Spain gambling
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04.2018

Underage gambling a growing concern in Spain

By Sophie Couard

Gambling establishments in Spain fail to prevent underage gambling in their establishments.

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.

Fake ID's

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

One estimate suggests 90% of underage gamblers used fake national identification cards.

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.

By Sophie Couard
By Sophie Couard - EDITOR

I am a great fan of gambling, I became a croupier to finance my studies. After my high school diploma in economic and social sciences , I obtained a bachelor's degree in economics and then a master in philosophy with a thesis on player behavior. After working in an online casino customer support, I became a writer on FeedBack Casino.