Operating with only a fragile majority, Greece's Syriza government is nevertheless pushing forward in 2019 with long-awaited plans to restructure and overhaul the country’s land-based and online gambling legislation.

As it seeks to end an uneasy period of temporary online licensing that has existed since 2011, the government is proposing to secure significant revenues from the sale of new licences and from taxation, although the limited scope of the new licences is proving controversial.

The much-delayed sale of the Hellenikon Integrated Resort project in central Athens should see a request for proposal (RFP) process begin this year as the government solicits interests from international investors.

With the rollout of the country’s new VLT sector now largely completed, in the land-based market a restructuring and relicensing of the country’s ailing casino sector is continuing following unexpected and welcome tax cuts last year. 

See below for GamblingCompliance's coverage of the Greek market.

Insight & Analysis

Nineteen applications, including four from new entrants, are being scrutinised ahead of a December launch date of the new online market, according to the chairman of the Hellenic Gaming Commission, while betting giant OPAP has confirmed its online sites will operate within the new regime's tax...

US casino operator Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has been confirmed as the preferred bidder and contractor to build an integrated resort...

Greece's betting and lottery giant OPAP could see its effective tax rate drop sharply this week, as its extended concession contract is...

Regulatory Research

Temporary licence holders who had submitted their formal licence applications before the March 31, 2020 deadline are still allowed to...
Online gambling reforms are among the Greek government's latest proposals to jumpstart economic growth, but clear data on the market is...

Data

Latest Annual Report data from the Hellenic Gaming Commission of Greece. The data released for the country contains the following information: Turnover & GGR by regulated market segment, GGR & gaming...

Greece’s online gambling market boomed in 2018, swelling by more than a third, as it was buoyed by a profitable football World Cup and...