Netherlands Gambling Authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), states that more needs to be done in terms of enforcing age checks on gambling products in Holland, mostly referring to scratch cards, slot machines, lotteries, and sports betting. Furthermore, KSA proclaims a renewed clampdown on online bingo.
Numbers Don’t Lie
The Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has recently stated that more checks must be done to administer age verification procedures on gambling products in Holland.
In particular, KSA polled people aged 16 - 30 to investigate the level of underage gambling in the Netherlands. It turned out that during the last 12 months, 11% of 16 to 17-year olds played scratch cards, whereas 8% “occasionally” spun the reels of gambling machines. Additionally, the survey implied that 7% had played on lotteries, and 5% placed bets on sports sporadically.
Out of all the underage players included in this poll only 5% said they had been refused when trying to purchase scratch cards, and only 1% has been refused when wanting to play slot machines.
Dutch regulator KSA: Age checks need to be tightened.
According to the statement, KSA said: “There is little age control on playing slot machines and buying scratch cards. This is evident from a relatively large share of minors unjustly admitted to gambling premises and a small proportion of minors that were rightly refused. Strict adherence to, and application of, the age limit of 18 years needs to be an important factor for the KSA when supervising providers.”
The Dutch regulator acknowledged that many of the cases where minors accessed and played scratch cards were probably due to adults buying the product for them, however, KSA criticised hotels and restaurants for not doing age verifications for slot machines.
The data also shows that 69% of underage players who used slot machines had access to them in restaurants, while 31% of players could approach these games in arcades.
Kansspelautoriteit Announces Bingo Restrictions
Kansspelautoriteit has also announced a clampdown on online bingo starting from 1 July, ending its tolerant online bingo approach during the increase of the coronavirus pandemic.
It chose to deliberately overlook many cases during this lockdown that happened due to the number of unlicensed bingo games being organised for charitable causes, but says it found itself having to intervene in several cases in which unlicensed bingo games were being run for more commercial purposes.
As a result, and after taking into consideration the current situation and the fact that the lockdown in the Netherlands has been eased, KSA stated that from now on this regulatory body is about to start implementing licence obligations for bingo again.