KSA Reaffirms Goal Of Preventing Underage Gambling

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), a Dutch gambling regulator, has reaffirmed its goal of preventing underage gamblers from accessing games of chance after warning operators to ensure proper enforcement of age verification measures.

Publishing a study that examined people between the ages of 16-30, the KSA evaluated the gambling activity disparities between three separate age groups: ages 16-17; ages 18-23 and ages 24-30.

The survey revealed that in the last 12 months 11 percent of 16-17 year-olds had used scratch cards, 8 percent had played on gambling machines ‘occasionally,’ 7 percent had participated in lotteries, and 5 percent had ‘occasionally’ participated in sports betting.

Only 5 percent of those aged 16-17 had been denied playing scratch cards, with that figure dropping to 1 percent when looking at slot machines.

When trying to buy tickets for the national lottery in the country, Staatsloterij, 7 percent of those under the age of 18 were denied. In the meantime 6 percent had been rejected practising other lotteries.

The KSA said: “In cases where minors can still participate, the age control apparently fails. This can have various causes. In the case of scratch cards, it may be that a minor buys such a ticket with someone older than 18 years old.

“In the case of sports betting, it may be that the age is not (properly) verified when participating. And when playing on gaming machines, a possible explanation is that the catering entrepreneur or gaming owner does not adequately monitor the prevention of participation by minors.

“The conclusion that strict adherence to and application of the age limit of 18 years works is an important fact for the KSA when supervising providers.”