Poland’s State-Run Gambling Operator Sees Records Sales

Poland’s state-run gaming operator Totalizator Sportowy smashed its 2019 annual revenue records, due in part to the local online casino monopoly of the firm.

Totalizator Sportowy on Monday offered a snapshot of its 2019 results, during which total revenue topped PLN10.9b (US$ 2.59b), up from PLN6.1b in 2018 and a new all-time high for the group.

Totalizator Sportowy launched its Playtech-powered online casino Total Casino in December 2018, but in its 2019 report the company did not include any clear revenue figures other than to state that by the end of 2019, players on the site had “made over 1.3 billion spins” One of those spins led to a customer winning PLN759k ($180k), which currently stands as the site’s highest reward.

On the site’s first birthday, Totalizator Sportowy said it was expecting its online casino to produce PLN3.8b revenue, which would hit about 35 percent of the official 2019 total. The firm said Monday that over 320k customers had been registered by Total Casino and its sister site Lotto.pl, the same amount the company announced in December.

Total Casino launched its first Playtech live dealer product last month, starting slowly with a pair of blackjack tables and a roulette table.

Totalizator Sportowy announced a month ago that it has contributed almost PLN10 m to the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The company announced in late March that 10 percent of Lotto.pl revenue would be geared towards anti-pandemic efforts.

Totalizator Sportowy announced on March 15 that it was shutting down all 200-odd retail slot operations to limit further transmission of COVID-19. However, despite vowing to improve security controls to protect both consumers and employees, the company decided to retain much of its retail lottery operations.

Totalizator Sportowy has yet to say when it will reopen its retail operations but some private Polish bookmakers began reopening their retail operations last week, including the local betting giant STS, which reopened 440 betting shops that were closed on March 15.

Meanwhile, the blacklist of illegal online gambling domains in Poland continues to expand, having recently surpassed the 10k mark, up from about 7k at this point in last year. Sketchy Curacao-licensed pages, as always, make up the majority of new entries, while Denmark’s state-run Danske Spil and Betaland from Italy have made a few appearances.