ECONOMY

Mini-casinos from OPAP

State gaming company OPAP is planning to create 819 mini-casinos by subsidizing the hosting of 16,500 video lottery terminals, or slot machines.

The mini-casinos will be called ?Gaming Halls? and OPAP expects them to be ready to operate within the next 11 months. Each Gaming Hall will cost about 80,000 euros, operate on a 24-hour-basis, have an area of 125 to 150 square meters and house between 15 and 25 slot machines.

Almost half of them will be located in Attica, and the venture is expected to give a much-needed boost to the country?s problematic real estate market. OPAP intends to encourage cooperation among its agents so that they share the operation of the Gaming Halls.