Poland and Czech Republic Boost Online Gambling in E.U.

Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - Online-Casinos.com
Poland and Czech Republic Boost Online Gambling in E.U.

Internet freedom is essential to keeping the ball rolling for the online gambling industry. The latest adjustments to the laws regarding online betting in Poland and the Czech Republic have shaken the tree which may well result in a surge in online poker activity. The neighboring countries currently have gambling laws which make online poker illegal.

The new law regarding online gambling in the Czech Republic includes strict ISP blocking measures as well as financial transaction blocking in an attempt to stop unlicensed operators. Fifteen days after the appearance of a site on the new blacklist, ISPs and payment processors will be required to institute blocks.

The anger of Czech’s committed to internet freedom was felt shortly after the Senate voted in favour of the law when internet hackers began a DDoS attack on the Senate. “ We threw Senat.cz because you passed a law to prevent free access to the Internet,’ a statement by the hackers explained.”

The law also includes strict loss limits and bet size limits which will reduce the regulated web location attractiveness of its licensed products compared to those offered by unlicensed online gambling operators. The new law will be implemented on January 1, 2017 with the very high tax rates, only the providers with deep pockets are expected to apply.

In Poland the Ministry of Finance announced the government’s intention to amend its gambling laws, in June of 2014 to bring them into line with EU treaties and make it less complex for offshore internet gambling operators to apply for a Polish betting license. Now with amendments Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin, told reporters that online poker would be included in the new rules.

At a press conference the position was explained, “We want Poland in a sphere of normality and common sense. We want to move away from solutions that make 95% of betting a gray area.”







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