The Netherlands gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has released the findings of a survey that sheds light on the issue of problem gambling in the country.
The survey was carried out in partnership with AGOG, an addiction treatment foundation. And the results showed that half of those surveyed had wagered over €1,000 every month.
KSA sought evidence from those who had been treated by AGOG, and analysed the findings of 86 responses, although that represented only 39% of the 223 people invited to respond.
AGOG works with problem gamblers, organising weekly meetings and other interventions, and while KSA have emphasised the small sample size involved in this survey, they said that they are able to draw some conclusions from the evidence it yielded.
The evidence showed that individuals who had been classed as problem gamblers were more likely to wager using betting terminals. Two thirds of respondents said that they were most likely to bet in this way. Another third of those surveyed said that they usually gambled on two or three occasions per week before they got help, while one third put this figure at between four and six times a week. And 25% of respondents admitted to gambling on a daily basis.
KSA has said that they will act on the survey results in an attempt to obtain deeper insight into problem gambling behaviours. Specifically, they will use the findings to help develop policy in this area and to inform their annual report.
At the start of November, KSA announced that the launch of the Netherlands legal online gambling sector would be delayed. According to a statement to the Netherlands parliament by government minister Sander Dekker, the country’s Remote Gambling Act will take effect from January 1, 2020, which is six months later than originally envisaged.