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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-08-11

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Illegal gambling exceeds 5 bln euros

  • [01] Illegal gambling exceeds 5 bln euros

    ANA-MPa/The turnover in illegal gambling in Greece is approximately equal to that of the legal turnover of the state-run lottery organisation OPAP S.A., but given the upward trend of the former, it is a certainty that the turnover of the illegal betting will increase disproportionately, according to market organisations.

    The annual online betting turnover in Greece is estimated at 4-4.5 billion euros, according to the same sources, while another 0.5-1.0 billion euros turnover is estimated for gaming machines, which are attracting an increasing number of younger players, including minors.

    According to a nationwide survey conducted by ALCO on behalf of OPAP between 8 and 15 July this year, some 4 in 10 men (43 percent) and 3 in 10 women (32 percent) aged 18-60 play OPAP lotteries and pools, the most popular of which are the numbers lotteries Joker, Lotto and Kino, and the sport pool Pame Stoichima.

    Thirty-five (35) percent of the respondents said that they systematically chase their luck in gaming other than the OPAP lotteries (24.1 percent in lottery tickets, 1.9 percent in casinos and 0.6 percent in horse races, and just 7 percent on the internet and 1 percent in gaming machines).

    Although, in numbers, OPAP products come first in players' preferences, the fewer who engage in other, non-OPAP, betting and gaming play more frequently (2-4 times more), resulting in a higher weekly expenditure than for OPAP games, while online gamers also play four times more frequently than OPAP players and gaming machine players just a little under the online gamers.


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