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Gambling law and barriers in Poland

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LEGISLATION ENACTED

Act of 29 July 1992 on games and mutual wagering

Regulation of 3 June 2003 on the conditions concerning the organisation of games of chance and mutual wagering

Regulation of 3 June 2003 on the execution of some provisions of the act on games of chance and mutual wagering

– Rozporządzenie Ministra Kultury z dnia 28 stycznia 2005 r. w sprawie szczegółowych warunków uzyskiwania dofinansowania realizacji zadań z zakresu kultury, trybu składania wniosków oraz przekazywania środków z Funduszu Promocji Kultury (Dz.U. 2005 nr 24 poz. 200) – Decree of the Ministry of finance on financial requirement in connection with gambling activities

– Rozporządzenie Ministra Finansów z dnia 15 grudnia 2004 r. zmieniające rozporządzenie w sprawie wykonania niektórych przepisów ustawy o grach i zakładach wzajemnych (Dz.U. 2004 nr 272 poz. 2691) – Decree of the Ministry of finance on requirement in connection with gambling activities

– Rozporządzenie Ministra Finansów z dnia 8 grudnia 2003 r. zmieniające rozporządzenie w sprawie wykonywania niektórych przepisów ustawy o grach i zakładach wzajemnych (Dz.U. 2003 nr 217 poz. 2133) – Decree of the Ministry of finance on requirement in connection with gambling activities

– Rozporządzenie Ministra Finansów z dnia 3 czerwca 2003 r. w sprawie wykonania niektórych przepisów ustawy o grach i zakładach wzajemnych (Dz.U. 2003 nr 102 poz. 948) – Decree of the Ministry of finance on requirement in connection with gambling activities

– Rozporządzenie Ministra Finansów z dnia 12 grudnia 2002 r. zmieniające rozporządzenie w sprawie wykonania niektórych przepisów ustawy o grach losowych, zakładach wzajemnych i grach na automatach (Dz.U. 2002 nr 221 poz. 1859) – Decree of the Ministry of finance on financial requirement in connection with gambling activities

– Rozporządzenie Ministra Finansów z dnia 18 grudnia 2001 r. zmieniające rozporządzenie w sprawie wykonania niektórych przepisów ustawy o grach losowych, zakładach wzajemnych i grach na automatach (Dz.U. 2001 nr 151 poz. 1707) – Decree of the Ministry of finance on financial requirement in connection with gambling activities

BARRIERS

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permits for the organisation and conduct of chance games, mutual wagering or slot machine games shall be granted by the minister responsible for public finance. The permits for the organisation and conduct of the slot machine games with low prizes shall be granted by the taxation chamber, within the jurisdiction of which such games are organised and conducted. If more than one entity, complying with requirements specified in the Law applies for the permit, the minister responsible for public finance shall announce and conduct a tender. The minister responsible for public finance can, by means of a resolution, authorize the specific taxation chamber and revenue offices for issuing the permits for the organisation of award lotteries, raffle bingo games, promotion lotteries and audio-tele lotteries, organized within the area of one voivodship and can determine a detailed description of the way of their issuing, providing for the protection of the participants’ rights and the necessity of a proper control regarding the conduct of games.

The permit for the organisation and conduct of chance games, mutual wagering or slot machine games shall not be issued if: 1) the founder or stockholder (shareholders) of the companies that conduct their business activity in the scope of chance games and mutual wagering that have at their disposal the stocks (shares) whose value exceeds one hundredth of their capital or the members of the management board, supervisory board or the board of control in these companies are the natural persons, legal persons or the companies without legal personality, towards which there are justified

reservation from point of view of state security or public order, 2) the members of the management board, supervisory board or board of control in the companies conducting their business activity within the scope of chance games and mutual wagering are the natural persons who are not Polish citizens or the citizens of one of the EU Member States, European Economic Area or Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development or 3) the legal proceeding have been initiated in the administration of justice institutions against the persons mentioned above due to the commitment of the crimes referred to in Art. 299 of the Penal Code (money laundering).

The activity in the scope of cylindrical games, card games, dice games, cash, bingo, mutual wagering, slot machine games or slot machine with low prizes can be

conducted exclusively in the form of joint stock company or a limited liability company with its seat on the territory of the Republic of Poland. The stocks (shares) in the companies’ referred above can be purchased or taken over by 1) a legal person or a company without legal personality with the seat on the territory of a Member State of EU or European Economic Area 2) a natural person who is a citizen of a Member State of EU or European Economic Area. The companies must comply with the regulations set out in the Polish Commercial Partnerships Code.

Award lotteries, raffle bingo, promotion lotteries and audio-tele lotteries can be organised by natural persons, legal persons and organisational units without legal personality on the basis of the granted permit. The games referred above can be organised as single events nationwide or locally.

Profit gained from award lotteries or raffle bingo shall be assigned in whole for the realisation of the socially-useful purposes, in particular for charity purposes that are determined in the permit and regulations.

The organisation of cylindrical games, card game sand dice games is allowed exclusively in casinos and the organisation of the slot machine games is allowed exclusively in casinos or in slot machines salons. The organisation of the slot machine games with low prizes is allowed exclusively in casinos or in slot machines games with low prizes. The organization of cash bingo is allowed exclusively in cash bingo salons. Mutual bets may be made exclusively in bet making points.

Casinos can be localized only in towns with the population up to 250.000 inhabitants

– 1 casino. The number of casinos can be increased by 1 for each newly commenced number of 250.000 inhabitants.

Slot machines salons and cash bingo salons can be localized in towns with the population up to 100 thousand inhabitants – 1 salon. The number of salons can be increased by 1 for each newly commenced number of 100 thousand inhabitants.

The number of inhabitants referred to above is determined on the basis of the data gathered by the Main Statistical Office for the purpose of keeping the record and statistics for the year preceding the year during which the organizator of the games submitted the application for granting the permit for the organisation and management of the casino, the cash bingo salon or the slot machine games salon.

Casinos and slot machine games salons can be also

localized on the seagoing passenger vessels and passengers ferries of Polish nationality, upon condition that a given game is organised during a voyage, it commences not sooner than 30 minutes after leaving the port and finishes not later than 30 minutes prior to the arrival at the port of destination.

The stands for the slot machine games with low prizes can be situated in gastronomic posts, commercial and service-rendering institutions that are situated at least 100 m from schools, educational institutions, social and medical welfare institutions and religious cult centres.

The advertising of video lotteries, cylindrical games, card games, dice games, mutual wagering, slot machines games and slot machine games with low prizes – within the meaning of encouraging to the participation on these games, convincing about their advantages, informing about the places they are held and the possibility of participation shall be prohibited on the territory of the Republic of Poland. The prohibition shall be exclusive of the advertising and information at the game salons and bookmaking points.

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