Worldwide gambling - Gambling in Greece

23 May 2018

For most of us, Greece is associated with ancient myths, gods, tourism and good vacation. But very few people paid attention to the possibility not just to spend a holiday, basking on the beach, but to play, for example, in local casinos.

The difficult economic situation in the country has caused the rapid evolution of the gambling industry in recent years. The number of gambling houses has grown significantly. Currently, the casinos of Greece tend to provide an influx of visitors throughout the year. Gambling establishments are located in the territory of large hotels, being an integral part of them or as a part of resort zones. In addition to the game process for the clients of the casino, luxury apartments, various show programs and additional services are available.

The main emphasis, of course, is on foreign visitors. It should be noted that Greeks are also quite a gamblers. A special place in the local culture - card games, and there is a lot card clubs in Greece. But these are separate clubs, not casinos.

A bit of history
Gambling in Greece has an ancient history. The Greeks believed that they appeared by the will of the gods. Gambling is mentioned not only in ancient myths and legends, but also in descriptions of real historical events. So, in the Odyssey of Homer, there is an episode when Palamedeye entertained boredom in anticipation of the storming of Troy soldiers with dice. And the Queen of Parisis was also a passionate fan of dice.

By the way, the game of dice was brought to Greece from the Asian continent. Dices was favorite game for both rich and poor people. In ancient Greece there were even specially organized places in which you could play dice. They became the prototypes of the first gambling establishments. However, the attitude of the authorities to this entertainment was negative. It was believed that the hobby of playing with dice could negatively affect the foundations of the country and morally corrupt the population.

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Legal basis

At the moment in Greece very much attention is paid to the creation of attractive conditions for the organization of tours among amateurs of this entertainment. The gambling market is controlled through an official state regulator in the face of the gambling commission. Its competence includes issuing licenses and supervisory functions.

Strict treatment of gambling in the country has survived even now. The government is concerned that the number of people suffering from gambling addiction increases, and takes all measures to end this as fast as possible. Therefore, if you want to try your luck while staying in Greece, you can do it only in the casino. Any bets taken outside gambling institutions will be considered illegal, and participants will be criminally liable.

Since 2002, the Greek government has been trying to bring order to the gambling industry. That is why any electronic games in public places were banned. And only after almost 10 years this ban was lifted. Now it's mandatory to have a "player card" that allows you to visit casino legally. Young citizens who are not yet 21 years old can not participate in any kind of gambling games.

Gambling in Greece today

The first modern casino in Greece appeared in the beginning of the last century. And it was situated in the territory of Loutraki, the most popular spa center. Now there is nine gambling houses around the country. The first licenses were issued to only three casinos - Mont Parnes, Korfu and Rodos. The lack of a monopoly on gambling in Greece and the fact that gambling institutions are owned by various operators, is explained by the single requirement of the European Commission on gambling for all EU member countries.

The Mont Parnes casino and Thessaloniki (Hyatt Regency Casino), currently, these two are the most successful of all Greek casinos. Other three large casinos located on the islands of Syros, Corfu, Rhodes. There is also few smaller casinos on the Greece mainland.

In the near future, government of the country intends to implement ambitious plans for the further development of the gambling industry. The necessary amendments to the laws have already been prepared, and although it will be necessary to purchase a license to open a casino, this fact will not hamper its launch.

By the way, it is likely that the first gambling establishment will open in the Turkish part of Greece. Until recently, the local Orthodox Church was categorically against it, but the difficult economic situation did its job and the decision to open the casino was eventually made. This will create new jobs for the population.

After the bill is approved, the Greek government intends to create a separate resort dedicated exclusively to gambling. The territory of resort will have three gambling zones. In addition to the casino itself, it is also planned to build a well-developed infrastructure that allows an unforgettable time in the casino at an affordable price.

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