The Authority aims to put in place the necessary checks and balances to prevent the abuse of gambling and the proliferation of compulsive gambling. It also supports agencies and organisations which engage in research and programs for prevention and education. Where possible the LGA ensures:
- Awareness of pathological gambling to the general public;
- Adequate protection for minors and vulnerable persons;
- That gambling is conducted in accordance with regulation to prevent crime and prevent players from being exploited.
Measures taken by the LGA
The social perspective is of outmost priority to the LGA. Measures to combat gambling addiction and protect vulnerable players are enshrined in all gaming legislation.
Protecting the Minors
Part III of the ‘Lotteries and Other Games Act, 2001’ states that any person selling any game to person under the age of eighteen years shall be guilty of an offence. In the case of the current national lottery license persons under the age of sixteen cannot be sold National Lottery Games.
Also, according to article 26 of the ‘Gaming Act, 1998’; a Maltese citizen under the age of 25 is prohibited to enter a casino.
Casinos must offer a self-barring opportunity to players who feel that for a stipulated time (6months-1year) he/she will not be allowed to enter any casino. (Article 26 of the Gaming Act,1998). The Commercial Bingo (Tombola) Regulations and the Gaming Devices regulations also contain similar provisions.
This helps the gambler to recover from his addiction and recoup his losses.
Any person who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or a drug or is acting in a disorderly manner will not be allowed to enter a casino, bingo hall and refrained from buying any lottery tickets. Any person who is subject to any means of gaming should be in a good state of mind and mental condition.
The Authority gives maximum attention to all advertising of any means of gaming and lotteries. Licensees have to abide by the provisions of the Code of Conduct on Advertising, Promotions and Inducements.
Any form of loan or credit for gaming is prohibited.
Literature provided by the LGA has to be made available to players by all licensees.
The LGA encourages players who are at risk to sign a self-barring agreement.