January 20, 2022
An Irish Independent investigation shows the country’s biggest online betting companies continue to allow credit card betting through their apps, despite industry rules saying it shouldn’t happen.
One of the companies, BoyleSports, was also found to allow betting and withdrawals without account verification or photo ID, despite industry age rules requiring verification.
Another company, Paddy Power, said a credit card betting “loophole” exists in Ireland because it doesn’t have the same robust gambling laws as the UK. The exposé comes as a prominent gambling addiction expert in Ireland says the number of problem gamblers here could now be three times the official estimates of 40,000.
And the former chairman of Paddy Power, Fintan Drury, told the Irish Independent the pace of Government plans to appoint a gambling regulator to tackle issues such as credit card betting is “abysmal”.