Singapore

A Singapore court has convicted and jailed a third man involved in a scam last year to cheat the Marina Bay Sands of $19,700 ($14,000).

Regulators, operators and sports bodies need to improve international cooperation if they are effectively to tackle match fixing, which experts say is increasingly centred on Asia.

Singapore police have arrested 41 men and one woman for illegal gambling and gang-related activities after a five-hour raid.

Record high tourism arrivals are not feeding through to the bottom line of Singapore’s two casinos, with gross gambling revenue expected to be flat for 2017.

Genting Bhd, the Malaysian conglomerate that controls the country’s only casino operator, as well as Genting Singapore and properties in the U.S., Bahamas and the U.K., offers a good value entry point to Association of Southeast Asian Nation gaming markets, CLSA notes.

Genting Singapore swung to a net profit of S$159.98 million (US$113.2 million) for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared to a net loss of S$7.8 million in the prior year period.

Visitor arrivals and tourism spending in Singapore hit record highs in 2016 despite challenging economic conditions, according to figures released by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Tuesday. While visitor arrivals grew 7.7 percent to 16.4 million in 2016, tourism receipts rose even higher, increasing 13.9 percent to SG$24.8 billion (US$17.5 billion) in 2016.

Casinos across Asia must find a way to balance innovative new payment solutions with a labyrinth of multi-jurisdictional AML, compliance and responsible gaming requirements, according to a number of industry insiders.

 

 

Casinos across Asia must find a way to balance innovative new payment solutions with a labyrinth of multi-jurisdictional AML, compliance and responsible gaming requirements, according to a number of industry insiders. One supplier told AGB on condition of anonymity that innovation in the payments space "remains a thorny issue", adding that while operators don’t want to lose customers, the need to adhere to strict AML requirements tends to take precedence.



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Singapore’s two IRs are seeing improved profit due to cost cuts and operational efficiencies, but topline growth continues to be lacklustre with no new catalysts for gaming growth and increasing competition from other regional destinations.

Gaming addiction is viewed as a major challenge across Asia, with growing access to online and mobile gaming raising the risk for problem behaviour, researchers say.

 

Gaming addiction is viewed as a major challenge across Asia, with growing access to online and mobile gaming raising the risk for problem behaviour, researchers say. Concern over problem gambling is often cited as a key reason why regional governments ban access to casinos for their residents and how to effectively tackle the issue may play a role in shaping future legislation.



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