William Hill has joined some of its competitors by moving out of the Polish iGaming market after the country brought in a new gambling law.
The company shot a letter to all stakeholders in Poland, informing them that it intends to stop offering its products in Poland prior to April 1.
Customers can withdraw their funds from the site until April 1. Post this date, they will have to contact customer support to do the same.
Apart from this, William Hill has informed all affiliates to take off any marketing material directed at Polish customers from their websites.
Despite withdrawing from the market, William Hill intends to return to the market in the future.
In December, the Polish government approved a new Gambling Act that will add a 12% tax on wagering turnover.
With such a high rate of tax, operators feel the Polish market is not profitable.
In retaliation, several operators have decided to cease operations in the country on April 1. EnergyBet announced its withdrawal earlier in the week.
Totalizator Sportowy will remain the monopoly in Poland, with total control over the online gaming market.
Bookmaker giant Betfred has extended its long-standing partnership with Playtech until beyond 2020.
The new deal includes the renewal and extension of Playtech’s casino content, progressive jackpots and access to more than 600 games.
Betfred will also take part in Playtech’s exclusive licensee cash casino network promotion on new DC-branded film and television properties. This new promotion will be launched at the end of the month and continue for four weeks.
Titles such as Warner Bros and DC like ‘Batman Classic TV Series’, ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Superman’, the promotion will feature across Playtech games, such as ‘Buffalo Blitz’ and ‘Halloween Fortune 2’.
“Agreeing today’s extension is a great way to start 2017. Playtech are one of our most important partners and enable us to offer our players the industry’s leading gaming experience,” said Rakesh Chablani, managing director at Betfred.
The deal also permits Betfred players to access Playtech’s bingo, poker and live casino games as well.
“We’re delighted to have agreed this renewal with Betfred, one of our key partners and licensees. I’m also very pleased on a personal note. Betfred was one of the first contracts I put together when I joined Playtech more than 10 years ago so to agree this with them until beyond 2020 is fantastic news,” said Mor Weizer, chief executive of Playtech.
World football superstar, Neymar, who is mired in a corruption case regarding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona, now runs the risk of spending two years in prison.
Not just that, but the Spanish prosecutors want the Barcelona forward to be charged with a massive $10.6 million fine.
Neymar isn’t the only individual facing the heat in this matter. The list also includes former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, and Neymar’s father Neymar Santos Sr who are also facing a potential incarceration of three years or more.
In 2014, authorities found out that Neymar’s original transfer fee of €57.1 million ($60.3m) was actually €86.2 million ($91m). DIS Esporte informed this to authorities. The company had moved to court for its 40% share of the high-profile transfer.
Barcelona FC’s former Club VP and current president Josep Maria Bartomeu, was also incriminated in the case and was then charged with tax fraud.
Neymar is one of the biggest names in the world of football. He endorses several brands included online poker website PokerStars.
Like Neymar, his friend and teammate Lionel Messi to has had his fair share of problems with tax authorities in Spain.
Venue: Stade de France
Date: Sunday, July 10
France take on Portugal in the final of Euro 2016 on Sunday. With both sides full of talented stars, fans can expect a brilliant finish to a brilliant tournament. After the recent terror attacks in Paris, the country is looking up to its footballers to deliver some much-needed good news.
Les Blues have been steady performers right through the tournament. They have played shown all the qualities that define a winning team. In the absence of Karim Benzeman, Antoine Griezmann has stepped up to the occasion for the hosts.
Despite injuries and suspensions, Didier Deschamps has shown that his French side is capable of dealing with adversities even against the best opponents like Germany.
Portugal enjoyed a rather easy end of the draw. They played Poland, Croatia and Wales en route to the finals. Many are still not convinced of this team, barring skipper Cristiano Ronaldo who has hit form at the right time.
There is brilliance going forward, but Portugal’s midfield and defense has been found wanting on several occasions. In the final, they will once again rely on the likes of Ronaldo and Nani for inspiration.
France will go in as the favorites for this one. The side has too much quality on paper and is likely to come through. Also, the home crowd will be the twelfth man for France and Portugal will need some individual brilliance to silence the Stade de France.
