December 10, 2021 - 12:10 pm

Experts fear hefty growth in number of gambling addicts due to massive advertisements

Online gambling is entering Dutch living rooms after the government legalised it. Since October 1, 2021, advertisements for online casinos are permitted and can be seen en masse on Dutch TV, radio and newspapers. But the danger of addiction is heavily underestimated, say experts. The call to do something about it is getting louder. After ex-addicts and addiction experts, last week the Dutch parliamentary parties of the ChristenUnie and the SP also said they want to see fewer advertisements.

You can probably dream them. Wesley Sneijder with his King Toto crown, Andy van der Meijde who 'plays smart' at Betcity.nl, the confetti of Batavia Casino or the business woman who secretly plays online poker at Holland Casino during a meeting. Addiction experts fear a hefty growth in the number of gambling addicts. One in twenty players get into serious trouble.

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