Seven years after the introduction of its restrictive gambling law, the Polish government is considering new legislation that will once again permit sports betting and online poker in the country, in addition to nationalising slot machines, allowing them to operate under national lottery laws.
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a recent interview, the country’s deputy prime minister, Jaroslaw Gowin, has confirmed that the government is working on a new gambling bill.
Speaking on national radio, Gowin acknowledged that “Poland suffered enormous, multibillion losses” after the Gambling Act – banning gambling both outside casinos and online – was introduced by then-PM Donald Tusk in 2009.
Poles will continue to lose PLN 100-300m (E22.6m-68m) a month.
“That is why a few months ago we decided to change the law so that money flowed back into the budget,” Gowin said, adding that the European Commission has given Poland the green light to move ahead with the new gambling bill.
“Over the next several months gambling will remain in [a shady area of the economy], and Poles will continue to lose PLN 100-300m (E22.6m-68m) a month,” Gowin said.
In May, Poland’s Ministry of Finance hinted that changes to the country’s gambling laws will include allowing Polish licensed online operators to offer slots provided that they follow a responsible gaming framework.