Top court rejects second appeal by Hard Rock over casino license


Greece’s top administrative court, the Council of State, rejected for the second time an appeal by Hard Rock International against its exclusion from the tender for the Elliniko casino permit.

The US company had cited irregularities in the procedure as well as problems with the rival bid, by the consortium of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and its Greek partner GEK Terna, which is the sole bidder to have been short-listed.

This ruling end the legal battle over the casino license and allows the Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) to continue the assessment of the only remaining offer.

The winner of the tender will build a casino of at least 1.2 hectares, with at least 120 gaming tables and 1,200 slot machines, as well as a luxury hotel, entertainment venues, a conference center and a sports center.

The case was brought before the court on April 27.