Poland Working to Liberalize Gambling Industry

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This week Poland's Deputy Prime Minister revealed that the government is working on draft legislation that would liberalize the country's gambling industry, citing the billions of Euros in losses that the country has faced as a result of archaic gaming laws.

Jarosław Gowin revealed the news to Polish Radio on Monday, citing the complete failure of the Gambling Act of 2009, which tightened controls on the industry. That bill was aimed at clamping down on gambling in the Eastern European country, but has caused large numbers of Polish punters to head to offshore gaming sites. The legislation would first overturn the Gambling Act, then would allow for slot machines to be nationalized under the national lottery. Once that bill becomes law, a second bill would be introduced to fully liberalize the market, which would give outside sportsbetting and poker operators a chance to offer regulated services a few years ago.

Speaking about the need to liberalize the betting industry in his country Gowin said, "Over the next several months gambling will remain in [a shady area of the economy], and Poles will continue to lose PLN 100-300 million a month."

No timetable for the bill has been given, but Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
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16 December 2016 - 9:14pm

Obviously the Poland authorities recognised the problem although even so late, they lost years and millions in Euros probably during that time but at least they are determined to regulate gambling now, a matter which in many other European counties is not even acknowledged yet.