Renovated Tartu Olympic Casino celebrated its anniversary and helped homeless animals

Posted on 29.08.2006

The reopening party was partly a charitable event, where 16 042 kroons were raised and donated to improve the living conditions of homeless dogs and cats in Tartu.

In the first picture, Helen Tarmas, Olympic Casino’s Marketing Manager,
hands over a check to Mairi Peitone, Manager of the Tartu Animal Shelter.

In the second picture, the guests are gathered around the wheel of fortune.

Olympic Casino at Poe Street, which opened its doors five years ago, underwent a renovation this summer, providing a new and more glamorous internal design throughout two floors. Players have better gaming conditions, because there are now new slot machines and the opportunities to win additional winnings were also widened. The innovative EZ Pay ticket system frees the players from the necessity to deal with coins and cash.

The guests were demonstrated all the new features at the reopening and birthday party held on 25th August. “Tanel Padar and Tomi Rahula Unplugged” produced a splendid musical experience, and various entertaining casino games were organised. As part of the charity event, a charity jackpot was raised and a wheel of fortune was spun.

The money raised, altogether 16 042 kroons, was donated to the Tartu Animal Shelter, housing today 30 dogs and 30 cats. According to Mairi Peitonen, manager of the shelter, they did not expect to raise so much money. “To be honest – we were speechless,” she said. “We have received far smaller donations so far and the contribution was all the more surprising and pleasing given the fact that it was done entirely on Olympic Casino’s initiative.”

The shelter’s manager promised that the money would be spent on buying a lamp for diagnosing ringworm in cats in its initial stage. “As this is a highly contagious and unpleasant disease, which can easily spread from cats to dogs and humans, we want to examine all cats that are brought to us,” she said. Furthermore, the money will be used for updating the shelter’s homepage through which homeless animals find their new owners.

Along with Olympic Casino, one of the largest wholesalers of veterinary and animal husbandry products Dimela that imports pet products under the trademark Dr. Stern gave its support to the shelter. The shelter was made a gift of cat litter sand, worth 5000 kroons, which the shelter needed the most. Furthermore, the shelter and Dr. Stern’s charitable foundation agreed on long-term support. One kroon from each kilo of Dr. Stern’s animal feed sold will go towards the charitable foundation; the money will contribute not only the shelter in Tartu but also the Tallinn Animal Shelter.

In Tartu Olympic Casino at Poe Street players may spend their time behind gaming tables and slot machines. After the renovation, the number of slot machines was increased to 42, six of which are linked to the Fort Knox jackpot system, a four level bonus system, where the highest, Platinum level winnings start from 200,000 kroons. There are two Olympic Casinos in Tartu, employing almost 50 people.

Olympic Casino is the leading casino operator in Estonia that often combines its events with charitable actions. Olympic Casino Eesti AS has a staff of almost 500 people. In 2005, the company paid 52 million kroons as gambling tax to the Estonian state.

In addition to 20 casinos in Estonia, Olympic Entertainment Group operates 38 casinos in Latvia, 8 in Lithuania, 6 in the Ukraine and 1 in Belarus. The group employs more than 2000 people. Olympic Casino has organised its work in compliance with the requirements of the international quality standard ISO 9001, the company is a full member of the European Casino Association (ECA) and a major sponsor of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

More information:
Helen Tarmas
Olympic Casino Eesti AS, Marketing Manager
telephone: +372 667 1267

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