Ireland revealed a record figure for problem gambling as it awaits for the enactment of the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019.
Ireland.- Most governments with regulated gaming markets aim to enforce responsible gambling regulations. That’s why Ireland is concerned about recent problem gambling figures.
According to figures from the Health Service Executive 257 people received treatment in Ireland over problem gambling issues in 2018. Provisional data from the body responsible for the provision of health and personal social services was record-breaking.
The figure means a 17.4% increase from 2017 and surpasses the 222 posted in 2012.
The Irish Gaming and Lotteries Act became law more than 60 years ago, and that is why a new proposal has emerged in the territory. This legislative piece proposes an increase from the 50 cent stake and payout limit to €10 and €750 respectively. Irish executives are concerned that this could increase problem gambling, though there are politicians that have publicly supported the gambling reform bill.
The law, which is currently before the legislature of Ireland, could potentially lead to a 300-fold increase in the maximum stake allowed for the machines. Gambling facilities have reiterated on multiple occasions that the 50 cent stake is too low.
David Norris and Gerard Craughwell, two Independent Senators from Ireland, criticised the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill when it was debated in the Upper House in June. “They are enormous and vast increases. From 3 cent to €10 is bad enough, but from 50 cent to €750 clearly raises this situation beyond the question of gaming for amusement,” said Norris.