The problem of gambling continues to grow in Spain and in Castilla-La Mancha. A total of 63,646 people asked in 2021 to be banned from playing onlinewhich is 13.64% more than the previous year, according to data from the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ) to which Europa Press has had access.

In total, 7,640 new people requested last year, motu proprio, to be enrolled in the record of online gambling bans. This means that the global number of people who have asked to be banned from gambling over the Internet was 63,646 in 2021, compared to 56,006 in 2020.

In all the autonomous communities there has been a upward trend of self-bans, although it is the Balearic Islands that leads the ranking with the greatest increase, going from 1,179 to 1,480, which implies a rise of 25.53%. They are followed by the Region of Murcia, with an increase of 22.44% (from 2,562 to 3,137 registered people); Valencian Community, with 22.21% (from 3,677 to 4,494); Navarra, with 20.33% (from 531 to 639), and Castilla-La Mancha, with 19.99% (from 2,791 to 3,349, which represents a daily average of nine people).

Behind them are the Community of Madrid, whose register of self-excluded persons has increased by 16.77%, La Rioja (15.56%), Cantabria (14.89%), the Basque Country (14.80%), Catalonia ( 14.29%), Principality of Asturias (10.99%), Canary Islands (10.77%), Andalusia (10.09%) and Aragon (10.08%).

Self-bans also grew in Castilla y León (9.48%), Galicia (9.38%) and Extremadura (7.97%), as well as in the autonomous cities of Melilla (7.93%) and Ceuta (6, 93%).

citizens’ right

Registration in a prohibited registry is a right of citizens who, at the request of the person concerned, prevents access to those online or face-to-face games on which the competent public administration has determined the need to carry out the prior identification of the player.

In the event that the registration is made in the General Registry of Gambling Access Bans (RGIAJ) of the DGOJ, the ban will affect online gambling and lotterieswhile, if it is done in the registers of the autonomous communities, face-to-face access to those games of chance and bets will be blocked where the respective regional regulations determine the need to verify the non-existence of registration.

Precisely, the Ministry of Consumption works with the autonomous governments in the signing of interconnection agreements with the aim of improving coordination between registries. In this way, situations will be avoided, for example, that a person who is in the register of self-bans from one autonomous community can play in another.


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