Fans of Ronaldo will be hoping he ends his trophy drought with the national team. In a sense it is he who stands between France and a cathartic win on Sunday.
Possible starting XIs
Portugal: Rui; Soares, Fonte, Alves, Guerreiro; Pereira; Sanches, Silva, Mario; Nani, Ronaldo
France: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra; Pogba, Matuidi; Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud
Under 3 goals in the match
Griezmann to score
France 2-1 Portugal
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Date: Wednesday, July 6
Portugal take on Wales in the first semi-final of Euro 2016 in what many believe will be a cracker of a contest. This match is also being billed as a duel between Real Madrid teammates and world football superstars Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal have not really set this tournament on fire and have relied largely upon individual brilliance of Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma.
Fernando Santos’ men have failed to seal the deal in regular play right through the tournament and have relied on extra-time or penalties to progress.
Wales have improved as the tournament has progressed and clear signs of confidence can now be seen within Chris Coleman’s giant killers.
Apart from the brilliance of Bale and Aaron Ramsey, skipper Ashley Williams has defended resolutely and lead by example.
Surprisingly, Bale has outperformed Ronaldo at the event is clearly enjoying a dream run with his national side.
While Lionel Messi retired from international football after failing to win the Copa America, Ronaldo can edge in arch rival in this department if he were to go all the away at the Euros.
Possible starting line-ups:
Portugal XI: Rui; Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Eliseu; Carvalho; Mario, Sanches, Silva; Nani, Ronaldo
Wales XI: Hennessey; Chester, Williams, Davies; Gunter, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Taylor; Bale; Robson-Kanu
Cristiano Ronaldo to score
Gareth Bale to score
Over 2.5 goals in match
Portugal 2-1 Wales
Venue: Stade De France
Date: Sunday, July 3
The last quarterfinal of Euro 2016 has France taking on Iceland. The home side will be hoping there is no upset against the underdogs to ensure a place in the semi-final.
Without a doubt, Iceland’s journey has been the biggest story of the tournament. Neutrals spectators will clearly be rooting for the minnows in this high-profile game.
Les Blue beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 to win a place in the quarterfinal. Iceland stunned England 2-1 to set up a date with the hosts.
Didier Deschamps will be without key midfielder N’Golo Kante for this fixture. Adil Rami too is suspended, while exciting young star Kingsley Coman is a doubt too. Iceland have a fully fit squad at their disposal for the most important football match in their nation’s history.
The two teams have played on 11 occasions, France won 8 and three matches did not produce any result. Plenty of goals have been scored when the two sides met recently. France won both games 3-2.
The French have a solid record on home soil in major tournaments. They have won 14 and drawn 2 of their last 16 games. Also, their defense has done a good job in this campaign. Both goals conceded by France came from the penalty spot.
Iceland have scored in all their Euro 2016. Interestingly, different players have scored all their goals. The manager has opted to start with the same set of players in all their games so far.
Possible starting line-ups:
France XI: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra; Matuidi, Kanté, Pogba; Griezmann, Giroud, Payet
Iceland XI: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R. Sigurdsson, Skulason; Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, G. Sigurdsson, Bjarnason; Sigborsson, Bodvarsson
France 2-0 Iceland
Under 2.5 goals in match
Paul Pogba to score
Venue: Nouveau Stade Bordeaux
Date: Saturday, July 2
Italy take on Germany is what is undoubtedly the biggest clash of the tournament so far. Both teams are capable of handling pressure and can certainly turn it on in the big games.
The World Cup winners were knocked out of the last edition by Italy in a 2-1 win
Unfortunately for Antonio Conte, defensive midfielder Danielle De Rossi will miss this fixture through injury. Even winger Antonio Candreva is struggling to regain full fitness. Joachim Low has no concerns in that department.
Italy are the bogey team for Germany when it comes to big tournaments. In their last 8 meetings, the Azzurri has won 4, with 4 producing no results. What’s worse is the fact the Italians’ 4 wins have all come at the knockout stages.
The Germans on the other hand have been consistent at major tournaments, reaching the semi-finals in their last five attempts.
One more statistic that will boost German hopes is the fact they are the only team in the tournament to not have conceded a goal so far. They have been superb in attack, controlling 69% of the possession in four outings.
