Efforts to turn the Primorsky Krai region in the far east of Russia into a gambling zone have hit a snag with three of the province’s four planned casinos currently behind schedule to open.

According to a report from CalvinAyre.com, this week saw the province’s governor, Vladimir Miklushevsky, tour the area 36 miles north of the centre of Vladivostok where the casinos are being built in the company of Deputy Prime Minster Yuri Trutnev.

Although the pair was able to enjoy the Tigre De Cristal casino, which opened in October offering 769 slots and 67 gaming tables, they were allegedly told by operator by G1 Entertainment that construction on the property’s second phase would now not start until next spring, some three months later than originally planned.

Similarly, NagaCorp reportedly informed Miklushevsky and Trutnev that construction of its $350 million Seaside Entertainment Resorts City has been delayed after workers unearthed some archaeological finds. The Cambodian casino operator had originally targeted an opening date “not later than 2018” but is now committing only to begin operations before the end of 2018.

The duo was also informed that the $900 million Selena World Resort And Casino from domestic operator Diamond Fortune Holdings is also behind schedule with the first of its three planned phases now not planned to open until sometime in 2018.

Finally, the $215 million Phoenix resort casino from Kazan-based Royal Time Group was also planned for 2017 with local media now refusing to offer updates on the 1,500-room project’s expected opening date.

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