Poland Still Struggling To Stop Illegal Gambling

Poland’s Supreme Audit Office (NIK), the body tasked with safeguarding public spending, has said that the country is still struggling to tackle illegal gambling despite the various, often controversial, tools at its disposal.

According to the report, since amendments to the Gambling Act entered into force on April 1, 2017, the effectiveness of supervision over the gambling industry by the national treasury and Ministry of Finance has increased.

However, the value of the “illegal” betting market in Poland has also increased by 42 percent since 2015 to over PLN4bn (€924m) in 2018.

Despite the legal betting market growing at a much faster rate of over 700 percent during the same period, its market value in 2018 was only PLN3.9bn.

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