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Playtech launches TotalCasino, the first regulated online casino in Poland

Niji Ng

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Playtech Plc has launched the path-breaking TotalCasino (TotalCasino.pl), the first ever regulated online casino in Poland. The move is in partnership with the Polish state-owned national lottery operator Totalizator Sportowy.

Earlier this year, Totalizator Sportowy chose Playtech as its lead digital systems provider in its bid to expand further.

Totalizator Sportowy currently has over 17,000 points of sale across the country, built over six decades. The proceeds from its business are used as social funds for the construction and renovation of sports facilities.

The Polish lottery chose Playtech for the purpose because of the latter’s a proven track record of delivering broader offerings for World Lottery Association members including Greece’s OPAP, Portugal’s Santa Kaza and Sisal Italy.

Backing the launch of TotalCasino.pl Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech, said: “This is a significant day for Totalizator Sportowy and for Playtech. A lot of hard work has gone into the last nine months to build an exciting, robust, safe platform for Poland’s players. We owe a big thank you to our new partners at Totalizator Sportowy and look forward to a long, successful relationship.”

“Our commitment to innovative, industry-leading products and the scale and flexibility of our gaming platform means Playtech is the clear partner of choice for the leading land-based operators in newly regulating online markets.”

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Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M to speak at Prague Gaming Summit 3

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As announced earlier, the 3rd edition of Prague Gaming Summit will feature a special DACH region oriented panel in which the experts will discuss and debate the likely options of regulation updates that will allow operators to fully engage in gambling activities.

We are honored to present one of the leading experts who will join the “DACH market industry trends” compliance panel discussion.

Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M. runs the General Secretariat of the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG). She has been in this leading position for well over 2 years and she’s the first point of contact for all association matters. Raffaela holds a law degree as well as a Master’s degree in Information and Media Law and a doctoral degree in law. Furthermore, Raffaela successfully passed the Vienna (Lawyers) Bar exam. In her professional career, she has worked as an Associate at a Vienna-based law firm with a special focus on gambling and sports betting law.

The Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) is an Austrian special interest group aiming to create awareness of the industry in the minds of opinion-formers and political decision-makers. Through lobbying, the association would like to contribute to achieving greater fairness between the providers in the Austrian market and to illustrating the diversity of the industry. The association concentrates on the online gambling and sports betting sector.

The association was founded in August 2016 and comprises full members and associate members. The members are subject to stringent acceptance criteria, see also values in this respect. Most members are active as sponsors of sports clubs or sports associations. The list of members includes bet-at-home.com, Mr. Green, CashPoint, Lopoca, Interwetten, LeoVegas and Kindred Group.

The Executive Committee is headed by Claus Retschitzegger (bet-at-home.com), the President of the Association. The other members of the Executive Committee are Jan Tjernell as deputy (Mr Green), Michael Wondra (Cashpoint) and Simos Mantzouranos (Lopoca).

Do not miss this exciting opportunity to hear the latest information first hand at Prague Gaming Summit 3 and discuss collaboration possibilities with attending delegates!

You can Register here or View the Agenda

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STS announces expansion into more European markets

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STS, the leading betting company in Poland, has announced its ambitious expansion plans. STS Chairman Mateusz Juroszek said the company is going to launch online sports betting, casino, virtual sports and eSports operations in 11 other European markets. The company will utilise the new BetConstruct platform to offer the services. The new activities will be licensed by regulators in Malta and the UK.

Juroszek said his company would look to target expatriate Polish communities in those target markets. Juroszek believes that “the awareness of our brand among these people is extremely high,” offering his company a “significant competitive advantage.”

STS is focusing on 11 European markets, including the UK, Germany and Norway. The UK online market has proven a tough slog for new entrants, but Juroszek claims STS’ brand recognition among the UK’s estimated 1m people of Polish descent is on par with local bookmaker William Hill. “We are a Polish company that Poles know.”

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Earnings improve for legal bookmakers in Poland

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The newly amended Gambling Act in Poland proving to be a blessing for the legal bookmakers in Poland. Their revenue has clearly improved. Legal bookmakers had posted record earnings in 2018.

Poland has a high turnover tax of 12 per cent. It also has some restrictive provisions regarding bookmaking advertising. However, none of this hinder the growth of the betting industry. In 2018, the licensed bookmakers in Poland posted a turnover of PLN 5.1 billion. It was PLN 3.3 billion in 2017 and PLN 1.7 billion in 2016.

According to information published by the tax portal of the Ministry of Finance, the revenue from the mutual wagering tax in 2016 amounted to PLN 196.6 million. In 2017, the State Treasury recorded income higher by 210.7 million PLN (407.36 million PLN, an increase of 94 per cent year-on-year). Data for the first three quarters of 2018 indicate another increase in budget revenues—the State Treasury has been credited with the amount of PLN 445 million. The Ministry of Finance has not yet published the results for the last quarter of 2018, but crossing the barrier of PLN 600 million can be assumed. Increasing tax receipts and the growing share of the legal entities in the market are also due to the creation of the Registry of Domains Serving the Offering of Gambling Games in contravention to the Act. This register currently has 5,536 records covering companies that offer unlicensed services in violation of gambling law.

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