This is an image of Hotel Grand Sopot and Casino in Poland, the building was photographed from the beach. Under the image, on the page you can learn more about the poker, bingo, lottery, casino gambling, online gambling, bitcoin gambling laws, regulations and legislation in the Republic of Poland.
Poland Gambling Guide

 

Gambling is legal in Poland (officially the Republic of Poland). Online gambling is also legal, since the Act on Gambling Games (Ustawa o grach hazardowych), signed into law on June 30, 2011. However, online poker, online bingo, online casinos are still illegal within the country (despite promising for years that they will open up the gambling market for private companies, only online sports betting, online lottery for the national lottery, and promotional lotteries are legal).

Almost all forms of online and offline gambling in Poland were largely unregulated prior to 2009, before the current defining piece of gambling legislation the 2009 Act on Gambling Games* was enacted. This law imposed restrictions mostly on casinos in Poland. It limited the scope, scale and location of their operations, and still to this day, there are barely any casinos in Poland, only 13, which is not much for a country of 38 million (in comparison: the neighboring Czech Republic has 71 casinos for only 10 million people). The legislation also originally outlawed all forms of online gambling in the country.

The 2011 amendment to the Act allowed for the operation of online betting sites (no other forms of online gambling is allowed, only online sports betting) but with severe limitations. It only allowed Polish companies (owned by Polish individuals, registered and with a physical presence in Poland) to operate online bookmakers, accepting people only from Poland. Since 2011, Poland’s authorities have only approved four licensees: Fortuna Entertainment, Millenium, STS and Totolotek**. These domestic sports betting companies don’t really do that well and the the market continues to be dominated by superior foreign international online bookmakers (unlicensed offshore operators have a 51% market share according to Polish Supreme Audit Office). This is a serious problem, because even though they want to get a license, they can’t and therefore they also don’t pay taxes.

EU authorities expressed concerns about the current legislation being incompliant with EU directives aiming to guarantee the free flow of products and services between member states.  Addressing these concerns, another amendment to the Act on Gambling Games was signed into law in 2016. The amendment allows for companies from other EU member states to set up gaming operations in Poland – provided, they have a physical branch and a Polish speaking representative in the country.

Other amendments to the Act since enabled the national lottery company, Totalizator Sportowy to offer its products online** .

Polish authorities did not block unlicensed websites prior to 2017, since then many of the unlicensed online gambling websites offering poker, bingo, casino games or any of the games illegal in Poland are blocked. Only the bigger websites seem to be blocked, players are sometimes prosecuted.  In November 2014, the Polish Ministry of Finance published an official announcement on its website warning Polish players that if they gamble on foreign online platforms, they can face legal action – a fine, and criminal indictment. The ministry also stated that they have information about more than 24,000 players who have been participating in overseas gambling, including 17,700 players who have won a total of PLN 27 million ($6,97 million) in 2013. The Regulator has already initiated more than 1,100 criminal investigations in this area, and further proceedings will be initiated against the players who have received the highest winnings***. However, it turned to be nothing more than scare tactics, most of these investigations were ended with small fines and winners had to pay taxes on their winnings and back-taxes (because none of them paid any taxes on their gambling winnings, even though it is taxable income, a lesson to be learned!, see below for more at the taxation section). Since 2014 there weren’t any further mass prosecutions in Poland. The prosecutions most likely stopped, however, no official info on it, it’s best to just stick to licensed operators.

Authorities expressly mentioned that they are only after those with the highest winnings. Small scale recreational players do not face high risks. Nevertheless, because of the litigiousness of the Polish government we do not recommend playing in unlicensed foreign online casinos from Poland. The few online gambling companies which are on the website all have a gambling licences that allow them to accept players from Poland. You can find them below. If they are blocked in the  country or if they no longer accept Polish players please let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
/Interestingly most of these gambling platforms are online casinos + sports betting websites + poker networks all in one, and they are able to circumvent the ban on online casinos games (not technically a ban, there is just no specific online casino licence available to private companies in Poland) by getting a sports betting licence instead (technically a betting licence, which is important in this case). Therefore even their Polish players can play slots online, apparently the government doesn’t really mind this as long as they get their taxes, or they are just not aware of this because of some “accounting magic” on part of these gambling companies. Either way, if you know more about this, about how do these gambling companies offer online slots with a sports betting licence to Polish players please let me know, they didn’t respond about this when approached them by email. I don’t want to assume it’s illegal, but it sure looks interesting./

