According to statistics from legal association Graj Legalnie, the regulated betting market in Poland created a combined turnover of PLN 6.7bn during 2019.
The figure shows a rise in combined turnover of 28.8 percent year-on-year, but the legal specialists highlighted that this number remains significantly lower than the turnover produced by the grey market in Poland.
Graj Legalnie noticed that the grey market now accounts for 60 percent of the Polish market after a period of increased unregulated operators activity. The association indicated that the Polish government would have made an additional PLN1.1bn in revenue had all of this income been paid.
STS accounts for 45.5 per cent of the market in the controlled sector while Fortuna has a market share of 31.3 per cent. ForBet was in third with a 6.1 per cent market share. The controlled sector added PLN800 m to the gambling taxes in 2019.
In November 2019, Graj Legalnie found that, despite the Polish Ministry of Finance blocking their sites, three unlicensed operators had produced 2.1 m visits in Poland.
The association has also announced that 1830 illegal gambling websites have been submitted to this list, 1303 of which have not yet been listed.
Graj Legalnie also added that ‘following in the footsteps of other European countries, a dedicated office which would be responsible for market regulation should be established in Poland.’ The dedicated office would be assigned a ‘precisely defined list of tasks’ which would be essentially modelled by the UKGC or the Malta Gaming Authority. The office ‘would enable a more effective oversight of the sector. It would also be more efficient in counteracting the recurrent grey market.’