Lancashire boys gamble, Lancashire fathers pay
Latest European gambling news is coming from Lancashire, England, where a reasonable guess can be made that current generation of teenage boys knows online sports betting better than their adult parents. "The Sun" reporter Gemma Mullin tells the story of a 13-year-old boy, who managed to set up a betting account on one of Britain's most famous online gambling sites. He used his smartphone to take photos of his father's documents and credit cards, successfully passing himself as an adult to clueless security department of this Internet gambling provider. Then he proceeded to bet on horse racing and Premier League football matches, sometimes going as high as 3000 pounds per bet. While being initially successful, his inexperience played a bad joke on him, as he plunged his dad's balance down to great debts. Gambers Post says that by the time his parents received a warning from their bank, the debt was already at 20000 pounds. And after a "hard talk" inevitably happened, this debt rose again. This time to 60000 pounds, as this boy decided to try his luck the second time. Still, there are a few loopholes both "The Sun" and "The Sunday Mirror", outlets who reported this story, seem to miss. First of all, if the underage boy was addicted to gambling and placed those bets illegally, why do the proceeds he made count as liable for payment? Why no politicians or newspapers raise this problem, why nobody hears anything about related lawsuits? Second, since no one is willing to disclose the names of involved people, how can we be sure that this story has actually happened? Chances are that this is yet another portion of fake news, presented under a pretext of increasing responsibility in gaming, but having entirely different goals in mind. The UK gambling commission has recently increased its "awareness" programs, claiming that around 25000 teenagers, from 11 up to 16 years old, trick their way to online casino games. Yet instead of banning such proceeds and absolving parents from responsibility for illegal actions of their kids, they try to kill two birds with one shot. Simultaneously squeeze the funds from families to government agencies and act as a moral authority. Gambers Post supports legal and smart wagering but takes these stories with a grain of salt.