SlotsMillion and ShadowBet no longer accept Polish traffic

Last week SlotsMillions and ShadowBet have released an important news following a market regulation change which accrued in December 2016 and was to take effect on April 1, 2017. Indeed both companies have announced that as of April 1st they’ll be closing all Polish players accounts and would no longer accept Polish players. This is an important shift in the casino industry because the Polish market has always been an interesting one for online gambling operators. Until Poland’s legislative chambers gave their assent to changes to the Polish Gambling Act online gambling company could operate freely in this grey market. The proposed amendments to the current lay aim to prohibit internationally licensed operators that continue to serve Polish and no later than July 1st, 2017 and all transactions from unauthorized gambling site will be blocked.

   
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What happened to the player’s funds?

Generally, when an online casino operator decided to close all players account from certain markets, players will still be able to login into their account until a defined date. However, players will be forbidden to deposit additional funds or play any remaining ones. Players can generally withdraw any funds remaining in their account via bank transfer. Should players have an active bonus, he/she will be asked to cancel it before requesting a withdraw.

Can we expect all casinos to close Polish website?

Possibly not! An important twist in the law will still allow online casinos to have a polish version of their website to cater for Polish players who have a residence outside of Poland. Which means that Polish players who are located in the United Kingdom or anywhere else in Europe will still have access to a localised version of the site. However, we can certainly expect online casinos to advertise deposit bonus and promotion prizepool in euros or in sterling. Should you be affected by the legislation change and have further questions do not hesitate to contact the customer support team of either brands. They are on standby to answer any questions you may have and are always keen to help!