The Oracul Casino Hotel Azov City - Russia

It’s hard to know what to say about the Oracul Casino Hotel. It’s located in Azov City which was once the centre of gambling in Russia - until Putin pulled the plug on the region and decided to move all the casinos to Sochi to help pay for the Winter Olympics.

At the time of writing, the Oracul appears to be surviving Putin’s purge and still holds the title of ‘first legal casino to open in Russia’.

If you want to visit the Oracul, get ready for the trip of a life time. Not only will you have to skirt the border with conflict-ridden Ukraine, and pass through the recently reclaimed ex-Ukrainian now Russian port of Mariupol, you will also have to find your way to Azov City.

There are only ten hotel rooms at the casino. It is very hard to find more details about nearby hotels. That means we are recommending staying in neighbouring Yeysk and taking advantage of the free casino shuttle service.

The casino itself is modern with contemporary slots, as well as blackjack, roulette, and several variations of poker. There is also a poker room and a lively poker tournament schedule.

The venue has a busy roster of entertainment – ranging from live music to boxing. The casino has a lively history and has seen thousands of visitors, since it opened in 2006. It’s future – however - is less certain.

Will the Oracul continue to operate is Azov City or will Putin pull the plug and send everyone to Sochi? At the time of writing, bets still appear to be on at the Oracul. If you are heading to the region – check it out. It will be one to talk about when you get home.

Casino Details

  • 25 gaming tables
  • 494 slots and gaming machines
  • Poker room and lively tournament schedule
  • Food available
  • Passport ID required
  • Minimum age 18
  • No dress code but must be smart and no pets or weapons

Nearby Hotels

  • There are 10 business class rooms available at the casino
  • The Glafirovka Land Hotel Complex
  • Shambala – neighbouring casino with rooms
  • Babylon Hotel in Yeysk
  • Verona (Yeysk)
  • Uyut Hotel (Yeysk)

Nearby Attractions

  • Red Street in Krasnodar
  • Monument to Catherine the Great (Krasnador)
  • The Solnechny Ostrov (Sunny Island) Park
  • The Museum of Military Hardware – fun for all the family
  • Pushkin Street in Rostov-on-Don
  • The Sea of Azov

Transport Information

There are free bus transfers to the casino from the following cities: Yeisk, Krasnodar, and Rostov-on-Don. The nearest airport is in Rostov-on-Don – a three hour drive away.

Casino Contact Information

Address: Azov-City Gambling Zone, Shcherbinovsky Area, Krasnodar Region
Telephone: 8 800 1006 106
Email: Use website form