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(Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics)
Address: Kifisou 62 Av. GR-121 32 Peristeri, Athens
Postal/Postboks Address: As above
E-mail Address:
Phone: + 0030 210 5798800
Fax: + 0030 210 5798342
Population: 11,280,000 (2012 census)
Chairman and CEO: Mr. Kamil Ziegler
Year Lottery Founded: 1959
Sales FY 2013: €3,711.1 million euro
# Group Employees: 913
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Internet Gaming System: N/A
Instant Ticket Vendor: N/A
Games Offered: Lotto 6/49, Toto, TotoGoal, Joker 5/45 and 1/20, Proto, Extra5, Super3, Kino, Instant Games, Sports Betting and online games.
Beneficiaries: Health, Education, Sport and Culture.
Jurisdiction: Greece


News Archive for CY2015
December 1, 2015 OPAP Betting Agencies Stage a Walk-Out in Protest of the Government’s Plans for a Gambling Tax
November 26, 2015 OPAP Plan Legal Action Against Freezing of Video Lottery Plan
November 24, 2015 OPAP Experiences 8.5 Percent Drop in 3Q Net Profit
November 20, 2015 OPAP Reacts to Government Decision to Impose Extra Tax Charge on Lottery Games
November 18, 2015 Gambling Tax Will Impact Lottery Sales
November 17, 2015 OPAP Faces Tax on Wagers
September 10, 2015 International Certification of OPAP by the World Lottery Association for Responsible Gaming
August 28, 2015 OPAP Urges Action on Video Lottery Decisions
August 28, 2015 Greece's OPAP Q2 Core Profit Jumps on New Games
July 30, 2015 OPAP Cyprus Displays Commitment to be Socially Engaged
July 3, 2015 OPAP Delays planned launch of its Video Lottery Terminals
April 17, 2015 Greece Starts Assets Sales with Horse Racing Gambling Licence
April 15, 2015 Inspired To Provide 3,960 VLTS to OPAP
April 15, 2015 Shareholder Confident in Greek Betting firm OPAP
April 2, 2015 OPAP ANNOUNCEMENT - VLT Sub-concessionaire Expression of Interest
April 2, 2015 OPAP ANNOUNCEMENT - VLT Sub-concessionaire Expression of Interest
March 30, 2015 Greece Rolls Out Reform Proposals
March 30, 2015 Calls for End to OPAP Monopoly
March 30, 2015 Greece's OPAP 2014 Profit Jumps on New Games, Cost Cuts
March 26, 2015 Sale of Horse Betting Licence to OPAP to Go Ahead
February 18, 2015 OPAP Predicts net revenues between 800 million and 1 billion euros from VLTS
February 18, 2015 Greek Gaming Company Planning 660 Video Lottery Terminals
February 16, 2015 OPAP Moves Ahead with Creation of ‘Play’ Network Gaming Halls

News Archive for CY2014
November 27, 2014 OPAP Delays Launch of Video Lottery Terminals
November 25, 2014 Greek Betting Firm OPAP'S Q3 profit rise 26 pct, Meets Forecasts
October 8, 2014 Hellenic Gaming Commission set to ban all phone-in games of chance
October 1, 2014 INTRALOT Requests Administrative Court to Block OPAP Sale
October 1, 2014 Greek court says OPAP's betting monopoly is legal
Sept 23, 2014 OPAP wins Greece's Horse Race Betting Licence
Sept 18, 2014 OPAP and INTRALOT Submit Bid for 20 Year Licence
August 27, 2014 OPAP Proceeds with acquisition of Payzone Hellas SA 
August 29, 2014 OPAP to Partner in 40 Million Euro Bid
August 27, 2014 OPAP Investment signs preliminary agreement to acquire Payzone Hellas
August 27, 2014 Tax Audit Conclusion for Fiscal Year 2010
August 25, 2014 OPAP Results to be impacted by retroactive tax
June 30, 2014 OPAP Announce Management Changes
June 16, 2014 OPAP Predicts Poor Result in World Cup to Impact Bet Takings
