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Greece – OPAP under fire from Mont Parnes

By - 20 May 2014

In the wake of accusations by numerous Internet betting sites that the Greek state favours the OPAP gaming company, the Mont Parnes Casino near Athens has filed a complaint with the European Commission against the government for allowing smoking by punters at OPAP betting shops with video lottery terminals (VLTs).

Mont Parnes Casino stated that a smoking allowance provides a great advantage to OPAP VLTs gaming venues, since OPAP is the sole VLT operating license holder. It is also underlined that smoking in public places is so commonplace in Greece, that gaming venues profits are far greater where smoking is allowed. To support its argument, Mont Parnes cites international surveys on smoking bans as well as statements by OPAP itself, which claimed its revenues for 2009 were seriously damaged due to the smoking ban.

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