Poland’s Gambling Industry

gambling PolandPoland has recently become one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations with many famous landmarks such as the Tatry Mountains and the Baltic coast attracting tourists from all over the world. The country also has an exciting and vibrant nightlife and entertainment sector which attracts a high proportion of stag and hen parties as well as younger crowds. Interestingly, Poland also built a reputation for its many casinos.

casino polandAmusement Casino in Warsaw is one of the favourites and is situated within the Polonia Palace Hotel, which also boats a gym, spa and restaurant. The casino itself has five gaming tables and is one of Poland’s smaller establishments.

Casinos Poland is another popular entertainment complex located in the beautiful city of Warsaw. This particular operator has an expansive range of games on offer with many different types of poker, blackjack and roulette. The casino is attached to the Marriott Warsaw Hotel and has an inclusive bar.

Poland has seen the development of an online gambling market after achieving success with their land casinos. There are a growing number of websites that offer these kinds of games to Polish people. Poland have always been quite relaxed when it comes to their gambling law with the entire industry being unregulated until 1992. And even then, the new legislation only affected new businesses and not existing ones.

The iGaming sector also enjoyed such relaxed regulation. This was until 2009 when Prime Minister Donald Tusk highlighted the corruption and lobbying that was occurring within the Polish Government. The Prime Minister vowed to outlaw online gambling as a result of this. Laws were passed in 2009 and 2011 outlawing all online gambling, with the exception of sports betting.

A number of other European gaming providers have enjoyed the market in Poland for iGaming and a lot of sites like MadeUpName welcome Polish customers. Polish gaming companies have been in talks with the government since the laws were first passed in 2009, and as such there seems to be a bright future ahead for the Polish gaming industry with the industry reported to be worth EUR 1 billion. Recently Totolotek, a Polish subsidiary of Athens-based gaming company Inralot, was granted a gaming licence. Perhaps this is the first of many Polish based online gaming sites.

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If you are looking for more information on sportsbetting, then visit this Polish gambling guide.