The Polish government has issued a warning to online gamblers in the country that they could be prosecuted should they play online using offshore unregulated online operators.
The announcement by the government is the first ever move to prosecute players instead of operators for unlicensed online gambling.
A statement on the website of the Ministry of Finance’s website says it has proof of more than 24,000 gamblers playing online within the country using unlicensed online gambling sites from outside the country. It also says they have started criminal investigations against some 1,100 players.
Polish gambling law states that any online operator wishing to offer services in the country must have their servers based in the country and have to carry the domain ending .pl.
It also states that all money transactions would have to run exclusively through Polish banks, with the tax rate was set at 12% for operators.
There have been many objections to the Polish regulations and the government has said it will consider in the future that operators only need to have a local branch not all the servers based in the country.