Two popular sports betting and casino operators, Mr Green, William Hill and Betfair leave Polish gambling market.
Mr Green, William Hill and Betfair leave Polish gambling market and will withdraw their services from the country due to unfavourable gambling legislation that is scheduled to take effect this week.
The new Polish legislature is seen as unfavourable and hostile and Mr Green, William Hill and Betfair’s decision follows the one made by Pinnacle, EnergyBet, Bet365 who believe that the amended Polish Gambling Act’s 12% tax on sports betting turnover as unviable. The three operators informed Polish customers and affiliates about their decision via emails. According to the William Hill’s letter, none of their products will be available to Polish players after April 1st. Thus, players will need to withdraw their funds from accounts by the end of this month. Any players who will still have money on their William Hill account in April will need to contact customer service in order to withdraw their funds. What is more, affiliates have to remove marketing material from websites, including text links and banners that are connected with players in Poland. The company apologized for all inconveniences the exit from Poland may have caused. Moreover, the company emphasized the fact that the decision was made due to legal regulations that cannot be controlled or changed by the company. If legal circumstances change, William Hill is to immediately inform customers of such changes.
Polish government will start imposing blocking measures against unauthorized operators who continue to accept action from Polish punters without a local license on July 1. Polish amended Act allows Polish gamblers to access online casino, poker and bingo products, but only if they do it via the state-owed Totalizator Sportowy lottery monopoly.