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Poland – Bookmakers’ turnover will increase by 29% to approx. PLN 6.7 billion in 2019

Bookmakers legally operating will generate approx. PLN 6.7 billion of turnover in 2019, against approx. PLN 5.2 billion a year earlier and PLN 3.4 billion in 2017, estimates the “Graj Legalnie” Association. Bookmakers will pay approx. PLN 806 million from the gaming tax for the current year, and for 2020 – depending on the scenario – from PLN 948 to 1,005 million.

“The largest bookmaker in Poland [in 2019] is STS, which controls 45.4% of the licensed part of the sector. Fortuna has 31.3% market share, forBET 6%, Totolotek 5%, while other companies control the remaining 12.3% of the industry “- we also read in the press release.

The association estimates that the growing activity of unlicensed entities means that the gray area has grown to nearly 60% of the gaming market in Poland.

“In the footsteps of other European countries, a dedicated office should be created that would be responsible for market regulation in Poland. A specialized unit with a precise catalog of tasks – created on the model of the Gambling Commission from Great Britain or the Malta Gaming Authority – would give a chance for more effective supervision over the sector. It would also be more effective against the recurring gray area, ” postulates “Graj Legalnie”

In the association’s opinion, state authorities should effectively maintain and update the Register of Domains Used to Offer Gambling Games contrary to the Act. Then enforce site blocking by telecommunications providers. Further legislative initiative and clarification of existing provisions is also needed, they added.

“The legislator should also verify the current form of betting taxation and, consequently, rationalize applicable tax law. Currently bookmakers operating in Poland pay 12% turnover tax, which is the highest in Europe. The fulfillment of the above postulates would help maintain the current dynamics of curbing the gray area and obtain high tax revenues. If the laws in Poland were fully enforced, this year the state coffers would receive an additional approx. PLN 1.1 billion. Together with tribute from legal entities, the state budget would be credited with nearly PLN 2 billion from gaming tax, ” we read further.

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