Lichtenstein Opens Plaza Casino Lichtenstein in Shan

The casino will be set up on the smaller side with a floor area of 400 square meters and will offer six table games such as American Roulette, Blackjack, and Texas Hold’M and 90 slot machines.

In addition, it will be managed by BestWinAG and Tobias Axel, the previous managing director of Schaan’s Maximus casino, which is now closed.

Since 2010, gambling in Liechtenstein has become legal, opening five casinos over the past few years to meet the main goal of attracting gamblers from neighboring countries, but recently, after 96 casinos closed at Balzers and Casino Maximus in Schaan, the total number of casinos experienced a sharp decline from six to four.

However, the opening of Castle Casino in Baduz last week and the now announced opening of Lichtenstein’s Plaza Casino in Shan will bring the number of casinos in Lichtenstein back to six.

But the seventh casino, Eshen’s LC Casino, is expected to open soon as it receives formal permission from the Economic Administration.

Despite casinos being one of the most lucrative facilities for the state’s gaming and non-gaming revenue, there were and still are many who opposed the idea of casinos in Liechtenstein.

Hans-Jorg Frick, a former politician and founder of IG Volkswagen Meinung, an organization that opposes casinos, said, “Lichtenstein doesn’t need casinos and the money they bring. We don’t want to be involved with them.”

In a related development, Christian Promelt, director of the Liechtenstein Institute, an independent think tank, said, “Casinos are likely to remain a divisive issue. It is rare for such a big debate to take place in Liechtenstein and for the issue to be politicized like this.

“Casinos competed with the conservative values of the countryside rooted in Catholicism and the liberal economic values that made Liechtenstein one of the world’s leading financial centers. Casinos create a conflict between these two worlds.”

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