Apart from the 13 casinos there are also hundreds of slot halls (they only have gaming machines, no live dealer tables, dice games or card games, so called electronic casinos). All of these are operated by a state-owned company called Totalizator Sportowy, which also owns the lottery. Private companies can not operate slot parlours.

 

Gambling license Poland

Currently it’s only possible to get an online sports betting licence (betting licence) by Polish companies owned by Polish people residing in Poland, or by foreign companies through a Polish subsidiary with a Polish representative living in Poland.

Apart from these, private entities can also get a special licence to organize promotional online lotteries.

Online betting and promotional lotteries are the only forms of online gambling currently allowed to be organised by private entities. Other forms of online gambling are restricted to the state-owned company (Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o.).

In terms of land-based gambling, the following license are available:

 

There can only be one casino and bingo saloon in a single location (village or city) up to 250,000 inhabitants. For each next 250,000 inhabitants, the maximum number of permitted establishments is increased by one (for example, two casinos are available for up to 500,000 inhabitants, three casinos are available for up to 750,000 inhabitants and so on), but there cannot be more than one casino per total population of 650,000 inhabitants in a single province (województwo).
Casinos can be also run aboard sea passenger ships and passenger ferries. However, these casinos must be closed while in port. Therefore cruise ships entering Polish ports always close their casinos.

Slot machine parlours can only be operated by the state-owned company Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o. There is also a limit on the number of slot machines which can operate in them, with no more than one machine per 1,000 inhabitants allowed in a single county.

 

Poland Gambling tax

 

Gambling tax is paid monthly into the account of the competent Tax Office. The tax on poker is deducted from winnings by the tournament organiser.
In addition to gambling tax, winnings in certain gambling games are subject to personal income tax (e.g.: winnings from unlicensed foreign online gambling websites, any type of money won abroad). However, winnings obtained in Poland from slot machine games, card games, dice games, cylindrical games, cash bingo, and raffle bingo are exempt of personal income tax. And winnings in number games, lotteries, betting and telebingo are subject to a fixed rate tax of 10% if their value exceeds PLN2,280 (paid by the organizer, only applies to domestic establishments, if them money was won outside of Poland they there is no fixed rate,).
Online gambling tax Poland: no special online gambling tax, the above tax rates apply to the online versions of the games as well.

Social gambling in Poland is not regulated. Loot boxes are not considered a form of gambling in Poland according to the Ministry of Finance*****.

 

Sources:

*Government of Poland – Gambling Law 2009 (English translation)

**Polish authorities to prosecute online gamblers

***Poland’s Gambling Legislation Costs Millions in Missed Tax Revenue

****Poland: Polish Regulator threatens to prosecute players

*****GamingTechLaw – Gaming loot boxes reviewed in Poland and in Australia

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Poland

The following online gambling websites accept players from Poland

 

RichPrize Casino

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USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
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  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

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  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

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  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
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North American players are not accepted.
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  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
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  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

 

Summary:

 

 

Casino gambling in Poland

 

Online casino gambling in Poland: illegal, players who play in unlicensed online casinos are prosecuted, some are licensed and okay, you can read the details below

 

Casinos are legal and licensed in Poland, although the 2009 Act on Gambling Games imposed restrictions on their operations, such as an upper limit for gaming tables set to 70, higher tax rates and limited the number of casinos. The legislation also condemned most gambling to casino establishments and state-run slot halls and slots in bars and pubs were banned (similar to Hungary, except in Hungary there are no slot halls only casinos). Unsurprisingly there are only 12 remaining casinos in the country (but there are hundreds of slot parlours).

