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Essential information and facts about Poland:


Country Poland Capital Warsaw


Total Area Population Median age


312,685 sq.km 38,523,261 40.3 years


Ethnic groups Polish (97%), Silesian (1.1%) other Religions Catholic (87%), Orthodox (1.3%), other


Languages Polish (official), Silesian, other Currency


Zlotych (PLN)


Government type Parliamentary republic Chief of State President Andrzej Duda (since 2015)


Head of Government Prime Minister Beata Szydlo (since 2015)


Cabinet Council of Ministers proposed by Prime Minister, appointed by President and approved by Sejm.


Elections President directly elected by majority vote. Next election 2020. Prime Minister appointed by President and confirmed by Sejm.


Tere are currently seven companies in Poland which hold licences for organising online betting games which are E-Toto; Fortuna; Milenium; STS; Totolotek; LV Bet and Casino Games.


Apparently Pinnacle Sports has already exited the Polish market due to the regulatory changes whilst William Hill and Bet365 have also recently exited the Polish market whilst Bwin is apparently applying for a licence to remain in the market.


Clive Hawkswood at the RGA said: “Te extension of the state’s monopoly to online slots and casino games arguably constitutes a breach of EU law, mostly because it is inconsistent with the regulation of online sports betting.


“Importantly also, we fail to see how this extension will help the Polish government achieve a higher channelling rate of Polish customers playing with the regulated offer as the government has been claiming all along. Te publicly run company that is to operate these


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Casinos Slot halls


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games has no experience whatsoever in this sector and will most likely be unable to deliver an offer that is sufficiently competitive and attractive to the Polish customers.”


THE SPORTS BETTING MARKET Association football and volleyball are among


the country’s most popular sports whilst track, field, basketball, handball, boxing, motorcycle, ski jumping and ice hockey are also popular.


Te golden era of football in Poland was during the 1970s until the early 1980s when the Polish national team saw their best results in the FIFA World Cup whilst the men’s volleyball team is ranked third in the world.


Sports betting tax is currently 12 per cent on turnover. Last year it was proposed that the current levy be replaced with a 20 per cent GGR tax much the same as Denmark implemented when it also regulated online gambling. However amendments to the Gaming Act have kept the 12 per cent turnover tax in place.


Traditionally it is found that markets with turnover based tax have lower channelling rates than those with GGR based tax although some believe the tax rate will be changed in the next few years.


Te total betting market in Poland is said to be worth PLN348m in GGR in 2015 and this was for both onshore and offshore operators which has grown annually be around 28 per cent since 2012 and was estimated to reach €443m in 2016 and €736m by 2025. Offshore player share of GGR is around 70 per cent.


Meanwhile the total turnover for the betting market in 2015 was €3.8bn total estimated to reach €4.8bn in 2016 and €7.9bn by 2025. Offshore operators make up 90 per cent of this at the moment.


Up until recently, there were around 15 main offshore betting operators in the Polish market, including Paddy Power, Betfair, Betclic, Bet365 and Bwin, all offering various products from sports betting to casino games. In 2016 there


NO. OF OPERATORS NO. OF OPERATORS NO. OF LOCATIONS NO. OF LOCATIONS 2014


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13 9 5 1


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12 8 5 1


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97


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54


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