A national investigation by the Spanish police found little evidence of underage gambling across the country’s licensed gambling premises.
Gambling addiction and especially amongst teenagers has been on the rise in Spain. A recent report found that Spanish teenagers are most addicted to gambling when compared with their European counterparts.
While there have been allegations of gambling facilities allowing underage players, an investigation commissioned by the Spanish police reveal that there is negligible underage gambling at licensed gambling facilities and casinos in the country.
The country’s La Policía Nacional’s Operation Arcade conducted 3,000 spot inspections of about 1,900 gaming halls throughout Spain over a period of 48 hours and found only 28 cases of underage gambling.
Son after the investigation, the country’s operator association Consejo Empresarial del Juego (CEJUEGO) claimed that the reports of underage gambling are blown out of proportion.
“This operation has been quite exhaustive, focusing on verifying the actual incidence of minors in accessing in-person gambling services,” CEJUEGO director-general Alejandro Landaluce said. “The resulting data reaffirms our conviction that, although there is room for improvement in technological systems used to control access [to gambling venues], there is no real problem regarding minors entering gaming halls.”
“As CEJUEGO has been saying, it is totally false that minors are [regularly] accessing these premises,” he explained. “On the contrary, the cases detected are absolutely minimal. These official and public studies already confirmed this fact, and now the results of Operation Arcade reaffirm it,” he added.
Recently, Spain also witnessed massive protests against the proliferation of gambling activities and increase in the number of betting shops in the country in recent months.