Dutch gambling authority to focus on World Cup betting and minors

The Dutch gambling authority says it will step up its supervision of online gambling during the football World Cup to make sure that the under-18s don’t place bets. The aim is not to fine young offenders but to crack down on foreign gambling firms which are targeting Dutch youngsters, the authority said. Toto is the only legal online gambling company licenced to operate in the Netherlands. The authority has now set up a special hotline where people can report websites which make it possible for the under-18s to gamble. ‘Illegal operators which allow minors to gamble are breaking two laws,’ a spokesman told the AD. Legislation which will allow companies to apply for a licence to offer online gambling in the Netherlands has been drawn up but not yet debated in parliament.

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