Parliament passed an amendment to the Gambling Act, introducing the state monopoly on slot machine games. The aim of the amendment, as the government argues, is to reduce the gray economy and protection of the players. 244 deputies voted for the bill, 186 against, six abstentions.
The amendment completely changes the law from 2009, and also introduces a strong state control in the field of gaming. The current Polish law, adopted after the outbreak of the so-called ”gambling scandal” in the autumn of 2009, envisages prohibition of furnishing video lotteries and slot machine gambling outside casinos.
Poker outside of the Casino
Under the amendment, “gambling is random games, betting, card games, slot machines.” The document extends the list of games that will be able to be legal (allows eg. A game of poker outside casinos to play).
The document assumes that the “activities in the field of number games, lotteries, bingo and slot machines outside of the casino game is covered by the state monopoly.”
– State monopoly is the only solution that can reduce a large area of gray area today – said Deputy Finance Minister Wieslaw Janczyk on Wednesday in parliament.
Most of the provisions of the Act will enter into force on the 1’st of July 2017. Now the amendment goes to the Senate.