Player Withholding Tax (PWT) FAQ

Please explain the Player Withholding Tax (PWT), its calculation and the withholding process? How is a player gaming session calculated for poker and casino games? What happens if I am in the middle of a poker cash game or tournament hand when the gaming session ends? Can I have a statement that shows how much Player Withholding Tax I paid? Is there any difference between tournaments and cash games with regards to PWT? Do you withhold PWT on my deposits and withdrawals? Will you withhold PWT if I use my StarsCoin for cash rewards? I’m no longer residing in Greece. Can I change my country of residence and if so, will I still have to pay PWT? Will I be able to play from another country and would PWT be applied then as well? Why can't I take part in satellites for live events?

Player Withholding Tax Examples:

The following examples illustrate how Profits are calculated for a Gaming Session for poker and casino games:

Example 1
In a Gaming Session period you play only in cash games which completed in the Gaming Session period and you leave the table with €300 and had staked €220.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the Gaming Session is €80 and therefore below the €100 threshold and no Player Withholding Tax is due.

Example 2
In a Gaming Session period you play in three €20 Sit & Go tournaments which completed in the Gaming Session period where you win €150 on one of those tournaments but do not win in the other two.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the Gaming Session is €90 (€150 less €20 less €20 less €20) and therefore below the €100 threshold and no Player Withholding Tax is due.

Example 3
In a Gaming Session period you play in a €10 scheduled tournament which completed in the Gaming Session period where you do not cash. You later in the same Gaming Session play a €5 scheduled tournament and win €150.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the Gaming Session is: €135 (i.e. €150 less €5 less €10).

After deducting the €100 threshold your Player Withholding Tax due will be €35*15% = €5.25

Example 4
In a Gaming Session period you play in cash games which completed in the Gaming Session period where you leave the table with €300 and had staked €80. You are still at tables in cash games when the Gaming Session ends, where you have so far staked €40 and won €10.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the Gaming Session is: €220 (i.e. €300, less €80).After deducting the €100 threshold your Player Withholding Tax due will be €120*15% = €18The €40 stakes and €10 win will be accounted for in the Gaming Session when the cash game ends.

Example 5
In a Gaming Session period you play in the same cash games at set out in example 4, but you also register for a tournament in the Gaming Session for €20 and that tournament starts in a later Gaming Session.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the Gaming Session is: €200 (ie €300, less €80, less €20).

After deducting the €100 threshold your Player Withholding Tax due will be €100*15% = €15

Any winnings from the later tournament that has been entered will be included in the calculation of Profits earned for the Gaming Session when the tournament completes.

Example 6
As per example 4, but you also register (for €20) and play in a satellite tournament in the Gaming Session and win a seat to a target tournament (that will take place in a subsequent Gaming Session) that otherwise has a cash buy in of €100.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the Gaming Session is: €200 (i.e. €300, less €80, less €20). The seat won in the target tournament is not included in the calculation of Profit for Player Withholding Tax purposes as you have not yet won cash, or cash equivalent.

After deducting the €100 threshold your Player Withholding Tax due will be €100*15% = €15

Any winnings from the target tournament will be included in the calculation of Profits earned for the Gaming Session when the target tournament completes.

Example 7
As per example 6, but you also register (for €15) and play in a second satellite tournament in the Gaming Session and win a second seat to the same target tournament (that will take place in a subsequent Gaming Session and that otherwise has a cash buy in of €100). You then receive Tournament Dollars of €100 instead of the second seat in the same target tournament.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the Gaming session is: €285 (i.e. €300, less €80, less €20, less €15 and plus €100). The first seat won in the target tournament is not included in the calculation of Profit for Player Withholding Tax purposes as you have not yet won cash, or a cash equivalent. However, as Tournament Dollars can be used to buy into other tournaments, or sold to other players the Tournament Dollars have a cash value.

After deducting the €100 threshold your Player Withholding Tax due will be €185*15% = €27.75.

Any winnings from the target tournament will be included in the calculation of Profits earned for the Gaming Session when the target tournament completes.

Example 8
As per example 6, and then in the next Gaming Session you play in the target tournament and win €700.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for that next Gaming Session is: €700.After deducting the €100 threshold your Player Withholding Tax due will be €400*15% + €200*20% = €100

Example 9
In a Gaming Session period you play at a Roulette table which completed in the Gaming Session period where you won €300 and had wagered €220.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the gaming session is €80 and therefore below the €100 threshold and no Player Withholding Tax is due.

Example 10
In a Gaming Session period you play at a Blackjack table which completed in the Gaming Session period where you won €340 and had wagered €200.

After deducting the €100 threshold your Player Withholding Tax due will be €40*15% = €6.

Example 11
In a Gaming Session period you play at a Blackjack table which completed in the Gaming Session period where you won €340 and had wagered €200.

You then play at ring games which completed in the same Gaming Session period where you leave the table with €100 and had staked €220.

Your Profit for Player Withholding Tax for the gaming session is €140-€120 = €20 and therefore below the €100 threshold and no Player Withholding Tax is due.

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