Olympic Entertainment Group revamps Estonian business

Olympic Entertainment Group revamps Estonian business

Friday, June 3, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
OEG has been busy in Estonia with a merger, a new flagship casino and a new managing director

European casino operator Olympic Entertainment Group has a new look to its business in Estonia after opening a new flagship casino in the capital and announcing a new appointment to lead the company in the region.

Olympic has promoted its highly experienced casino operations manager Erki Tavas into the role of managing director for the Estonian subsidiary and will take over the reins next month.

Tavas has been working in the gaming sector since 1992 and joined Olympic Entertainment Group in 2003. Tavas has led OEG’s flagship casinos in Estonia and Latvia and has been responsible for casino operations on different markets of OEG, most recently in Slovakia.

Tavas is replacing Aigar Hain, the current managing director of Olympic Casino Eesti AS, who has decided to leave the company with a legacy – the new flagship casino in Tallin. 

The Group has invested more than 45 million euros in the building that accommodates the Baltic's first Hilton and the new OEG casino, which opened this week. The Olympic Park Casino is located on the ground floor of the building and has separate areas for slot machines, casino tables, tournament poker and VIP players as well as a large bar area with a stage and a sports betting lounge.

As with many luxury casinos, there is a major hotel as part of the facility which is operated by Hilton Worldwide. Hilton Tallinn Park has a total of 202 rooms including 27 suits. The top floor of the building holds an executive lounge. The hotel has a conference centre with ten high-end meetings rooms and with one of the largest ballrooms in Tallinn, a spa with an indoor pool, and a restaurant with a bar and outdoor terrace.

The building is located in the centre of Tallinn next to Politsei Park and was designed by Meelis Press, the interior design solution was created by Vertti Kivi. Main contractor of the construction was AS Merko Ehitus Eesti.

It has been a busy time in the country for OEG. Only last month the group completed the merger of its Estonian subsidiaries, Olympic Casino Eesti AS and and AS MC Kasiinod. The aim of the merger was the adjustment of the group’s structure. The Group has a total of 124 casinos and 35 betting shops across Europe, with Estonia being one of its bigger markets.

Totally Gaming Says: With the stresses caused by a merger between subsidiaries and the creation of a new flagship casino now over, there can be no better time for Erki Tavas to take control of the Estonian business. OEG currently operates 24 casinos and employs more than 550 people in Estonia, so it is no small role, but Aigar Hain will leave next month having laid some of the foundations for going forward.

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