Greece’s High Court Rejects Hard Rock Casino Bid Appeal

ATHENS – Hard Rock International’s appeal after being knocked out of bidding for a casino at the still-undeveloped 8-billion euro ($8.67 billion) abandoned Hellenikon International Airport site was rejected for a second time by Greece’s highest administrative court.

The Council of State ruling paves the way for the only other bidder left at the time, the Connecticut-based Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment to have the license despite being downgraded to a near-default risk by Moody’s Investors, with casinos hard hit by lockdowns aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The US company had cited irregularities in the procedure as well as problems with the rival bid in which Mohegan teamed with a Greek partner, GEK Terna, which includes one of the country’s biggest contractors.

This ruling ends the legal battle over the casino license and allows the Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) to give Mohegan the license for a casino of at least 1.2 hectares (2.96 acres), 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.

Mohegan said it’s still fully committed despite its severe financial problems without explaining how it would proceed. The company is ready to start construction work once it wins the tender “despite the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on the gaming sector,” the CEO of MGE, Mario Kontomerkos stated.

Mohegan’s plan with Greek construction firm GEK TERNA, dubbed Inspire Athens, is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists and generate more than 7,000 jobs at the site.


ATHENS - Greek public debt totaled 357,295 billion euros at the end of the third quarter of 2021, from 337,666 billion in the corresponding period in 2020, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Friday.

Top Stories


BOSTON – The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in its recent meeting dealt with the ecclesiastical coup perpetrated by the Patriarchate of Moscow in its canonical jurisdiction, calling it an “immoral invasion and intrusion.


NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.


STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.


1 NYPD Officer Killed, 1 Severely Injured in Harlem Shooting (Vid)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer was killed and another critically wounded Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son, officials said, making four officers shot in the city in as many days.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.