Spain to Introduce 30 New Responsible Gambling Measures

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The Spanish Council of Ministers has approved a new royal decree on gambling that includes 30 new responsible gambling measures.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs put forward The Royal Decree of the Development of Safer Gaming Environments, and it comes after last year’s decree that introduced advertising restrictions. The latest decree focuses on players aged between 18 and 25, who the ministry believes are particularly vulnerable. However, there are measures that target all types of players.

Amongst the measures are the definition of risk profiles based on player spending. A player is considered an ‘intensive gambler’ if they suffer a net loss of €600 over three consecutive weeks or €200 if aged under 25.

The decree introduces a number of requirements for dealing with intensive gamblers. Operators will be required to send warning measures upon detecting potentially dangerous behavior, and they must send a monthly summary of gambling activity. Furthermore, operators are banned from targeting intensive gamblers with promotional material, and they must not be admitted to VIP programs.

Intensive gamblers are to be banned from gambling using credit cards, and if they do not respond to an operator’s communications within three days, then the account must be suspended.

Furthermore, gambling operators will no longer be allowed to target players aged 18 to 25 with promotional material unless they have previously interacted with the business. Younger gamblers must also be shown messaging communicating that gambling at a young age is associated with an increased risk of problem gambling.

There are also measures that introduce protections for those who seek safer gambling restrictions on their accounts and those who register on the new national self-exclusion register.

It is expected that the new rules will take effect later this year. Any operator that fails to comply with them will face fines of up to €1 million and could see their license suspended for six months.

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