June 3, 2014 OPAP Launches Online Sports Book Offering
May 27, 2014 OPAP’s Q1 Profit Beats Forecasts
May 27, 2014 Rise in Sports Betting and Cost Cutting Yields Higher Than Expected Profits
May 22, 2014 OPAP Plans to Launch Its Flagship Sports Betting Game for Start of World Cup in Brazil
May 22, 2014 OPAP General Meeting Approve Eleven Topics
May 19, 2014 Eurobank Equities Forecast Good Beginning of the Year for OPAP
May 15, 2014 European Commission Receives Complaint Concerning Greek Government’s Alleged Favouritism of OPAP’s VLT Venues
May 7, 2014 Instant Lottery returns to the Greek Market
May 5, 2014 OPAP Announce New Organizational Structure
April 11, 2014 Brussels Adamant on State Subsidy Issues
April 2, 2014 OPAP Announce Management Objectives for 2014
April 2, 2014 INTRALOT Achieves Isae 3402 Yearly Assurance for Its Operations At OPAP
March 31, 2014 New Tax Hits Greek Betting Firm OPAP's 2013 profit
March 17, 2014 OPAP Sponsors Team to 20th Marathon Anniversary
March 17, 2014 Troika-Proposed Taxation will Push Players to Illegal Gambling Options
February 5, 2014 OPAP hears from Representatives of VLT Manufacturers in Preparation for Tender
February 4, 2014 Privatization of OPAP comes under Scrutiny

News Archive for CY2013
November 21, 2013 OPAP Figures see Slight Rise
November 21, 2013 OPAP Management Plan to Push back Launch of Games
October 11, 2013 Kamil Ziegler, former CEO of Czech national lottery operator SAZKA, Appointed as the chairman and CEO of OPAP
October 11, 2013 Audit Committee Member Replacement
October 11, 2013 OPAP Privatization Completed
October 2, 2013 Emma Delta Completes Bond Issue
October 1, 2013 Emma Delta sells 400 mln euro bonds to fund OPAP purchase
September 25, 2013 Buyer of Greece's OPAP, Emma Delta, to Offer Secured Notes
September 19, 2013 Emma Delta Looks to Tap Bond Markets
September 19, 2013 OPAP Looks to Offer Games on the Internet
September 18, 2013 OPAP Looks Ahead Through the Lobby of Emma Delta
August 29, 2013 OPAP Reports 73.9-Percent Drop In Net Profits
August 29, 2013 List of Most Profitable Enterprises Headed by OPAP
August 19, 2013 Greece faces Lengthy Legal Challenges as Online Companies Depart Greek Shores
August 19, 2013 Privatization Agency Chief Defends his Decision
August 18, 2013 Head of Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund Resigns
August 6, 2013 Terms of Recent Privatization Still Rumored To Be Contentious Issue
August 5, 2013 Greek Org of Football Prognostics S.A: Amendment of the INTRALOT – OPAP Agreement
August 5, 2013 RGA calls for Commissioner Barnier to Act
July 30, 2013 Scientific Games Announces its Consortium Signs the Greek State Lotteries' Concession Agreement
July 31, 2013 Greek Government Issues Banned Online Gambling Blacklist
July 30, 2013 Greek Privatization Deal Signed and Delivered
July 31, 2013 RGA Challenges Greek Threat to Interim Gambling Licensees
July 26, 2013 New Contracts Improve Intralot’s Outlook
July 26, 2013 INTRALOT: 12-Year Concession for The Hellenic State Lotteries In Greece
July 28, 2013 OPAP Contracts to be Signed on Tuesday
July 18, 2013 Emma Delta Respond to Media Inaccuracies
July 4, 2013 INTRALOT Signs 5-Year IT Contract with OPAP
July 4, 2013 Betfair and Hills Apply To Run Greek Monopoly
July 4, 2013 International Gambling Companies Apply For Greek Online Monopoly Rights
July 4, 2013 OPAP Deal Moves Forward
