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Poland Introduces Stringent New Gambling Regulatory Establishments

Poland Introduces Stringent New Gambling Regulatory Establishments

Poland is the newest member of the regulated online gambling landscape in Europe.

After being approved by the government last year, a new gambling regulatory establishment came into effect from 1st April’17 with the intentions to liberalise the local market, though not much of liberalisation took place.

The new establishment allows the international operators to apply for licenses for the provision of sports betting options, but the online casino, poker and bingo games are limited to the country’s designated gambling monopoly.

A 12% tax on turnover would be implemented on the operators interested to operate in the local market. Such high tax rates by Polish Ministry of Finance have been criticised.

The Ministry seems to take a firm stand against unlicensed operators and would monitor closely for any violation. It has also decided to blacklist all the unauthorised operators. Those on the list will have the access to their website blocked by Polish Internet Service Providers.

As of now, some 311 domains have been added to the list which has been updated almost every day for the past two months on the Ministry's website. The local ISPs have been given up to July 1 to start blocking the unlicensed operations by the Ministry of Finance.