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Online Poker Addiction Climbing

Published torsdag 20 juli 2006 kl 12.50

The manager of Sweden’s only clinic dedicated to gambling addiction says this summer has been a record breaker when it comes to the number of young people seeking treatment.

He blames the online poker site set up by state owned gaming company Svenska Spel.

The government will investigate the claims and if they are found to be true, has promised to review Svenska Spel’s permit.

Sweden’s largest gaming company started its poker site in April and by June had 65 000 users. Svenska Spel comments that they have not had any indication that their site has increased the number of gambling addicts but say if it’s true, counter measures will be taken.

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