Monitoring under-age gambling in adult gaming centres
Date: 15 June
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) undertakes a rolling
programme of test purchases (in conjunction with local authorities
where appropriate). The purpose of the programme is twofold. First
to examine the operation of the controls in place to prevent
under-age gambling*. Secondly, to encourage sector - and
industry-wide improvement through such measures as self testing and
the sharing of good practice.
The most recent series of visits have been conducted in adult
gaming centres (AGCs).
For this round of testing we have concentrated on organisations
whose estate covers a number of local authority areas. The
results are encouraging, but indicate that there is still scope for
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The Commission acknowledges the efforts that AGC operators have
made to address the risk of under-age gambling. We will be
providing the operators involved in this latest exercise with
further details from individual test reports and meeting them to
discuss the results. The Commission wishes to work with
individual operators and the industry more widely to help them in
their efforts to secure further improvements and monitor the
effectiveness of their own controls.
The Director of Regulation at the Commission, Nick Tofiluk, said
“While these results are encouraging, young people under 18 are not
permitted to gamble in adult gaming centres. So there must be
no let up in the effort to improve. Test purchase exercises,
by both the Commission and local authorities, will continue."
Notes to editors
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities
are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in
Great Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting,
which are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and
the Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. Licensing authorities in Great Britain are
co-regulators with the Commission under the Gambling Act 2005. They
are responsible for the licensing of premises related to
- 4. The rolling programme of test purchase exercises is one
feature of the Commission’s ongoing compliance activity. It
currently covers online gambling, betting shops and AGCs and we
work closely with licensing authorities to ensure compliance.
- 5. * The test purchase exercises use volunteers (with
parental consent) under the age of 18 years as permitted under
Section 64 of the Gambling Act 2005 to assess whether effective
controls are in place to prevent those under 18 from
- 6. ** Premises at one further operator (Shipley Leisure)
were visited during the initial part of this exercise and all six
of the premises tested prevented gambling by the young
person. As this operator has reduced in size it was decided no
further testing was required beyond the initial
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