Poland makes online gambling legal, but an impossible business model

Polish politicians have found a way to give the people what they are demanding, but still, do what they wanted to do anyway.  Due to insider conflicts and the effects of big money, the legislature of Poland has been firmly opposed to online gambling, however, that contrasted drastically with a population pushing for a legal way to gamble online, especially young voters who made waves on the issue over the last decade.  But as politicians often do, those in Poland found a way to appease the masses while at the same time keep the money and support from big donors.

How are they doing it?  mainly through two measures that were part of the original legislation that allowed online gambling to begin with.  It is unclear if they wrote the original legislation intentionally at the time with wording that allows for what they are doing now, or they are merely taking advantage of the wording of the original.  In any event, whether it was intentional or not, the group that oversees only gambling is taking advantage of two easily manipulated rules to basically make online gambling non-viable for any company.

The first manipulation is simply with the fees and how they are charged to online casino operators.  Many online casinos are actually owned a single company.. in some cases a single company can own five or more online casinos that operate basically as a single casino with multiple websites.   Usually, at the bottom of a casino´s website, you can see the company name and easily research which other casinos that company operates.   The websites will have different names, but for the most part, the games available and promotions are the same across all of that company´s casinos.  This fact is being used by the Polish government by forcing fees on a per casino basis, not by the parent company.  This, of course, can drastically increase the expenses at each individual casino and make it difficult to recoup that fee from polish players.

The second manipulation is with the so-called blacklist that was created as a way to protect players in Poland.  What was mainly seen as a consumer protection process to get rid of shady casino operators has turned into a legal and logistics nightmare for casinos trying to operate in Poland?   The threshold to be blacklisted has become so weak that many casinos become blacklisted for even minor player complaints and the bureaucracy and time-frame necessary to become unblacklisted makes it almost not worth the effort for such a relatively small marketplace.

In any event, the politicians can look at young voters and say they created a law that allows online gambling, but at the same time make it impossible for online casinos to operate in Poland with any chance of profitability.  The end result is that online casinos will simply leave the country, which is what the politicians wanted to begin with.