Gambling Commission Reveals bookmakers are allowing underage online gambling
A betting industry watchdog has found that almost every bookmaker in one survey allowed under age people to place a bet.
The survey carried out by the Gambling Comission found that of the five major betting operators which account for 80% of all betting shops, 98% allowed a 17 year old to place a bet over the counter. This comes despite the legal age for gambling being 18 and staff regularly being told to ask for ID from anyone who appears to be under 21.
A senior executive from the Association of British Bookmakers said these findings were “embarrassing” and promised that the response would involve an industry-wide action plan to be put into place within weeks. Andy Lyman from the Association of British Bookmakers blamed bookmaker staff saying, “They’ve invested so much money and resources in training staff and this happens.”
Lyman also said about asking for ID from customers, “We have to take these finding on the chin and admit that for some reason that culture has not been embedded in the industry in the way that it should have been.”
But Lyman said it was clear something had gone badly wrong. "We have to take these findings on the chin and admit that for some reason that culture has not been embedded in the industry in the way that it should have been."
Another spokesman from the commission said that the testing had achieved what it was aimed to and found significant weak links in the system. He finished saying, “We expect to see significant improvements.”