Poland continues crackdown on online casinos as big name operators exit Polish market

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The Polish finance ministry is continuing its crackdown on online gambling, making it more difficult for operators to offer online casino games.

Poland illegal online gambling crackdown
Poland illegal online gambling crackdown

The Polish Government has recently introduced a new tax structure for online casino companies following last year’s decision to introduce amendments to the country’s gambling act which changed gambling regulations.

The changes have had a profound impact on Poland’s online casino offering, with many well-known operators such as Bet365 now deciding to leave the country.

Impact on online gambling

Online gaming operators which were previously allowed to operate more freely in Poland are now being effected by the new changes in tax laws.

Stricter regulations have already led bet365, William Hill Casino, Pinnacle, Betfair and Mr Green Casino to voluntarily leave the country and its possible more could follow.

Many companies have decided to stay however but some are now considered illegal under Poland’s new gambling laws.

This includes the setting up of a “blacklist” by the Government which includes all online addresses of online gambling companies which do not own a Polish gambling license and therefore should not be able to operate.

Companies who have been added to the blacklist have been given the right to appeal being placed on the register and if they are not removed from the list, can even take it to court.

The current blacklist, which has more than 970 operators on it, has been encouraged to be acted upon by internet service providers, who under the amended Polish Gambling act will be fined $64,500 fine if they don’t take appropriate action.

Future for gambling in Poland

With several large online gaming operators having already left Poland’s newly regulated market, it’s looking increasingly tough for providers to remain offering services in the country.

Despite a crackdown on operators, Poland has however extended its online games offering with all types online gambling now permitted.

The Polish Government will undoubtedly be pleased they’re achieving their aim of reducing the number of online gambling companies that have been operating without a license in the country.

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