Polish Regulatory Crunch Pushing Online Gambling Exits

Published Friday, March 24, 2017 - Online-Casinos.com
Polish Regulatory Crunch Pushing Online Gambling Exits

The legality crunch is coming in the European online gambling industry with new legislation being applied in various jurisdictions in that region. The amended Polish Gambling Act has caused disruption for online betting operators who are leaving the Polish punting market ahead of new rules coming into effect April 1st 2017.

Late last year the Polish parliament approved regulations that imposes new domain and payment blocking measures for gambling operators that have not acquired a Polish license. The European Commission does have issues with the Polish monopoly Totalizator Sportowy which will establish an online casino in there.

The mass exodus of online gambling operators from the market in Poland is unnerving for the industry as a whole. An example is Malta licensed EnergyBet which recently announced its exit from Poland declaring the jurisdiction a “highly restrictive and hostile regulatory environment.” Other major internet betting operators as leaving too with Bet365 and William Hill recently informed players from the jurisdiction to take their money out before the April 1st deadline while the affiliate marketing partners of the entities were asked to remove all banner advertizing and text links related to the Polish aimed offerings.

The Totalizator Sportowy lottery monopoly will be the biggest issue for the European Commission but for the operators it is the imposing 12% tax on sports betting turnover. The Remote Gambling Association and a number of Polish cabinet ministers have voiced opposition claiming the tax is making the market viability impossible for internet betting service providers. The government has set July 1st 2017 to start imposing the blocking measures on unauthorized operators.

The punting public in Poland are now being offered more choice if going through the State run Totalizator Sportowy with the amended Act now letting gamblers access online casino, poker and bingo products.  One of the few companies moving ahead and acquiring a Polish internet betting license is the Fortuna Entertainment Group.

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