June 26, 2013 OPAP Under Pressure from Emma Delta
June 26, 2013 Deadlock Remains on OPAP Deal
June 26, 2013 Consortium Urged To Sign State Lotteries Deal
June 18, 2013 TAIPED Expected to Sign Lottery Privatization Contract
June 16, 2013 Sale of OPAP Meets Objections from Management Body
June 4, 2013 Bank Losses Offset by OPAP Rise
May 28, 2013 Eurobank Equities raises target price for OPAP
May 23, 2013 OPAP Posts Lowest Profit In Ten Years
May 18, 2013 Analysts Describes Sale of Gambling Monopoly as a Gift Rather than a Sale
May 2, 2013 Shares Fall Upon Acceptance of Final Bid
May 2, 2013 Lottomatica takes Minority Stake in OPAP
May 2, 2013 Greece Accepts Revised Offer for OPAP
April 30, 2013 Officials Meet to Negotiate Offer on Gaming Monopoly
April 25, 2013 OPAP Shares fall After Request for Increase in Offer
April 25, 2013 Privatisation Agency Extends Time for OPAP Bid
April 23, 2013 Only Suitor for Greek Monopoly Says Offer is Fair and Open
April 23, 2013 Greco-Czech Consortium Asked to Improve on Bid
April 22, 2013 Greek-Czech Investment Fund Lays Out Offer for OPAP
April 22, 2013 OPAP Offers to be Unveiled, Eyes Will Be on Price
April 19, 2013 INTRALOT Not A Party to OPAP Bidding
April 17, 2013 Deadline Expires for Bids on OPAP Privatization
April 10, 2013 OPAP's Technological Support Contract Draws Attention of European Commission
April 8, 2013 OPAP Approves INTRALOT Contract
April 6, 2013 OPAP Gets Shareholder Approval for Disputed IT Deal
March 26, 2013 OPAP Sale at Risk of Legal Challenge
March 21, 2013 New Game Rules Provide for a Near-Absolute Monopoly for OPAP Until 2020
March 20, 2013 OPAP Says Renewed IT Deal with INTRALOT Represents Significant Savings
March 19, 2013 Citi Upgrades Target Price for OPAP to €6.80
March 13, 2013 The Two-Year Anniversary of OPAP TV
March 11, 2013 An Online Gambling Monopoly Would Breach EU Law
March 7, 2013 Betting Monopoly OPAP 2012 Profit Down 6 Pct
March 5, 2013 Firm Offer for OPAP Expected
March 4, 2013 OPAP Renews INTRALOT Contract Ahead of Sale
February 22, 2013 OPAP sees 2013 Net Profit Decline by More Than Two Thirds
February 20, 2013 OPAP Management Presentations to Investors Starting Today
February 20, 2013 Goldman Sachs Raise Target Price for OPAP to €7.5
February 11, 2013 Greece Increases the Rate of Tax Applicable to Lottery Prizes
February 7, 2013 Greek Gambling Monopoly OPAP Attracts Value Investors
February 4, 2013) OPAP's Video Lottery Terminal License Valid for Ten Years
February 4, 2013) OPAP Players' Winnings to be Taxed Progressively
Janaury 29, 2013 U.S. Hedge Fund Builds Stake in Greek Gambling Monopoly OPAP
Janaury 29, 2013 Greek Enforcement Measures "Unworkable and Illegal"
January 24, 2013 CJEU: Greek Gambling Monopoly Violates EU Law
January 24, 2013 RGA: OPAP’s Exclusive Rights Breach EU Law
January 24, 2013 Court Virtually Rejects Greek Law
January 22, 2013 OPAP Valuation Soars on Accelerated Privatization Plans
January 22, 2013 OPAP Rises on Greek Plans for Faster Asset Sales
January 21, 2013 Remote Gambling Industry Puts Greek Government on Notice

News Archive for CY2012
December 18, 2012 EU Commission, Industry Groups and Operators Decry Greek’s Plan to Extend OPAP’s Gambling Monopoly Online
December 14, 2012 Parliament Approves Tax on OPAP Lottery Winnings
December 12, 2012 Scientific Games Announce Its Consortium Selected for the Greek State Lotteries' Concession
