Youth amass poker debts

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8 June 2007, EINDHOVEN – An increasing number of school students are facing financial difficulties because of gambling debts. The regional network for addiction treatment Novadic-Kentron in Noord-Brabant wrote this in its annual report on the growing popularity of poker among young people.

8 June 2007

EINDHOVEN – An increasing number of school students are facing financial difficulties because of gambling debts. The regional network for addiction treatment Novadic-Kentron in Noord-Brabant wrote this in its annual report on the growing popularity of poker among young people.

In Eindhoven alone about 20 poker players, most of them young, have reported to the addiction treatment network, deep in debt, team leader for addiction prevention Sylvester Aboikoni said today.

There are indications that hundreds of young people are in trouble, Aboikoni added. The regional addiction centre started an investigation specifically into secondary school students in the region two months ago. 500 students between the ages of 15 and 19 were surveyed.

The results are expected to be ready by the end of the month, but Aboikoni says more research is needed on the national level, and also among older players. "Poker has become all the rage in the Netherlands."

Mainly the debt that can result from these games poses a problem for young poker enthusiasts. "We mustn't underestimate how much money is involved in poker," Aboikoni. He says amounts of up to EUR 200 ride on a single ‘hand' even among these young players.

Real problems of addiction where playing poker takes over a young person's life are less common.

The young people play at school, in student houses, and at special poker parties. Playing poker for money is officially only permitted in the Holland Casino.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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