Greek Court: Gambling Monopoly is Legal

On Tuesday a Greek court ruled that the country's state run gambling monopoly OPAP is legal, dealing a serious blow to betting operators who were attempting to enter the country's market.

The ruling came from Greece's Council of State, which heard a case brought on by William Hill, SportingBet, and StanleyBet, who have challenged the monopoly for the past ten years. The betting operators had previously challenged OPAP's legality based on European Union law. That stance was backed up by the Court of Justice for the European Union, who said that OPAP is illegal but could be justified if consumer protection actions were implemented.

The Greek court ruled that the monopoly is indeed legal, as the country brought in reforms a few years back that help protect Greek punters from illegal online betting activity.

Because of the ruling OPAP will likely be the primary player in Greece for years to come, although it appears that betting operators will continue to press on their fight in an effort to enter the market.

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