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A 12 year old Liverpool boy spent £7,000 of his father's money gambling on various online poker sites, highlighting the need for gaming operators to keep up the fight against underage gambling.
The 12 year old boy first became enamored with online poker when a schoolmate showed him how to download free games on his smartphone. When he did well against his friends, the boy decided that he would try to make money by doing it for real.
He then went on to borrow his Dad's credit card to make an internet purchase; proceeding from there to online poker sites where he registered accounts and began playing for real.
A week later the 12 year old had gone through £7,000, spending more as he lost as he tried to recoup his losses. The boy's father only found out about the charges when his card was declined.
“I was screaming and shouting at the credit card company, I didn’t know what happened." The boy's father told the Liverpool News.
Now the two are using the case to show how dangerous underage gambling can be. A UK charity named Prevention Town will be launching a program in Liverpool which will share the pitfalls of gambling for minors. The boy and his father will play a prominent role in the program.