Finnish Police Find 'Serious Shortcomings' In Veikkaus Age Challenges

Finland's National Board of Police has found "serious shortcomings" in gambling monopoly Veikkaus' handling of age controls at its slot machines, with only 25 percent of players who appeared to be minors challenged on their age.

The worst situation was at Veikkaus' agents, where only one in six were asked their age, the police board said.

But even at the company's own machines, 60 percent of test subjects avoided age checks, according to the survey.

Gambling causes "a wide range of Finnish economic, social and health disadvantages", said Jarkko Mikkola, a group manager with the Police Board's Lottery Administration.

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