Online Gamblers Get Caught Up in a Greek Tragedy
By Miriam H
Greece’s only official betting organisation OPAP, currently in a stand off with William Hill who are making a bid to enter the Greek market, have followed through on their promise to apprehend people who try to circumvent its services and bet directly with foreign gaming companies online, with the arrest of nine people in Arta, Western Greece, earlier this week, according to authorities and local press reports.

The nine suspects included the proprietors of three cafes, where illegal gambling was allegedly taking place. The cafes had been fitted with computers that operated programmes that connected users directly with an unnamed British betting company.

Police claimed the suspects directed customers to use the foreign site to wager on games that were readily available on the OPAP coupon.

“The only company with the right to operate betting in Greece is OPAP,” the firm’s president, Sotiris Kostakos, told reporters on Monday. “Some people are getting rich unlawfully while the Greek state haemorrhages.”

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