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Games of chance are very popular in Poland and the prize money in not that bad either! Gamblers can place their bets at bookmakers or try their luck in a casino.

The national lottery (Lotto) is the most popular game of chance in Poland. If 6 out your chosen 9 numbers are selected in the main draw (Duzy Lotek) the smallest guaranteed money prize is 1 million Zlotys. If there are no top winners in any draw, half of the prize money is added to the following draw. This is called the Accumulator. The highest single recorded win occurred in June 2004 when one individual collected a prize of 20,119,858.20 Zlotys.

The Lotto booths, found in every town and city in Poland, not only sell lottery tickets that can win players up to 1 million Zlotys but also household goods from refrigerators to motor cars.

Placing bets at a bookmaker is quickly becoming the more popular form of trying your luck. Gamblers can bet on the outcome of a hockey match in Finland, a tennis tournament in France or motor racing in Czestochowa. It is possible to win only 10,000 Zlotys from only one bet and all winning bets are subject to 10% tax. Although there are some bookmaker's websites in the Polish language betting through them is illegal.

Horse racing has a long tradition in Poland. Unfortunately, because of the legal situation, at the three national race courses at Sluzewiec in Warsaw, Hippodrome in Sopot and Partynice in Wroclaw, it is not possible to place a bet. For horse racing enthusiasts watching the races can be as exciting as betting on the result. The horse racing season in Poland starts in April.

Casinos attract gamblers with a fatter wallet. The standard games like poker, roulette or blackjack are the most popular and gamblers can also try their luck on the multitude of one-arm bandits. Casinos tend to be of a high standard with elegant surroundings and are therefore very popular among wealthy foreign tourists.

The casino in the Grand Hotel in Sopot is one of the best known gambling locations in Poland but it has also been the subject of many a dark tale, dubious anecdotes and even motion films. When booking a room at the hotel, guests could ask to stay in the apartment that was once occupied by Charles de Gaulle, and Adolf Hitler before him.

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