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Betting in Sofia

Published on: 08/08/2016

Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia, also happens to be the country’s biggest urbanization with a population of approximately 1.26 million citizens. Sofia is situated on the foothills of Mount Vitosha and has been inhabited by humans since at least 7000 BCE. Historical records indicate that a Celtic tribe settled in the Sofia Valley in the 5th century BCE. The small town, surrounded by mountains was announced as Bulgaria’s capital in 1879.

Currently, Sofia is ranked as the 15th biggest city within the European Union and its GDP per capita surpasses that of the EU average. Sofia is a very popular holiday location, as are Bulgaria’s mountain and coastal areas. Sofia is famous for its many natural thermal and mineral springs. The majority of Bulgaria’s businesses, cultural institutions and top university’s are in the capital. Of special note, is the hugely impressive 19th century Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Sofia’s central neighbourhood is known as Oborishte. Here visitors will come across important landmarks and administrative buildings. The city’s architecture is primarily Viennese and Renaissance, flourished with yellow cobblestone streets and leafy green zones. The Vazrazhdane neighbourhood is occupied by numerous banks and trade centres, the central market hall, St. Nedelya Church and the Maria Luiza Boulevard.

Based in Sofia, the entertainment company known as Eldorado have something of a monopoly on the city’s gambling scene. Within a single decade the Eldorado group managed to establish gambling venues in twelve Bulgarian cities, including seven venues under the Casino Club Eldorado brand in Sofia. All of the company’s properties offer round-the-clock gambling opportunities with anything from 12 to 40 games machines as well as Electronic Roulette.

Sofia is also home to the Eldorado group’s sister brand known as “Palms Casino”. Venues found on Pushkin, Madrid and Metodi Popov streets typically provide anywhere from 17 to 60 games machines, and are open for play 24/7, as is the Mladost Branch located on Malinov Avenue.

Right in the city centre on Todor Alexandrox , The Hotel Anel is host to a fifth Casino Palms venue, it offers 26 games machines, Electronic Blackjack plus Roulette. Free coffee and free Wi-Fi are available along with a choice of cocktail bars. Casino City is a smaller company specializing in slots. They operate venues on Hristo Smirnenski Bouñevard, Goce Delchev Boulevard and Boris Hristov Street. Branches of Casino Milennium can be found on Makgahan Street, Zlatovruh Street and Knjagina Klementina Street. There are many other smaller independently-run slot halls throughout Sofia, for example Casino Columbia, Casino Neon Lights and Casino Venice.

Generally speaking, the very big casinos are usually affiliated with hotels. The Casino Rila is housed within the Hotel Rila and features 55 games machines and a dozen games tables. The Capitol Casino is located inside the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel and offers 83 games machines and 16 gaming tables. The Casino Hawaii is hosed within the Hemus Hotel and has 71 games machines and six table games open for play round-the-clock.

From Istanbul, the Princess Entertainment Group have associations with Sofia’s hotels. For example, the Rodina Princess Casino can be found within the city’s 537-room Rodina Hotel. Then there is the Sofia Princess Casino attached to the 601-room Dedeman Princess Sofia Hotel. Both venues feature slots and table games such as Poker, Roulette and Blackjack. Likewise, the Viva Group’s Viva! Inside the Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan offers a vast gaming area of more than 75 games machines and nine games tables.

Germany’s giant entertainment company known as Gauselmann Group also have a presence in Sofia. Their Merkur Casino Brand is located on the Botevgradsko Boulevard. The venue features slots and Electronic Roulette and is available for play round-the-clock.