Polish Gambling Market Dominated by Illegal Operators

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Polish Gambling Market Dominated by Illegal Operators

An audit was done on the Polish gambling market recently, and although the regulated gambling industry has done quite well after amendments to the Gambling Act 2017, the market reported illegal operators are dominating the market.

The Polish Supreme Audit Office said the Ministry of Finance should be granted the power to crackdown on current regulations and enforce actions to stop illegal operators from offering their services in the market.

The Polish Supreme Audit Office said offshore operators are a huge problem and authorities have no power to prosecute the companies. Players are warned to stop playing with the illegal sites but continue to do so. The online betting market in the country is comprised of both legal and illegal activities. Both earned 2.02 billion last year. Wagers made with legal operators soared to more than 600%. Unlicensed online wagering value has increased by 42% in 2018. This amount accounts for more than 50% of the market.

With the amendments to the Gambling Act 2017, turnover tax was extended by 12% for land-based and online operators. The country’s gambling tax earnings have grown significantly since the new laws were enforced, but so has illegal operators targeting players.

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