Horse Racing and Football Betting Comes to Facebook
Facebook is to begin accepting real money betting on horse racing and football matches in addition to its slot machines. Over the coming week the new game, Paddy Power In-Play! will be rolled out to players in the UK over the age of 18.
The move has provoked criticism from campaign groups who are worried that children could still access the game either by lying about their age or using a parent’s credit card.
Campaign group Stop Children Gambling said, “High Street Bookmakers have the same 18 year age limit but have the benefit of at least being able to determine whether the intended gambler at least looks old enough. This is not the case on the internet.”
In response a Facebook spokesman said: “Online betting is a popular and well-regulated pastime in the UK. Our carefully chosen partners work within stringent regulatory guidelines to ensure their products and services are used safely and responsibly by adults. These products will be invisible and inaccessible to people aged under 18 on Facebook.”
Paddy Power said that the game will “enable customers to bet on a wide variety of sporting events through Facebook, while also giving them visibility of, and the opportunity to engage with, other users”.