A detailed examination of the gambling industry in Poland has shown that its growth is hindered by illicit market although amendments to Poland’s Gambling Act introduced in 2017 are bringing about improvements in this field.
According to the Polish supreme audit institution (NIK), Poland’s Ministry of Finance should be endowed with powers to handle complicated tactics that are used by illegal operators on the gambling market.
The amendments to Poland’s Gambling Act introduced in 2017 increased the 12% turnover tax imposed on ground-based bookmakers online and gave the operator Totalizator Sportowy owned by state a monopoly for online casino and promotional lotteries. To defend Totalizator Sportowy's monopoly, Poland’s authorities disposed of over 63,000 illicit slot machines and collected 750 million zlotys fine from companies and individuals.
The above-mentioned amendments also presented a confirmation of the introduction of the state's first blacklist of unlicensed domains since July 1, 2017. However, NIK isn’t sure whether this blacklist is effective as these sites aren’t always blocked by telecommunications and payment service providers.
NIK also added the existence of offshore operators is still an issue because Poland’s government doesn’t have a right to bring such companies to justice. And players are still using these sites although they risk being made liable.
As mentioned earlier, Swedish authorities have recently announced the names of blacklisted iGaming operators.
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