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Seven bookmakers on license review after allowing a 16-year-old to place bets

Gambling Commission

Gambling Commission reported seven bookmakers are having their license on review after allowing a 16-year-old to place bets. According to the article officers from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, supported by the Gambling Commission and Trading Standards, conducted Age Verification test purchasing at Royal Ascot races. 17 operators were tested and seven of these allowed a 16-year-old to place a £5 bet and now face regulatory action from the Gambling Commission. The article did not clarify which ones were tested. 

Richard Watson, Gambling Commission Executive Director: “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.". “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".

He added: “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.”