Around five percent of high school students (occasionally) gamble online, according to Dutch national broadcaster NOS, as there are currently no real protections against players lying about their age during the sign-up process.

However, when underage players try to cash out, they often find their accounts being blocked.

Underage players were able to sign up with both licensed (Toto) and unlicensed operators (e.g. Unibet), the broadcaster found. Asked for comment, both Toto and Unibet said that the deposits of underage players who are found out would be returned to their parents.

The Remote Gaming Act, which is expected to come into force on July 1, 2020, is expected to make it harder for underage players to sign up with online gambling operators.

The Netherlands Gambling Authority received warnings as early as 2016 that underage players could easily gamble online, but as these reports were ultimately withdrawn, other issues were given a higher priority, the regulator said in response to the coverage of NOS.

The regulator also said that it would reengage with this issue and strengthen its efforts to protect minors from gambling-related harm. “Every child that gambles, is one too many,” the Gambling Authority added.

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