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Mohegan Confirmed as Hellinikon Operator EMEA


Te Hellenic Gaming Commission has finally confirmed its selection of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment to develop Greece’s first Integrated Resort and Casino


Te resort recognises Greek affinity for the outdoors with all restaurants, bars, lounges, and nightclubs offerin both indoor and outdoor experiences.


GREECE NEW LICENCES


MONACO – The European Casino Association has postponed both its Industry Forum and the European Dealer Championship to 2021.


The planned events had already been moved from their original dates in April and June to October and November 2020 due to the pandemic, but with fears of a second wave looming and the impact of travelling restrictions throughout Europe increasing, the Board has decided to postpone both events until next year. The ECA strives for these events to be educational, stimulating, elevating and fun, and so they should be held in a good spirit and with all of its members participating. The ECA has confirmed that the European Dealer Championship will now take place from October 4-7 in Monte-Carlo (overlapping with the dates for G2E 2021).


CZECH REPUBLIC – Casinos in the Czech Republic were ordered to close once again in mid-October with the rate of infections continuing to rise. The closures will last for at least for 14 days. A curfew in restaurants has been brought forward to 8pm. The Grand Casino in Brno was the first casino to provide public information and also cancelled the Grand Masters planned from October 29 to November 1 and the Kako Cup, which would have run from November 13 to 14.


SWEDEN – Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has said that gambling did not increase in Sweden during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are signs that those who had previously shown problematic gambling also played more. This is shown by several studies that were presented by Svenska Spel's independent research council. Two studies highlighted by Filip Lindner, researcher at Karolinska Institutet, and Anders Håkansson, professor at Lund University, both addressed how gambling was affected during the first months of the pandemic, and the conclusion in both studies was largely the same - no increased gambling, but those who already have gambling problems also played more.


UK – BetConstruct has secured a combined remote operating licence for virtual sports from the UK Gambling Commission. The newly acquired licence allows for a number of combined activities enabling BetConstruct to deliver its eight virtual sport games to licensed operators under white label, turnkey or API solutions.


BetConstruct’s virtual sports portfolio includes Virtual Football Pro, Virtual Football League, Virtual Football Penalty Kicks, Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing, Virtual Bicycle, Marble Racing and Virtual Drag Racing. BetConstruct has announced it is in the process of securing further approvals for more of its products.


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Te Hellenic Gaming Commission has finally confirmed its selection of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) to develop the first Integrated Resort and Casino in Greece.


Te winning bid from MGE, submitted in partnership with GEK TERNA, proposes a state- of-the-art development plan, INSPIRE Athens, that includes a luxury hotel, premier entertainment venues, convention center, shopping, dining, casino, and a comprehensive mix of premium amenities.


Te landmark INSPIRE Athens IRC is expected to attract an influx of international tourists and provide a significant contribution to the pioneering Hellinikon Project that will redefine the modern identity of Greece.


"We are honoured to have been chosen by the Hellenic Gaming Commission and believe that as the first Integrated Resort and Casino experience in Greece, INSPIRE Athens will further solidify the City of Athens as one of Europe's most enticing and iconic destinations," said Mario Kontomerkos, Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment's President and CEO. "We recognise the importance of this transformative effort for Greece and are looking forward to


Betlive agrees 24/7 betting channel deal with SIS in Georgia


Georgia


SIS has secured an agreement with Betlive to deliver its 24/7 Live Betting Channel to the leading Georgia operator. Te 24/7 Live Betting Channel will feature a mix of leading horse and greyhound racing, interspersed with market- leading virtual racing, to provide Betlive with profitable short- form content throughout the day across online and retail, with a betting event taking place every three minutes.


Te company’s live 24/7 service will provide live pictures and data from over 30,000 horse races and 38,000 greyhound races. Premium exclusive live UK and Irish horse racing will be available, with international horse racing from Australia,


leading the charge for one of the most ambitious development projects ever undertaken in the country."


MGE's involvement in the Hellinikon Project will support Greece's local economy through the creation of more than 7,000 jobs in the region during and after construction, including direct, indirect, and induced employment. Te project is expected to contribute millions of euros annually to both the government and the people of Greece in the form of taxes, infrastructure improvement, and public services. Additionally, international tourism in the Attica region is expected to grow by at least 10 per cent, further emphasising MGE's dedication to enhancing the communities in which it operates worldwide.


With state-of-the-art meeting facilities that will reposition Athens as the preferred MICE destination, a multi-purpose indoor event space, and sprawling resort pools, INSPIRE Athens intends to marry world-class luxury hospitality and ceaseless entertainment in a way that's never before been seen in the south of Europe. Te development project is taking place at the site of the former Hellinikon International Airport in Athens and will follow the schedule set forth in the IRC proposal.


Dubai, Latin America, and Korea, as well as UK and Irish greyhound racing. SIS will distribute the channel to Betlive’s retail outlets as well as online, with the deal highlighting the global appeal of racing content in driving betting turnover in emerging territories.


Paul Witten, Commercial Director at SIS, said: “Tis is an important move for us as we continue to extend our international customer base, and it represents the first time that SIS has partnered with a Georgian operator.


Giorgi Khuroshvili, Head of Sportsbook at Betlive, said: “We are confident that SIS’s 24/7 Live Betting Channel will provide our customers with a premium betting experience, while helping us to increase our revenues thanks to a significant number of new betting opportunities throughout the day.”


France


Te mayor of Houlgate, a small tourist resort in northwestern France that lies along the English Channel, wants to move the town's casino from its historic 18th Century coastal building to a location further inland.


Mayor Olivier Colin said: “I want the casino to be transferred to a field near Pré Blandin. We're not married to the current operator, the Vikings group. A competitive tender will have to take place.”


Te current concession ends in 2025. Te mayor wants the seafront casino to be replaced with a cinema with two rooms, a restaurant and a lounge bar.


Te Houlgate casino generated gross gaming revenue of €5.870m in the 2018-2019 financial year, down 5.53 per cent, placing it 123rd out of 202 casinos.


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