Polish Gambling Law Shake-up

Polish Gambling LawPolish Gambling Law is undergoing a major shake-up as new EU gambling laws take effect from 31st March 2017.

This week, William Hill and Bet365 have both announced they are leaving the Polish online gambling market after months of uncertainty. EnergyBet and Pinnacle also followed earlier this year.

From April 1st, it is necessary for gambling firms to operate only from within Poland. Unless operators have a local gambling licence they will no longer be able to operate from within or without.

Last December the Polish Government approved a new act. It requiring online gambling firms to have a new domain name and payment blocking systems for those that do not have a Polish Gambling licence.

The Polish Government introduced a 12% sports betting tax on operators which seems to have been the real reason behind the exodus. It would appear that those who have withdrawn have done so because it is not viable to continue with this level of taxation.

The Government have hinted that they will visit the tax issue again if deemed necessary.

Any unauthorised gambling operators will have their IP addresses blocked by 1st July to prevent operating illegally in Poland.

It seems the EU is slowly being able to control gambling on the internet by imposing laws which are supposed to allow the free movement of goods. We have seen this happening increasingly within Europe as the EU Member states approach the April 1st deadline.

Europe is considered to a single state and the impact of gambling has certainly made its mark. It has been left for each EU member state to craft its own law on gambling. We have already seen the Governments of most European countries follow suit by excluding outside or unlicensed operators.

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