Tighten up on underage gamblers

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  1. Marina

    Marina Administrator Staff Member

    UK Gambling Commission reminds bookies of the importance of excluding the underaged

    Licensed bookmakers in the United Kingdom have been reminded in Gambling Commission letters that effective policies and procedures must be in place and effective in order to prevent young people under the age of 18 from gambling online or offline or entering a betting shop.

    It follows a recent mystery shopper exercise undertaken by the Commission which resulted in a 17-year-old being allowed to place a bet in 98 of 100 shops visited, reports The Racing Post.

    Referring to the exercise, Ladbrokes spokesman, Ciaran O'Brien, said: "Obviously we are disappointed by the results, not least because we put an awful lot of time and effort into this area in terms of training staff and materials. As a result of these tests we will be redoubling our efforts and making sure that we raise standards."

    Andrew Lyman, senior executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, said: "We have never been complacent about this issue, but clearly we have a great deal more work to do. As a priority we will work as an industry with the Gambling Commission to improve our performance in this area."

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  2. Kabuki19

    Kabuki19 Member

    I Thinks that its very difficult to do i play a lot of online poker and i can say that there is a lot of 14,15 and 16 year old kids playing, what can we do???
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  3. Arachnaphid

    Arachnaphid Active Member

    I think it is worrying if children age 14, 15 and 16 are gambling real money online after stealing their parents credit cards or something like that and a addicted to gambling. Kids are under masses of stress at that age because they are undergoing exams that will determine paths in their lives, this leaves them really vulnerable to this sort of thing turning into a vicious circle that could be devastatingly detrimental to their future.
  4. Arachnaphid

    Arachnaphid Active Member

    What can we do??

    Report it if you witness it mate.

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