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OPAP: Gov't plans to regulate online gaming 'a step in the right direction'

Greek government plans to regulate online gaming is "a step in the right direction," OPAP's chief executive officer said on Thursday.

OPAP, Europe's fifth largest firm in terms of revenues, holds the monopoly in internet gambling in Greece but hundreds of websites are also offering online gaming without a license.

ATHEX benchmark posts drop after system glitch

Greek stocks retreated on the Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX) on Wednesday, while turnover was particularly low following a technical glitch.

ATHEX trading was temporarily suspended from 12.45 to 1.40 p.m. due to a general technical problem that affected the price data feed subsystem.

The ATHEX general index ended at 758.04 points, down 0.43 percent from Tuesday's 761.29 points.

Public coffers swell thanks to legalized gambling via VLTs

The illegal turnover of offline gambling is in the process of turning legal. Last year alone gaming giant OPAP's turnover from games of chance on video lotto terminals (VLTs) came to 1 billion euros. This turnover has not come about through new players discovering slot machines but rather from the legalization of the existing illegal market.