One of Poland’s bookmakers, Totolotek SA, is shutting down its operations even as one of the country’s licenses raises eyebrows over what its claims are the firm’s ties with a rogue international operator.
Totolotek announced it was planning to shut down all its 116 retail centers in Poland starting the 31st of March. This move was brought about by the impact of COVID-19 on its retail centers’ operations, resulting in its bettors’ migration, a Polish-licensed operator.
This closure will cause redundancy of approximately 150 workers, to whom the firm promised to offer support in securing new employment. The operator, who part-owned by Merkur Sportwetten subsidiary, noted that betting customers will have three months to collect their pending wagers that turn out to be winners.
In the meantime, local reports indicate that the Ministry of Finance had approval to 20th operator Bukmacherska Sp.zoo, that will offer betting services under the Fuksiarz brand.
The board of directors at Betsson includes the firm’s CEO, Pontus Lindwall. The firm refused to seek a Polish license, and its domains are common on the blacklist prepared by the Ministry of Finance, one of the few sites serving the polish market without permission. Three more of the firm’s domains were added to the list merely a weak ago. Another brand associated with the operator is Betsafe, also a regular on the list.
Seemingly, Bukmacherrska’ association with Betsson has angered a segment of the locals, leading them to question the Ministry’s lack of action against his involvement. The Finance Ministry issued a response saying that each operator who comes is unauthorized will cause the country’s economy to shrink further, fulfilling the betting laws’ requirements.