An anti-gambling campaign has been organized by Polish leaders in an attempt to ban Internet gambling.
Members of the government and the gambling industry have been involved in numerous scandals. An investigation, known as “Operation Blackjack”, uncovered wired tapped conversations and certain high officials were forced to resign as a result of accusations that they were allowing the gambling industry to sway their decision. This has led to the Minister for Sport and the Deputy Prime Minister resigning from their positions.
Many have speculated that the country is struggling to fund the 2012 European Football Championships that it is due to co-host with Ukraine and is therefore seeking to increase revenue by raising taxes on the gambling industry.
Online gamblers in Poland do not feel that the proposal is a threat to them as there have been many unsuccessful attempts in the past to ban online gambling in their country.