Betting shops have paid “lip service” to settle underage betting, according to an independent bookmaker.
oung people have been “seduceed” by the “glamor and excitement” of sports betting, which has resulted in the “vulnerable youth” being drawn into a “world of easy money”. ,” Colm Finlay will tell TDs and senators this afternoon.
The Oireachtas Judiciary Committee will hear Mr. Finlay from the Orchadia System. He will say that staff are under pressure in betting shops and cannot always “monitor the behavior of minors”.
Mr Finlay will also say that gambling addiction can be a “very secretive operation” but has “terrible consequences for families”.
“Current betting shop vetting procedures are simply not fit for purpose. There is no industry-wide process to recognize, control and manage the proofreading process,” he said.
“Proper identification using technology can overcome this. He will tell politicians.
Irish betting company Flutter Entertainment will also say it is supporting a “well-resourced, evidence-led Gambling Regulatory Authority”, which is empowered to tackle “the rapidly evolving industry”.
It said: “We need a strong regulator to ensure that all gambling companies in Ireland are working to reduce harm to customers where gambling becomes a problem.
“In addition, Irish punters should be protected against dangers posed by unregulated foreign operators,” the company will say in their opening remarks.
The Irish Bookmakers Association will also call on the regulator to appoint a CEO with “important, appropriate” experience.
It will also warn that any legislation introduced to the authority should not “tie the hands” of the authority as the industry evolves in the coming years.
According to Entain, the owner of Ladbrokes, the so-called “normal solution” to problem gambling is “unfair” for the majority of safe bet customers.
“That kind of over-regulation can push customers to the black market, as we’ve seen in other countries where we operate,” the commission said.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/betting-shops-have-paid-lip-service-to-tackling-underage-betting-says-independent-bookmaker-41423769.html Betting shops have paid ‘lip services’ to settle underage betting, independent bookmakers say