The Rotterdam City Initiative political party wants the minimum age for casino visitors in the city to rise. This age is now 18 years old, but the party is calling for the minimum age to be raised to 21 years. In this way, the party wants to prevent debts to Rotterdam youth by visiting casinos.
Access age with three years up
Party leader Jos Verveen submitted written questions to the city council on 28 February. In it he asks for an agreement to raise the minimum age of all casinos in the city. If this were indeed the case, Rotterdam would not be the first city to raise the minimum age for casinos. This happened in Eindhoven a few years ago, on the initiative of the then mayor Rob van Gijzel. Verveen hopes that Aboutaleb wants to do the same in Rotterdam.
Youth coach comes with initiative
The idea of raising the minimum age of casinos comes from number seven on the list of Rotterdam City Initiative: Youssef el Bahri. He works as a youth coach in Crooswijk and has to deal with young people who have substantial debts on a daily basis. The main cause is not only an empty wallet to start with, but also debts. Many young people who do have money spend it in the casino.
"It starts innocently with a gamble, but it goes from bad to worse," el Bahri says. For example, there are many young people who spend all their student finance in the casino. By raising the minimum age of casinos in the city to 21, the youth coach hopes to partly solve this problem. He therefore hopes that the agreement will be adopted and that all 41 gambling halls and casinos in the city want to participate in the new scheme. They are not obliged to do this, so it is a matter of waiting to see how they will respond to the proposal from the Rotterdam City Initiative.