Intralot-owned Totolotek became the first licensed bookmaker in Poland to launch a virtual sports betting service along with Betradar.

Customers can initially wager on virtual football matches, dog racing and horse racing, with basketball and tennis to be added in the months to come.

The launch was done after changes to the Polish Gambling Law were implemented on April 1, permitting gambling companies to organize bets on virtual events.

“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,” Totolotek chief executive Adam Lamentowicz said.

“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.”

Neale Deeley, managing director Virtual Gaming at Betradar, which will deliver the new service, 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.”

Amaya Gaming's BetStars became the newest and 25th member of he international betting integrity body ESSA.

ESSA takes positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. Other key members of ESSA include Bet365, Ladbrokes Coral, Unibet and William Hill.

BetStars was launched in late 2015 and is the official betting partner of English Premier League champions Leicester City.

“BetStars is committed to keeping online betting fun and safe for our customers. The move to join ESSA underlines that approach and our determination to identify and tackle those that seek to manipulate sporting events against fellow consumers and responsible operators,” said Zeno Osskó, managing director of BetStars.

“We look forward to engaging closely with our partners within ESSA to maintain the integrity of sportsbook markets.”

ESSA is driving a number of activities aimed at addressing match-fixing, including a player education programme with EU Athletes and an international project, entitled ‘Keep Crime out of Sport’, led by the Council of Europe.

Khalid Ali, secretary general of ESSA, said:

“BetStars’ decision to join ESSA is excellent news for all concerned and another important milestone for the association.

“Backed by Amaya, one of the world’s largest gaming groups with 108 million registered customers, the addition of BetStars brings clear advantages for ESSA and its alert platform. Whilst BetStars will benefit from access to a growing and effective operator run network focused on protecting its members’ businesses from fraud.”