The Ministry of Finance has presented a draft of the amendment to the gambling act, in order to a.o. restrict the grey market in online bookmaking.
It is worth pointing out that the illegal activities of bookmakers operating in Poland without registered licenses cost the budget hundreds of millions of złoty every year.
In spite of this, critical voices appear in the debate both with regards to blocking the websites and blocking the payments to unlicensed bookmakers.
Some argue that the only way to encourage bookmakers to legalize their services is to liberalize the market, while blocking websites will only serve as a deterrent for this process. Of course, liberalization has to assessed positively, because the regulations on betting currently in force are among the most restrictive and are not conducive to the development of the market. However, one should keep in mind that unlicensed bookmakers have knowingly broken Polish law for years and disregarded the principles of just competition.
Given that it is a duty of the state to guard the law, ensure conditions for just competition for legally functioning entrepreneurs and protect the good of the citizens, one has to conclude that blocking the websites of illegal bookmakers is hardly an excessive measure.
Mariusz Korzeb, Tax Committee of Employers of Poland