Poland – Totolek becomes first in Poland to launch virtual sportsBy Phil - 26 April 2017
Totolotek, a Polish sports betting operator owned by Intralot, has become the first in the country, to launch a virtual sports betting service, in partnership with Betradar.
The launch follows changes to the Polish Gambling legislation which came into effect on April 1, allowing gambling companies to organise bets on virtual events.
Totolotek Chief Executive Adam Lamentowicz said: “We believe that this kind of gaming will be of great interest to our customers; it is fast and much more accessible than betting on real games. We have put a lot of work into making the simulations as realistic and elaborate as possible, and placed a lot of data inside so as to enable players to analyse possible results. Betting on virtual sports events is increasingly popular in other countries, and has been available for many years. In Poland, betting on such events was made possible by the provisions of the amended Gambling Law, effective since April.”
Neale Deeley, Managing Director Virtual Gaming at Betradar, added: “We are really excited to launch with Totolotek; punters around the world place millions of bets on Betradar virtual sports every week and now punters in Poland can enjoy the same thrilling experience.”
Some of the team names debuting in the first virtual league include Łódź Reds, Warsaw Military and Gdynia Herrings. Details of ongoing virtual games and bets offered by Totolotek are displayed on screens at its sales outlets, and soon also on Totoloteks’s website. Initially, simulations include virtual football clubs, horse races and dog races. In May, simulations of games played by national teams will be made available too. Totolotek is also working to introduce betting on virtual basketball and tennis.