Online casinos are currently outlawed in Poland and there doesn’t seem to be any change on the horizon. Polish authorities restrict access to foreign casino sites and they have started to prosecute players who frequent offshore online casinos. The risks for small time players are reasonably small, authorities expressly stated that they would go after players with the highest winnings. Still, we do not recommend visiting unlicensed online casinos. The only way licensed gambling websites seem to get around the law is to get a sports betting license, which is legal (see below) and if they have that they let their Polish players use the casino games on their website as well if they register and probably report the generated revenue as sports betting to the authorities and taxes are deducted from that (allegedly, I don’t know for certain, and I don’t want to get sued for slander, it’s also possible that they funnel the revenue through an intermediary, which has a license and the intermediary says it’s all sports betting only, or a combination of this). Apparently as long as the state gets it’s tax revenue they turn a blind eye to this (alleged) small bending of the rules, and tax revenue is all any government really cares about at the end of day, after all the showy, touchy-feely political slogans and campaigning.  The licensed online casinos below all do this, and accept Polish players, and you can play casinos games as well on their websites. It’s a win-win, the governments gets its cut, and you get access to their top-quality, latest video slots and live casino games.

The licensed online casinos below accept players from Poland. If they no longer accept players from Poland, or if they are blocked in the country for some reason, please let me know and leave a message in the comments section, and I will update the webpage. Thank you.

Online casinos accepting players from Poland - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Poland:

 

RichPrize Casino

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RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

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Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

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European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

Click here for more info on casinos in the Republic of Poland.

 

 

Bingo in Poland

 

Online bingo in Poland: illegal, players are prosecuted

 

Land based commercial bingo is legal and licensed in Poland. However, online bingo is illegal, according to current laws. The national lottery company Totalizator Sportowy has a monopoly over a televised bingo game and an online bingo-like game (it’s not exactly bingo).

Foreign online bingo websites are banned by ISPs and private companies can not get a licence.

The following online bingo websites accept players from Poland:

We do not recommend playing bingo online from Poland. There are no licensed online bingo sites and using unlicensed online gambling site can get you in trouble.

 

Poker in Poland

 

Online poker in Poland: illegal, players are prosecuted when playing in unlicensed poker networks, some are licensed and okay, you can read the details below

 

Poker is considered to be a game of skill instead of gambling in many countries, not in Poland. It’s  a card game, a special category within the gambling legislation, but it is part of the gambling legislation, therefore poker is considered a game of chance.

Land based commercial poker is legal and regulated in Poland, but can only be played inside licensed brick and mortar casinos, most of the 12 has some sort of poker. None of the slot halls have any kind of card games.

Online poker is illegal for now, but it will most likely be legalised in the next couple of years, rumor has it – along with online casinos gambling. A draft was already introduced to legalise online poker in Poland in 2016 (nothing was heard of it ever since, but this is common, bureaucracy works REALLY slow). For now, most major foreign poker platforms are inaccessible from the country. Small-scale poker players do not face any serious risks, as authorities claimed they only started investigations against the highest winning Polish players. Nevertheless, it is risky to play poker online from Poland on unlicensed websites, and therefore we do not recommend it. However, just like in case of online casinos games, some companies apparently managed to find a way around the legislation. Because sports betting licences are possible to acquire, some foreign gambling companies acquired the aforementioned licenses (you can see them below) and they also allow Polish who register on their websites to play casinos games, sports betting, but also to paly poker. How exactly this is made legal is not clear, but probably, allegedly, this is done through an intermediary. The poker networks are not actually part of the same company as the gambling website, they are just hosted on the website. Perhaps, the website doesn’t send the location of the players (perhaps on purpose, perhaps not…) to the poker network company, but it’s also possible, that the poker company, (which are always registered in offshore tax havens…), don’t care about the regulation (outside of jurisdiction) and if pressed they will just shift the blame on the online gambling company, or vice versa. No one knows for certain, both could work. What is certain is that the Polish government get it’s tax revenue and they seem to be fine with whatever accounting or legal shenanigan makes this possible, and obviously it is not public information. As long as the government get its fair share in the form taxes they seems to turn a blind eye, and you get to play poker from Poland against players from all over the world.

