fbpx “You have an incredible opportunity,” - Michael Boettcher, founder of Storm International, on the Ukrainian gambling market | Gamingpost.net
captainslot.consulting

“You have an incredible opportunity,” - Michael Boettcher, founder of Storm International, on the Ukrainian gambling market


Storm International founder Michael Boettcher made a presentation at the Gaming Industry exhibition. There he told about the history of the company and work in Georgia. Michael Boettcher believes that Ukraine has an ideal geographic location, and it could become an excellent resort for gamblers. Michael Boettcher spoke exclusively to Gamingpost.net about the problems the Ukrainian gambling market has, as well as the results of the Shangri La casino in Kyiv.
  • Interview
  • 2021-06-14 14:45:08
  • 291

What problems do you see in the gambling business in Ukraine?

There are not many problems for the market. Initially, a law was passed according to which casinos can only be opened in five-star hotels in Kyiv, as well as in four-star hotels outside Kyiv. This is very smart because you are restricting gambling. You don't need everyone to gamble. It is important that people who like to play and who are ready to come from other countries for this purpose play. The geographic location of Ukraine is ideal for this. In general, taxes are also reasonable, this is a necessary part of the business, we understand this. You have a casino license, and then there are table and slot machine fees, there is also income tax, and GGR tax, which is probably high now. But several potentially problematic edits are being discussed in the government. One of them is the tax on winnings. If it is introduced, it will mean the end of the gaming industry in Ukraine. And if not the end, then a complete loss of the potential of the Ukrainian market for international players. Then gambling will go underground again. Nobody wants to play in a casino that has to pay 19.5% for whatever you win. This is ridiculous. What happens if the player loses, will the government give him 19.5% of everything that he loses? Of course not. Therefore, the tax on winnings is unfair. And one more ridiculous change: you can only bring in UAH 50,000 per person per day in a casino. If you want to receive a lot of taxes from the casino, then the casinos must make enough money to pay the high taxes. If you are not going to allow people to bring money to the casino, then the establishments will not be able to pay high taxes, besides, casinos simply will not survive, they will not be profitable. You have an excellent opportunity to develop your business and make Kyiv a resort for the whole of Europe and the Middle East. Just look at Ukraine on a map and you will see that it is the central place in the world. In the west, there are the resorts of the United States - in the east - China, and right in the middle - Ukraine. You have an incredible opportunity.

You said that you closed your casino in Riga. Was it due to tax on winnings?

Yes, I closed my casino in Riga precisely because of the tax on winnings. You tell people, "Congratulations, you won $100." Now give me back $20. What? The players said: We will not return here again. You are crazy? No, we are not crazy. But, unfortunately, the government insists that we should do just that. And so the business cannot exist.

The Shangri La casino has been operating in Kyiv for a month now. Share the first results of your work.

We are all very happy with how it all started. Let's see, because in any business you need to look at the numbers. Hopefully, there will be enough money that we can pay in taxes. We didn't expect to make a profit in the first month of operation. It is too early to say, several months should pass. And then hopefully we'll be profitable. Of course, I would not like it to turn out so that we become profitable and give all the money to the government, as is the case in Europe. It is impossible to make money on gambling in the EU.

You are one of the first operators on the legal Ukrainian gambling market. What are your emotions from the fact that you are the first?

It's great to be the first, of course. But we are taking great risks. But I believe, I believe in the market, I believe in the legislature too. I have talked to some people who understand us. And if they can convince their colleagues that it is wise to listen to people who are going to bring you money, then Ukraine will have a fantastic opportunity.

So, do you believe in our government?

I don't believe in any government. Sorry. I believe that there are people who listen to me. I know that there is, because I talked to them, and it inspires me. Now they have to convince other people. I do not like to change the opinion of government officials, because they do not want to be wrong. But everyone learns from their mistakes. You don't learn just by insisting that you are right and everyone else is wrong because this is how ships sink. "No, no, nothing bad is happening. There is nothing bad". And then boom and it's over. You must listen to the industry you are trying to regulate.

Interview especially for Gamingpost.net.

 

Read other exclusive interviews at Gamingpost.net:

“We want to focus on social responsibility”, - Viktoria Zakrevska about the Gambling Association of Ukraine

Billionaire Casino Opening: Exclusive Review From Gamingpost.net

Exhibition "Gaming Industry": feedback from participants

YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION
"Approval of a tax law is vital" - Igor Makievsky on Bill 2713-d, taxes on winnings and gambling income Interview

"Approval of a tax law is vital" - Igor Makievsky on Bill 2713-d, taxes on winnings and gambling income

The Verkhovna Rada voted for bill 2713-d in the first reading. Now the document is awaiting a vote in the second reading in the fall. Why is the bill vital to the industry? How do licensed casinos work without regulated taxes? And why has the demand for slot machines dropped? Igor Makievsky, head of the All-Ukrainian Association of Employers in the Leisure and Entertainment Industry, answered these questions, especially for Gamingpost.net.

  • 2021-07-20 10:47:14
  • 207
Association GC-UA: interviews with founders Interview

Association GC-UA: interviews with founders

The gambling association "GC-UA" has appeared in Ukraine. There are already more than 10 participants in it. Experts in the field of gambling business, as well as companies and market operators can join the association. What is the main goal of the association and how does it differ from other associations in the Ukrainian market? Gamingpost.net found out from the founders of the association - representatives of the companies "SiGMA" and "ETERNA LAW".

  • 2021-06-25 10:57:27
  • 168
“You have an incredible opportunity,” - Michael Boettcher, founder of Storm International, on the Ukrainian gambling market Interview

“You have an incredible opportunity,” - Michael Boettcher, founder of Storm International, on the Ukrainian gambling market

Storm International founder Michael Boettcher made a presentation at the Gaming Industry exhibition. There he told about the history of the company and work in Georgia. Michael Boettcher believes that Ukraine has an ideal geographic location, and it could become an excellent resort for gamblers. Michael Boettcher spoke exclusively to Gamingpost.net about the problems the Ukrainian gambling market has, as well as the results of the Shangri La casino in Kyiv.

  • 2021-06-14 14:45:08
  • 291
“We want to focus on social responsibility”, - Viktoria Zakrevska about the Gambling Association of Ukraine Interview

“We want to focus on social responsibility”, - Viktoria Zakrevska about the Gambling Association of Ukraine

The founder of the Ukrainian Gambling Council Anton Kuchukhidze resigned from the post of the head of the Gambling Association of Ukraine. Today he introduced the new head of the Association - Victoria Zakrevskaya. In an interview with Gamingpost, Victoria told why she headed the GAU and what the Association will do under her leadership.

  • 2021-06-02 09:25:14
  • 378
"There is a paradoxical situation in Ukraine" - Ganna Buiadzhy on the gambling market Interview

"There is a paradoxical situation in Ukraine" - Ganna Buiadzhy on the gambling market

Honored Lawyer of Ukraine Ganna Buiadzhy in an interview for Gamingpost.net told how to solve the problems of the gambling market in Ukraine.

  • 2021-05-10 10:58:04
  • 341
"The only way is to expand the list," - Artem Kuzmenko on the certification of gambling equipment Interview

"The only way is to expand the list," - Artem Kuzmenko on the certification of gambling equipment

On Monday, KRAIL acepted a list of companies that can certify gambling equipment. It included 5 companies. Artem Kuzmenko, a lawyer and partner of ETERNA LAW, spoke specifically for Gamingpost.net about why this can become a problem, what to do for operators who have already received certificates from other companies, and whether such a list is needed at all.

  • 2021-04-27 15:20:39
  • 377
More contents