Polish Parliament bans online gambling

A new law recently approved in the Polish Parliament, which limits gambling to within the premises of casinos. The law’s approval comes after a huge fiasco, named “Blackjackgate”, rocked Prime Minister Tusk’s cabinet last month.

Following the fiasco, Prime Minister Tusk began a push towards the passage of tougher legislation regarding the country’s gambling industry. In a vote of 48 to three with 30 abstentions, the law passed in the Senate. However, it still requires the signature of President Kaczyński, of which Prime Minister Tusk is confident, stating: “Barring any surprises, I hope the president will be able to affix his signature as of November 30”.

The new legtistlations state that slot machines, previously offered in bars, cafes, service stations and some shopping centres, will only be offered within official casinos. It is estimated that over 50,000 machines may have to be removed. Also, individuals under 18 years of age will not be permitted to gamble at all.

The legislation also affects online gambling, which will no longer be offered under Polish legtistlation. However, the enforcement of this aspect of the law will inevitably prove much more difficult than even the removal of thousands of slot machines.

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