“One hundred and ninety pages photograph the gaming and betting sector and its evolution in the years marked by the pandemic. The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into Illegal Gaming and Public Gaming Dysfunctions concludes its work with a report confirming the failure of the advertising ban introduced in 2018just over four years after the entry into force of the Dignity Decree which provided for it “, writes the League of online gaming operators (Logico) in a note.
“If the government’s goal in 2018 – the press release continues – was to strengthen consumer protection, we certainly cannot speak of success: the Monopoly and Customs Agency, in fact, recorded a strong increase in illegal gaming, with an estimate of 10 to 20 billion euros, a figure that, according to the estimates of the permanent Censis-Lottomatica Observatory on Legal Gaming in Italy, could be significantly exceeded. In fact, in 2020 it became necessary to strengthen the powers of the Committee to combat illegal gaming (Copregi) chaired by the Adm with the collaboration of all the police forces. The negative balance of the effectiveness of the advertising ban shows another serious deficiency: in addition to the lack of preliminary research, there is no research that, in retrospect, certifies the validity of the advertising ban for problem gamblers and gamblers at risk of gambling addiction. The latest data on the phenomenon date back to the survey of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in 2018, where it is reported that 36.4 percent of the adult population has gambled at least once in their life: about 18 and a half million people , 44 per cent men and 30 per cent women. Problem gamblers account for 3 percent (about 1.5 million people). Only 19.3% of players who have seen and / or read advertising material for cash games chose to play based on the advertising seen or heard, while 80.7% declare that they did not choose to play based on to advertising “.
“In 2021, the Istituto Superiore di Sanità only focused on the analysis of pre / post pandemic gambling habits, without updating the data on problematic players – adds Logico’s note -. In other words, we do not know if to date, “at risk” players have increased or decreased, nor what impact the advertising ban has on the phenomenonor. Therefore, a fundamental piece is missing to complete the verification of the effectiveness of the provision. However, even in the absence of updated data, it is easy to predict that the ease of access to illegal gambling has given a worrying boost to the phenomenon of gambling addiction and problem gambling. “
“The result of a four-year ban on advertising is there for all to see and is certified by this report – he comments Moreno Marasco President Logico – The users left to feed the illegal operators, the sports world which has lost the income of the sponsors of the betting world, the concessionary companies that have seen a reduction in their turnover, and the State, because it has stopped the guarantees for players (against child gaming, money laundering and problem gambling) offered by legal platforms. Without neglecting the drastic reduction in tax revenues, once again to the advantage of illegal gambling.