Poland’s Deputy Prime
Minister Jarosław Gowin has set out plans for new laws to tax sports betting
and regulate online poker in the country for the first time, making significant
changes to the 2011 Polish Gaming Act.
The Deputy Prime
Minister revealed plans to set a tax rate of 20 per cent of gross gaming
revenue for sports betting operators, replacing the current 12 per cent
This is expected to
generate PLN200m (€45.9m) for state coffers, while less stringent restrictions
on advertising and sponsorship could generate up to PLN100m for sports teams in
According to law firm
DLA Piper, 10 per cent of gaming tax revenue will be allocated to socially
responsible initiatives, with 7 per cent going to the Polish Olympic Committee
and 3 per cent allocated to combating gambling addiction.
Following the amendment of
the Polish Gaming Act in August last year, this would ensure around 70 per cent
of the market is regulated, with IP and payments blocking in place for
unlicensed operators, and foreign operators allowed to apply for licences.
Poker would also be
regulated for the first time, according to Gowin. Currently it is only
permitted in licensed land-based casinos, but online poker and tournaments
would be offered by licensed companies.
Games held in private
houses, which are prohibited and subject to strict enforcement penalties such
as fines and prison terms, would also be legalised.
While the proposals
are likely to be welcomed by operators they face a fight to make it into law.
They have been prepared by Gowin’s minority Polska Razem party, and not by the
coalition government’s largest party, the Law and Justice Party (PIS).
Despite this, Gowin is
aiming to gain the support from the PIS for the proposals, and have the changes
brought into law by the government.