December 10, 2012 Greek Gambling Plan Branded ‘A Disgrace
December 10, 2012 TAIPED Rejects Lottery License Bid, Asks For New Offer
December 10, 2012 Greece Requests Higher Bid for State Lottery
December 9, 2012 State Expects €700 - €800 Million From the Sale of State Lotteries
December 6, 2012 Panhellenic Federation of Tourist Agents: Letter to Minister of Finance for Tax on Games of OPAP
November 30, 2012 OPAP S.A. Announcement to the Investment Community Concerning Technical Bid for the State Lotteries
November 30, 2012 OPAP Submits Only Bid in Greek Lotteries Privatisation
November 29, 2012 EU Urged to Challenge Greek Gambling Legislation
November 28, 2012 RGA Warns Greek Privatisation Body of More Legal Challenges That May Affect the Sale of OPAP
November 28, 2012 Crisis: Greece, Privatizations Speed in Rush for Revenues
November 26, 2012 European Lottery Industry Operators Question the Uncertainty of OPAP Monopoly
November 20, 2012 New Tax-Framework Hits OPAP Profit
November 20, 2012 OPAP's 3Q Profit Weighed Down by Recession
November 19, 2012 Online Gaming Firms Urge EU to Take Action to Open Up Belgium and Greek Markets
November 14, 2012 EU Must Act Over Protectionist Rules
November 14, 2012 RGA To Challenge Greece’s Unfair and Unworkable Enforcement Regulations
November 13, 2012 Candidates in Line for Critical Phase to Control One of the Biggest European Lotteries
November 13, 2012 Greek Gambling Commission to Issue Black List
November 11, 2012 Eight Investors Eye Greece's Stake in OPAP- Privatization Agency
November 10, 2012 Greece Gets Chinese, Private Equity Interest for OPAP Sale
October 24, 2012 OPAP Dividend Announcement
October 23, 2012 OPAP Outlets Targeted Again in Criminal Attacks
October 19, 2012 OPAP Displays Significant Gain in Final Bourse Session
October 5, 2012 Transfer of a 4% Stake in OPAP from the Hellenic Republic to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (“HRADF”)
October 5, 2102 Three Parties to Make Financial Bids for Greek State Lotteries 12-Year Concession
October 7, 2012 Lottery Selloff Set For Completion By End-November
October 4, 2012 OPAP Announce Appointment of Three Member Supervisory Committee
October 4, 2012 Obstacles to OPAP's Privatization Diminishing, Commission Validates Exclusive Rights Granted To OPAP
October 3, 2012 OPAP Granted Extension for Betting Monopoly and Video Lottery Terminal License
October 2, 2012 RGA Maintains Pressure on Greek Government to Dismantle OPAP’s Monopoly
September 28, 2012 Greece Begins Sale of Gaming Monopoly
September 27, 2012 Greek Government to Sell Almost All of Its OPAP Stake to Get Privatizations on Track
September 20, 2012 Court of Justice of the European Union Advocate General Delivers Opinion on OPAP's Monopoly in Greece
September 25, 2012 Doan Holding - No Decision On Greek Lottery As Yet
September 24, 2012 Turkish Conglomerate Considers Participating In OPAP Tender
September 20, 2012 OPAP: Update On Taxation Of The Gaming Market
September 20, 2012 Four Groups Expected to Table Offers for OPAP
September 19, 2012 OPAP Posts Record Decline on Greek Tax Hikes: Athens Mover
September 19, 2012 Greece Agrees to Harmonise Tax on Gambling Winnings
September 20, 2012 CJEU: Advocate General Considers Greek Gambling Monopoly OPAP to be Contrary to EU Law
September 13, 2012 OPAP Provide Response to the Enquiry Made by the Capital Market Commission.
