Hellenikon Casino in Limbo, Two Others Suspended Over Social Security Debts

February 1, 2020

ATHENS – With a dispute brewing over awarding of a casino license for the long-stalled 8-billion-euro ($8.83 billion) abandoned Hellenikon International Airport, The Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) shut down the Rio and Alexandroupoli casinos for the next two months over debts owed the country’s social security system EFKA.

A report from EFKA said that the Rio casino had overdue contributions arrears of more than 25 million euros ($27.6 million) while the Alexandroupoli casino owed 12.5 million euros ($13.8 million.)

The gaming commission voted to impose fines on the casinos of Corfu and Loutraki as well for 75,000 euros ($82,800) and 5,000 euros ($5520) as well, said to be set related to how much they owe EFKA through the end of 2019. They had worked out a plan to settle their debts so escaped being shut down for any period.

Setting the stage for a likely court challenge, the gaming commission set aside a binding offer by Hard Rock International for a license to operate a casino when Hellenikon is developed, insuring selection of the other bidder, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment from Connecticut.

The Florida-based Hard Rock lost out to the Connecticut-based Mohegan, which teamed with Greek real estate and construction giant Gek Terna to operate the casino at what will be the country’s biggest project when done.


Terrified tourists who had to walk along beaches to flee wildfires on the popular island of Rhodes in the summer of 2023 can go back there for vacations now, partly paid by the New Democracy government eager to keep foreign arrivals coming this year.

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