. Therefore, do not accept this kind of cheating offer, as the authorities in Belarus are fighting hard for illegalities!
Center: A walk around the city center is the best way to experience the city. Start, for example, from the Parliament with the Lenin statue and go up the Nezavisimosti Prospectus to Oktyabrskaya Square and the Palace of the Republic. Then on to the Holy Spirit Cathedral, and then across the other side of the river.
Here you will find the Trinity suburb with the old buildings and the “Towers Island” with a monument to fallen Belarusian soldiers in the Soviet Union war in Afghanistan. Then go to the Great Theater and on to Ploshtshad Pobedy, after which you can go back across the river and back to Freedom Square.
Great Patriotic War Museum: If you’re just a bit interested in history, this museum is a must in Minsk. The museum tells the story of the Second World War from the perspective of the Red Army and Belarus, and it is a tough history.
There is not much about the efforts of the Allied forces, but on the other hand, you get a unique insight into the war from that side. There are, among other things, original tanks and planes from the time of the war in the museum’s farm. Only downside is that it’s all in Russian so if you can not understand it, it’s best to book a guide in advance.
Hero City Monument and Park Pobedy: A little northwest of downtown along the river you will find a large green area where a 45-meter high obelisk turns up. The sculpture is from 1985 the best Soviet concrete and symbolizes Minsk’s title as Hero City in the context of World War II.
Just behind the monument is building a new national museum, and until then you can go for a ride in Park Pobedy, the Victory Park. It is the largest park in Minsk and is beautifully located to a dusty lake, so you can experience the local population in your spare time.
FACTS ABOUT BELARUS
Area: 207,595 m2
Languages: Belarusian and Russian
Coin foot: Belarussian rubles (100 kronor is at the time of writing 170,000 Belarussian rubles, but the course fluctuates a lot)
How to get to Minsk: There is no direct connection to Minsk from Copenhagen or Billund, but you can fly over Stockholm, Riga, Prague or Moscow. Remember, you must have a visa to enter Belarus.