|A Scottish MP has called for credit card companies to place a limit on the amount that online players can spend on Internet gambling.|
Mike Weir, the Scottish National Party (SNP) MP for Angus, called for a limit to be set at £1,000 a week, and also called sites to limit players to using one credit card each.
The plea comes after a spate of cases where players, suspected to have a gambling addiction have spent thousands of pounds using other people’s cards. APACS, which represents the card industry, and Partygaming, say there are significant problems with the idea and see the solution in treating the player’s addiction at their source.
The average online gambler in the UK is in debt to the tune of £25,000, while the gambling industry already pays £3 million a year into a trust to deal with the issue of problem gambling.