The number of gambler minors is increasing in Spain
There has been a growing concern in Spain about the frequency of gambling establishments which have failed to prevent underage patrons from playing illegally. So much so, in fact, that national police have now stepped in to increase the number of inspections conducted in casinos.
It was found that many minors have managed to circumvent the age requirement by using fake ID cards. One estimate put the figure at 90%. The gambling laws of Spain require that bingo halls, casinos and other betting channels check that the patrons carry national identity documents to prove that they are not underage. If in doubt, these same service providers have a duty to request additional documents as proof of age.
Underage gambling in other jurisdictions
A few months ago, the Gambling Commission in the United Kingdom, and University of Louvain (KUL) in Belgium noted how gambling has been attracting an increasing number of minors in the UK and Belgium markets. Given that Spain is considered to be one of the largest gaming markets in Europe and also one of the strictest when it comes to regulations, it will be interesting to see how the situation of underage gambling evolves.