On-course betting operators are being warned that they must do more to prevent underage gambling after every track bookmaker approached in a test purchasing operation served a 16-year-old without asking for proof of age. People must be 18 or over to place bets at a racecourse.
The tests were undertaken at Ascot on 20 June 2014 under the supervision of trained officers from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and supported by a Gambling Commission compliance manager with cooperation from the track licensee Ascot Racecourse Limited.
Commission Director Matthew Hill said: “This was a pretty poor result. Preventing under 18s from gambling is one of the most basic obligations every bookmaker has, on or off the course. The industry must do better or operators are likely to find themselves facing formal sanctions.”
The on-course bookmakers who failed this test have been advised about their conduct and required to improve their policies and procedures for preventing under age gambling.
The Commission is reminding all gambling operators of their responsibility to ensure children and young persons are not permitted to gamble. The Commission will continue to work with local authorities to test on-course bookmakers and other gambling operators as part of its rolling programme of testing.