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Polish Casinos Want Stiffer Penalties for Offshore Sites

Poland's legal online casinos are asking the country's Finance Ministry to crack down harder on unlicensed sites offering Polish gambling, noting that only 10% of gaming transactions are done by licensed operators.

Operators in the country are asking for stiffer penalties but also asking for lower taxes to encourage growth of legitimate operators. Industry insiders claim that the government has been cracking down on players when it should be focusing on offshore operators by blocking their sites and issuing fines.

Earlier this month government authorities reported that they have been tracking 24,000 citizens who are gambling at illegal sites, and threatened to launch legal action against those playing at the sites.

It is estimated that Polish citizens spend more than €1.2 billion at offshore operators every year.