Bet365 Casino Latest to Leave Online Gaming Market in Poland

Publish: 27.03.2017

One of the biggest operators in the world – Bet365 – most famously known for its incredible sportsbook and casino, which is also highly popular in Canada, is set to leave the Polish online gambling market.

Legislature the Biggest Problem

It was last December when Poland decided to amend its Gambling Act which resulted in regulations being tightened much to disappointment of many Polish-facing operators, who are rushing to leave the country’s market.

The Polish legislators have made the regulatory changes intending to make the gambling industry better and safer with new domain and payment blocking measures, together with a 12% tax on wagering turnovers which are all seen as the biggest problem for operators.

Poland’s newly-imposed changes to gambling regulations saw a number of operators initially approaching the European Court of Justice with formal complaints explaining that new law favours local, government-owned betting and gambling companies.

Seeing that Polish legislators were unwilling to do any mending to the new set of regulations and seeing them refuse to give in to the European Commission’s calls for laws that are in accord with European guidelines, many of online operators decided to lift the anchor and leave.

Polish government has suggested the tax issue would be revisited through a separate legislation at some future time, but those promises were not enough for some operators to renew their licenses.

Bet365 – Latest Name in Line

A growing number of operators have already announced they would be leaving the Polish market.

Following Pinnacle’s departure in February and EnergyBet’s plans to leave as well, the British operators Bet365, but also William Hill, have decided to leave as of 1 April.

The Polish players at these two gambling sites had already been informed to withdraw their funds, whereas the marketing managers, affiliates and partners were all instructed to remove all ads, commercials and text links related to the two companies.