The online poker websites below accept players from Poland. If they no longer accept players from Poland, or if they are blocked in the country for some reason, please let me know and leave a message in the comments section, and I will update the webpage. Thank you.

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from the Republic of Poland - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from Poland:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

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Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
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  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Sports betting in Poland

 

Online sports betting in Poland: legal, license required

 

Land based sports betting, parimutuel betting, and betting in general are legal and licensed in Poland, in fact, apart from online lottery (see below) they are currently the only forms of online gambling. Online sports betting is the only form of online gambling, where private companies are allowed onto the market as well. There are four domestic betting companies that operate legal betting shops in the country: Fortuna Entertainment, Millenium, STS and Totolotek. All of these four operators have obtained an online betting license as well. Apart from these some of the big international bookmakers also have a Polish licence (you can see their websites below). The sports betting license system is in place since the  2011 amendment to the 2009 Act on Gambling Games, and foreign companies are allowed in since 2017.

Foreign online bookmakers were outlawed for a long time and the government issued a threat that it would prosecute the highest winning online gamblers who won their money on unlicensed gambling websites. However, smaller scale players face very low risks for placing bets with foreign online bookmakers, we still don’t recommend it. All of the online bookmakers below have valid gambling licenses, and accept players from Poland legally.

The online sportsbooks below accept players from Poland. If any of the websites below are blocked or no longer accept Polish players let me know in the comments section below. Thank you.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Poland - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from the Republic of Poland:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

Lottery in Poland

 

Online lottery in Poland: legal, state monopoly, except for temporary promotional lotteries

 

Just like almost everywhere in Europe, the lottery is a state monopoly (in 90% of European countries this is the case). All lottery games in Poland are the monopoly of Totalizator Sportowy, the national lottery company. The company was not allowed to offer its products online for quite a long time, for legal reasons, till 2017, making the Polish lottery one of the last in Europe to have an online platform (most of the others already sold lottery tickets online by 2010).

Foreign online lottery website are illegal, but unlike in the case of online casinos websites they are not blocked, also people who purchase lottery tickets from them online are not prosecuted. However, lotto.pl does have Eurojackpot on their website, therefore visiting offshore lottery websites is superfluous. You can still purchase lottery tickets in person when you are visiting other countries as a tourist, it’s perfectly legal, despite some internet rumors to the contrary.

The government in 2014 started a mass prosecution of people who visited unlicensed gambling sites and won a significant amount of money. Some of them won money on foreign lottery websites. This mass prosecution made it clear that none of these winners paid any taxes on their lottery winnings from abroad. This resulted in big fines and significant back-taxes. Therefore if you are lucky enough to win money on the lottery in another country or online don’t forget to contact an accountant and pay taxes on it.

Apart from the national lottery, the following websites allow people from Poland to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Poland

 

Bitcoin gambling in Poland: not regulated

 

Bitcoin is not illegal in Poland. However, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) and Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) do not recognize it as currency. There is also no specific cryptocurrency gambling regulation at all in the country. Until bitcoin is recognized as currency it is unlikely that any Polish casino, slot parlour, or any of the websites of Totalizator Sportowy would accept it. Currently none of the domestic gambling companies, or land-based establishments accept any alternative digital currency. However, the foreign websites with a Polish license (see below) accept bitcoin, litecoin and one of them even ethereum. These online gambling companies work with payment processors which do recognize these blockchain based digital assets as currency, allowing deposits and withdrawals in bitcoin, litecoin or ethereum even for Polish players.

The following Bitcoin casinos below accepts players from Poland.

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from the Republic of Poland - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from the Republic of Poland:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country, especially if you are from Poland or nearby.

 

This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2020-12-31

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An overview of the legal status of online gambling, poker, lottery, bingo, bitcoin gambling in Poland. The country has very restrictive laws pertaining to online gambling and it is the only European country that is sometimes actively prosecutes players.
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