Landmark deal signed for Europe’s largest casino

Cyprus Mail reports that the casino deal is signed:

The contract for Cyprus’ first integrated casino resort, the only one of its kind in Europe, was signed on Monday in Nicosia between the gaming authority and the Melco Hard Rock consortium and is designed to provide for an investment of €500m, attract an extra 300,000 tourists a year, and to add 4,000 jobs.

The contract was signed at the Filoxenia Conference Centre between the president of the National Gaming Authority and Andy Choy, chief gaming officer, of the consortium of Melco International Development Ltd, Seminole HR Holdings LLC (Melco Hard Rock) and CNS Group (Cyprus Phassouri Zakaki Ltd).
Energy, Commerce and Tourism Minister Yiorkos Lakkotrypis, who addressed the event, touted the fact that the Limassol complex would be the only integrated casino resort in Europe, which will be based in Limassol, and will include four satellite casinos in Nicosia, Larnaca, Famagusta and Paphos.

The main resort will also be the largest casino in Europe, the minister said with 136 gaming tables, 1,200 gaming machines, a luxury hotel with 500 rooms with the capacity for expansion, a conference hall spanning 6,000 square metres that can accommodate audiences of 1,500, and a wellness centre covering 4,000 square metres.

It’ll obviously take a bit of time and effort until this all comes to life, but no doubt – that’s a new era for Cyprus as a country, as a tourism destination, and as a member of the European Union.

Exciting news!

Gambling is an old problem

A recent arrest in Cyprus proves that gambling is an old problem, as Cyprus Mail reports:

FORTY TWO women aged between 75 and 85, including a 95-year-old from Limassol, were shocked on Sunday when police raided their card game and confiscated their €100 in betting money.

Also, I have to disagree with a woman quoted in the same article:

The only thing police achieve by doing such raids is to ridicule women of a certain age

Not at all, no.  I think police only ridicule themselves, not the women of a certain age.

4th tooth is out

While the thrill is gone, both Olga and I are still waiting for each Maxim’s tooth. The fourth one tricked us though. We thought it would be the second tooth on the top, but it turned out to be the third one on the bottom (on Maxim’s left).

Now that I think of it, there are plenty of betting opportunities here. Not only the dates can be bet upon (for the closest match), but the next teeth position as well. Tooth casino!