What was once a free-to-operate country, Poland will now enforce set criteria as part of their new gambling regulations to help protect the country from illicit and problematic gambling and follows in the footsteps of several other countries.
In the run-up to the changes after announcements were made, some of the world’s biggest operators of Sports & Casino services to Poland pulled the plug and exited the country, closing down existing accounts and/or blocking the registration of new users – companies included in this are market leaders bet365 and William Hill.
The launch of the Polish “Blacklist” by the Ministry of Finance was not as openly well received as expected and was met with a degree of controversy, and is already under threat as the country’s commissioner for human rights launches a probe into the domain register to determine whether it violates Poland’s constitution in limiting citizens’ access to information.
Although met with conspiracy, the process of applying for Polish licensing has begun and there around 7 or 8 betting operators currently going through the new process and vetting as the Blacklist itself continues to expand.
April 2017 – a special registry that includes banned internet domains (named Blacklist), ran by the Ministry of Finance, will list known internet domains where gambling operations were/are undertaken within the country without permission acquired as required by the Polish law – the new Polish gambling regulations.
Starting from 1st
July 2017 – the providers of internet service will have to block any access to the existing websites that have the internet domain names that are included in the mentioned registry of banned domains. The providers of internet services will have to block the websites that operate from non-licensed operators. They will have to be removed with the internet domain names from the IT systems within 48 hours of a domain name being listed in the registry.
These changes, meaning, the regulations that have just been included, are in place with aims to allow bigger control over whatever gambling activities in Poland and eliminate any negative elements of concerning gambling. They will also bring increases in the tax incomes for the national budget.
Although the Blacklist is drawing heat and plenty of criticism, the idea behind the changes and regulatory requirements are applauded, albeit the way they are doing is questionable and, in some cases, immoral.