ATHENS (Reuters) - Europe's largest betting firm OPAP <OPAr.AT> has shortlisted software firms GTech, Playtech and Intralot <INLr.AT> to provide services as part of its plan to expand into online betting, its chief executive said on Thursday.
"On Internet (betting), we are in the final phase to pick a vendor among three candidates," CEO Yannis Spanoudakis told reporters. "The aim is to pick the vendor by the third quarter."
OPAP, in which the state has a 34 percent stake, wants to expand into online betting, a sector that the government plans to deregulate.
(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou, writing by George Georgiopoulos)