September 13, 2012 OPAP Drops Most in 11 Years on Higher Tax Report: Athens Mover
September 13, 2012 Pending Preparation Of Specifications, Candidates Ready Themselves To Bid On OPAP
September 12, 2012 Greece Prepares To Sell Shares In Lottery Firm OPAP
September 9, 2012 Government is Optimistic that the European Commission will Clarify the Legal Position that Exists with OPAP’s Monopoly Before The End Of The Month
September 6, 2012 Ministers Told Of lack Of Regulation For OPAP
September 6, 2012 OPAP SA - Greek Organisation Of Football Prognostics Election
September 6, 2012 Greece Repeals Law on State Control of Public Companies
September 2, 2012 Lottery Continues To See Decline In Sales, Attributed To GFC
August 23, 2012 OPAP Profit Up 18 pct, Above Forecasts
August 12, 2012 Greek Prime Minister Pushes Bill To Speed Up State Asset Sales
August 6, 2012 There Are Privatizations More Mature Than OPAP, Says Greek Official
July 31, 2012 Government to Focus on OPAP and Postbank Privatisations
July 31, 2012 Government Appoints New President and Chief Executive of State-Controlled Betting Firm OPAP
July 28, 2012 OPAP Agency Attacked By Grenade
July 29, 2012 Greece to Start OPAP Stake Sale Early September- Report
July 25, 2012 OPAP Announcement for Strategic Partner for Online Offering as Well as Central System Technology Supplier
July 23, 2012 Cyprus Police Swoop On Illegal Betting Outlets
July 13, 2012 OPAP Jumps Higher
July 11, 2012 Cars Belonging To OPAP Executive Set On Fire
July 11, 2012 Police Express Concern at New Gambling Legislation
July 11, 2012 Greece to Sell Only State Lottery, Building This Year
July 9, 2012 Cyrpus Passes Controversial Online Gambling Bill That Includes a Ban on Online Casinos and Exchange Betting
July 6, 2012 Provisions Of Gambling Law Make No Sense
July 5, 2012 OPAP Betting Shops Put Under Police Protection Pending Controversial Betting Bill Vote
June 28, 2012 OPAP May Renew INTRALOT Technology Contract, Imerisia Reports
June 27, 2012 Greek Government to Replace OPAP Head
June 25, 2012 OPAP Shares Take A Tumble as European Bourses Decline
June 21, 2012 Committee Concludes Discussion on Controversial Online Gambling Bill
June 14, 2012 The European Commission Delays Decision on the Compatibility of State Monopoly Until September
June 16, 2012 Two More Attacks on OPAP
June 14, 2012 House Will Not Be Deterred On Gambling Bill
June 13, 2012 Only State Lotteries Are Currently Ready For Sale
June 13, 2012 Minister Meets OPAP Officials
June 8, 2012 OPAP Declines 12,8% as the Stock Trades Without Its Dividend for 2011
June 7, 2012 OPAP Agents Sustain Spate of Arson Attacks
June 1st, 2012 OPAP S.A: Resolutions of the 12th Annual Ordinary General Meeting of June 1, 2012
May 17, 2012 OPAP S.A. Consolidated Financial Results for the Three Month Period Ended March 31
May 14, 2012 OPAP Agents Want 30% Commission on VLT Games, Imerisia Reports
May 7, 2012 OPAP Stock Takes A Tumble
May 1, 2012 OPAP Privatization Plan Facing Delays
May 2, 2012 OPAP Shares See Slight Rise
March 29, 2012 OPAP Shortlists Three Firms For Online Betting
March 27, 2012 Brussels Raises Obstacles To Sell-Offs
March 23, 2012 OPAP Says May Review 2011 Dividend Payout
March 20, 2012 OPAP Fourth-Quarter Profit Falls 21% as Kino Sales Decline
March 20, 2012 OPAP Sell-Off Next Week
March 12, 2012 Greece Seeks Binding Bids In State Lotteries Sale
February 16, 2012 State Asset Sales Program Besieged By Obstacles
February 1, 2012 Meeting on Privatization Talks Re Scheduled; Part of the Shares of OPAP, The National Lottery and 'Odie' Agency Will Be Transferred to Taiped
January 30, 2012 Greece Aims To Launch Tender For OPAP Stake in 1Q
January 28, 2012 Cash-Strapped Greek Clubs To Go On Strike, Football League Waiting on Funds From Its Sponsorship Deal with OPAP
January 11, 2012 Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund Advise the Tender for the Greek State Lotteries Proceeds to Phase II
January 11, 2012 Greece Shortlists Three Bidders for State Lotteries


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