Though it need not be said, Italy too have stupendous defensive record when it comes to major tournaments. 19 clean sheets in 37 Euro games is the best performance by any team.
Ideally, this should have been the final. Italy and Germany are the two best teams at the tournament. Despite their good form, the Italians will not go in as the favorites against the World Cup champions.
Possible starting line-up:
Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Özil, Müller, Draxler; Gomez
Italy starting lineup: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Florenzi, Parolo, De Rossi, Giaccherini, De Sciglio; Pellè, Martins
Germany 1-2 Italy
Graziano Pelle to score
Under 2.5 goals in normal time
Venue: Stade Velodorme, Marseille
Date: June 30
Portugal face Poland in Marseille for a place in the semifinal of Euro 2016. While Cristiano Ronaldo’s men are favorites to win this tie, Poland are more than capable of creating an upset.
The Real Madrid superstar is yet to win a major tournament with his country and he will hope to keep those hopes alive when the two sides clash.
Portugal have not exactly set the tournament on fire. They held firm against Croatia in the round of 16 before Ricardo Quaresma delivered a late winner.
Lukasz Fabianski will retain his position between the sticks for Poland as first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny continues to nurse a thigh injury.
Poland fans will be praying for Robert Lewandowski to come good in this crucial encounter.
“Sometimes you have to be pragmatic. It’d be nice to play pretty but that’s not always how you win tournaments,” said Fernando Santos ahead of the game.
"We don't have a single problem with the fact that Robert Lewandowski hasn't scored so far,” said Adam Nawalka.
Possible starting XI:
Poland: Fabianski, Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk, Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Maczynski, Grosicki, Milik, Lewandowski.
Portugal: Rui Patricio, Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Joao Mario,, Adrien Silva, Carvalho, Renato Sanches, Nani, Ronaldo.
Poland 2-1 Portugal
Over 1.5 goals
Robert Lewandowski to score
Venue: Stade de Lyon
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Portugal take on Hungary in a do-or-die battle in Group D of the UEFA Euro 2016. Coach Fernando Santos will rely heavily on talisman striker Cristiano Ronaldo to take his side to the round of 16.
Since Hungary are already through, Bernd Storck is likely to rest some of his key players. Nothing but a win will help Ronaldo’s men qualify for the next round and all the pressure will be on them.
Interestingly, the Hungarians haven’t beaten the Portuguese in any of their last 10 meetings. But their overall recent record has been fairly impressive.
Portugal have reached the round of 16 in all their last six attempts. However, their recent record at major tournaments has been disappointing. Portugal have won just once in their last 6 games.
While they are favorites to get the win against Hungary, one cannot rule out the possibility of a huge shock and upset at the Euro 2016 tonight.
Form guide (all games, most recent first)
Possible starting XIs:
Hungary: Király; Lang, Guzmics, Juhász, Kádár; Nagy, Gera; Dzsudzsák, Kleinheisler, Lovrencsics; Szalai.
Portugal: Rui Patrício; Vieirinha, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Eliseu; William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Renato Sanches; Ricardo Quaresma, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani.
Hungary 1-0 Portugal
Venue: Stade de France
Date: Thursday, June 16
Germany will renew their rivalry with Poland as the two teams clash in Group C on Thursday. The world champions will be aiming to seal their spot in the next round with a convincing win.
Robert Lewandowski knows the German side extremely well, considering he is part of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. The Poles will rely on their talisman to deliver goals up front.
Before beating Germany in the Euro qualifying stages, Poland endured a 18-match winless streak.
The Germans however have a solid record against their archrivals at major tournaments, having not lost in any of their last 4 meetings.
While Mesut Ozil is setting up goals for Germany, the poor from of Thomas Muller will worry Joachim Low.
Despite that, Germany have scored in all their last 14 matches at major tournaments.
Poland have never scored more than 1 goal in Euro matches. Hence they will have to step up their efforts in that department to ensure an upset win.
Possible starting XIs
Germany: Neuer; Höwedes, Hummels/Mustafi, Boateng, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Müller, Özil, Draxler; Götze.
Poland: Fabiański; Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jędrzejczyk; Błaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Mączyński, Kapustka; Milik, Lewandowski.
Germany 2-1 Poland