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Polish Ministry of Finance warns on the use of gaming machines outside casinos and Salons

Niji Narayan

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Polish Ministry of Finance warns on the use of gaming machines outside casinos and Salons
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The Ministry of Finance in a statement warns that the use of gaming machines outside casinos and salons may expose entrepreneurs to legal consequences. They also remind that the Gambling Act permits the organisation of slot machine games only in game casinos and salons.

As we read in the communique, “obtaining the opinion of the testing unit, authorized by the Minister of Finance, from the technical examination of the machine does not guarantee the legality of its operation outside the casino and the games room. Only the decision of the Minister of Finance on the non-gambling character of the game on a given device ensures that such activity is carried out in accordance with the law” it was emphasized.

“Such a unit, which acts under the authority of the Minister of Finance, carries out technical tests of machines, random devices and gaming devices provided in the regulations, and issues opinions from these tests,” the release reads. As added, “this opinion merely states that the tested machine or gaming device meets (or does not) technical conditions.”

The resort indicated that the research unit in its opinions is not entitled to decide whether the game on a given device is a slot machine game within the meaning of the Gambling Act. “Only the Minister of Finance decides about it” it was noted.

The Resort also warns entrepreneurs about the offer of inserting machines into their premises in a situation where as the basis for its legal operation the opinion from the technical examination issued by the testing unit authorized by the Minister of Finance is called “the first fully legal device with official state certification.”

As we read in the warning, “such opinions do not authorize the lawful operation of such machines, and their use may expose the owners of premises to legal liability.”

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Totalizator Sportowy Hits PLN5.2 Billion in Overall Sales 2019

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Olgierd Cieślik, the President of Totalizator Sportowy, has announced that his company’s new Total Casino product had returned profits of PLN48m to the government since the site’s launch in December 2018.

Total spending on the site hit PLN2.3b, of which all but PLN100m was returned to the site’s customers, whose ranks currently stand at over 64k. One of these lucky customers won a PLN514k jackpot in July, the biggest payday in the site’s eight-month history.

Totalizator Sportowy’s overall sales in the year to date hit PLN5.2b, almost equalling the PLN6.1b sales figure the company generated in all of 2018. Cieślik said Total Casino’s performance to date has “not only met our expectations, but are better than we expected.”

Besides Totalizator Sportowy, Poland currently has 14 online gambling licensees, all of which are limited to sports betting. The government protects these licensees by constantly expanding its blacklist of unauthorised online gambling domains deemed to be serving Polish punters without local approval.

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STS Deals with BetGames.TV

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Bookmaker STS has signed an exclusive deal with BetGames.TV to launch the gaming developer’s products in Poland.

BetGames.TV’s offering has already gone live on the STS.pl website, with mobile applications set to launch in the country next week, the bookmaker said. The tenure of the deal was not disclosed.

“We implement modern solutions, developing our functionalities to ensure that our customers have access to a unique offer. The agreement with BetGames.TV has allowed us to introduce a wide range of TV games to our website,” Mateusz Juroszek, chief executive of STS said.

STS is the dominant force in the Polish sports betting sector with 80% of its revenue generated by online and mobile channels.

The company’s products are now available in the UK and Germany, as well as Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia.

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Merkur Sportwetten Rebrands Totolotek

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Merkur Sportwetten GmbH has started its expansion in the Polish online gambling market by rebranding its newly acquired Polish sports betting provider Totolotek. Totolotek has been a part of Merkur since April 2019.

“Totolotek is one of the most renowned sports betting providers in Poland. By integrating Totolotek into our company structure, we want to further advance its success and sustainably strengthen its position in the market. We are convinced that we will succeed in doing this with our innovative products and by drawing on our experience and financial strength,” Niko Steinkrauß, MD of Merkur Sportwetten said.

The Totolotek betting shops in Warsaw are now shining with the laughing MERKUR sun as a widely visible trademark. The shops were fitted out with high-quality “Made in Germany” betting terminals. All Totolotek stationary points of sale will be branded in the new Merkur look before the European Football Championship in 2020.

Totolotek’s online presence has also been revamped so that Merkur sports betting can be experienced at any time and any place. The highlight of the new www.totolotek.pl website is its user interface. All of the betting options can also be called up conveniently and securely using the Totolotek app for Android smartphones.

“Such an extensive modernisation as the one undergone by Totolotek has never before taken place in the Polish sports betting market! The great commitment of our parent company is paying dividends: The response from our customers is overwhelming, both in the betting shops and online,” Adam Lamentowicz, CEO of Totolotek said.

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