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OPAP strengthens its position in online sports-betting in Greece through the acquisition of Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot business

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OPAP S.A., (“OPAP”), SAZKA Group’s Greek and Cypriot subsidiary, has today announced (i) the receipt of regulatory approvals for its previously announced acquisition of 51% of Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot business (“SMGC”) and (ii) the acquisition (subject to regulatory approvals) of a further stake in SMGC as a result of which OPAP will have a total shareholding of 85% in and sole control of SMGC.

OPAP’s announcement and presentation can be found here.

Robert Chvatal, SAZKA Group CEO, commented: “Today’s announcement marks an important step forward for SAZKA Group and for OPAP, as OPAP gains a leading market position in yet another gaming vertical. OPAP, with SAZKA Group’s support, has achieved a milestone that will significantly strengthen its position in the online sports-betting market. In recent weeks, we have been working in anything but a standard business environment. And yet under these extraordinary circumstances our joint teams brought this transaction to fruition. Here my thanks must go specifically to the management team led by Mr. George Daskalakis”.

In 2019, Stoiximan Group (under the parent company TCB) generated revenues (GGR) of €245 million and EBITDA of €38 million. SMGC generated revenues (GGR) of €197 million, corresponding to 80% of Stoiximan Group’s total revenues, and EBITDA of 44 million.

 

OPAP:

OPAP is the leading gaming company in Greece. The company, founded in 1958 as the country’s national lottery operator and listed on the Athens Exchange in 2001, is the exclusive licensed operator of numerical lotteries (7 games), sports betting (4 games), Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) and horse racing in Greece. It also operates exclusively, as a controlling shareholder (83.5%) through a joint venture, the passive lotteries and instant (scratch) games in Greece. OPAP is one of the largest charitable donors in Greece, operating under World Lottery Association (WLA) and responsible gaming standards.

About SAZKA Group:

SAZKA Group is one of the largest pan-European lottery operators. Its businesses run lotteries in all the major continental European countries where lotteries are privately operated, including the Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Italy, and Cyprus. Its businesses focus on the lottery segment, including numerical lotteries (draw-based games) and instant lotteries (scratch cards), while also providing complementary products in sports-betting and digital-only games. They sell their products both through extensive retail networks and digital platforms. All its lottery operators are members of the World Lottery Association and the European Lottery Association and operate in accordance with their codes of practice.

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Greece: Online Bets Seen at €1 Billion in Three Years

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Riding the momentum generated during the lockdowns, online gambling in Greece is expected to soar to an annual turnover of more than 1 billion euros by 2024, a conference call of the OPAP gaming company with market analysts heard last week.

According to the company’s estimates arrived at in consultation with H2 Gambling Capital, online gaming in Greece is by far the fastest-growing means of gambling in the country, with its penetration jumping since 2019 to secure a market share of 36% of all gaming in Greece. This is now on the way towards matching the average rate seen across the European Union, amounting to 40%.

As far as OPAP alone is concerned, its online business saw its share jump from just 0.7% in 2019 to 29% of the company’s gambling activity today, and this is set to continue rising despite the reopening of brick-and-mortar gaming venues.

Following its investment in rival company Stoiximan, OPAP is well placed in the online market, analysts were told. The strategy of the Athens-listed company eyes the differentiation of its online gaming, aiming at increasing its client base and attracting more female punters.

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Apex Live Gaming Launches ChipperX

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Apex Live Gaming has launched a new device named “ChipperX” for the casinos.

Designed and manufactured by Apex, ChipperX is a dedicated chip management device. It automatically sorts chips by value or colour into one of 12 designated chip tracks. Each chip track is configured to sort and store a defined number of chip types.

“Apex Live Gaming is made up of people who understand and have experience working in land-based casinos. That’s why we make equipment that helps casino staff do their jobs faster, better, more comfortably and easier,” the company said.

ChipperX has the computing power to quickly and accurately count, sort and distribute up to 500 chips per minute. It produces game statistics with a minute-by-minute display stored in the device’s memory for one year.

Easy operation is guaranteed by remote control and diagnostics. Through remote access to ChipperX settings and management, Apex’s team of technicians can help customers control the device remotely in real time. This reduces operating costs and service time.

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Paul Mallon Steps Down as Head of Brand Marketing at Paddy Power

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Paul Mallon has stepped down as the head of brand marketing at Paddy Power.

The ad executive spent ten years at the Flutter-owned operator. Mallon began at Paddy Power as a football writer following a time as a journalist at the Irish Daily Star.

He leaves Paddy Power to become head of special ops at the London-based advertising agency Lucky Generals, which was Paddy Power’s creative agency before Flutter’s reorganisation with its The Stars Group merger.

Mallon wrote on LinkedIn: “After an incredibly good time and 10 years at the sublime Paddy Power, I’ve transferred to the mighty Lucky Generals (with huge thanks to the colleagues, agencies and customers who made working for PP such a pleasure).”

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