Totalizator Sportowy’s racing subsidiary among new Polish licensees

4 December 2018

Poland has doubled the number of online betting licensees in 2018 after the Ministry of Finance awarded the country’s 13th and 14th permits.

Sports betting operator Typiko and Traf Zakłady Wzajemne, a subsidiary of state-owned gaming operator Totalizator Sportowy, are now allowed to launch online betting platforms after obtaining six-year licences from the Ministry.

Neither company has yet issued further details as to when the sites will go live.

Traf Zakłady Wzajemne is a horse racing wagering operator which offers bets on races organised by Totalizator Sportowy in Poland.

Typiko, meanwhile, was founded in Bielsko-Biała in 2016 and is chaired by former Bet Sport Poland executive Aleksandra Kuliniak.

Cherry, Betclic Everest, Totalbet, BetFan and Ewinner have each obtained licences since the start of the year, joining the likes of Fortuna and LVBet in the market. Hundreds of domains, including major operators such as Unibet and Bet365, have also been added to the Ministry of Finance’s blacklist since the Poland's gambling market was re-regulated in 2016.

Many operators have chosen to steer clear of Poland since its new regulatory system was introduced due to the hefty 12% turnover tax, which the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) warned would “fail to build an attractive regime and … prevent licensed operators from providing the required level of value and choice to Polish consumers.”

However, the regulated online market has grown significantly the past year, with the Ministry of Finance reporting that online sports betting has helped revenue for the sector grow 22% year-on-year to €2.7bn ($3.1bn) in 2017. The government also noted that the licensed online operators’ market share had had risen to 40% by December 31, 2017.

Totalizator Sportowy, which is the only company allowed to offer online casino, is set to launch its Playtech-powered iLotto platform this week.