The UK Gambling Commission is reviewing the licenses of seven UK racecourse bookmakers after it was found that they allowed a 16-year-old to place a bet.
The Officers from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead conducting Age Verification test at Royal Ascot confirmed that the seven racecourse bookmakers in question failed the tests. As such the bookmakers are now facing regulatory action.
“These license reviews show how strongly we feel about underage gambling. Every single gambling business must protect children from gambling but the on course bookmakers results have remained unacceptable,” Richard Watson Executive Director of UKGC said.
“Despite various educational attempts to raise standards, by ourselves and the trade bodies, the on-course sector has historically performed poorly in both underage gambling test purchase exercises and Think 21 testing. Pass rates have failed to meet the standards expected and the sector has consistently performed to levels below those we see in other gambling and age-restricted products. By way of example, over the past four years, the on-course sector has a pass rate of around 35% for Think 21 testing. We welcome the positive initiated by the local authority and the racecourse to raise standards in the gambling industry,” Watson added.
Underage betting has been on the rise in the UK. A recent report revealed that gambling addiction amongst teenagers has risen by over 400 percent in the past two years.