Singapore

 

Teo Chee Hean, deputy prime minister and minister for the civil service, said that civil servants who buy annual passes for either of Singapore's casinos or visit them frequently will be required to declare such visits. Teo said officials are "concerned about [a] recent spate of cases involving public officers,” as they could "undermine public confidence".

Gaming revenues for Resorts World Sentosa slipped 2.4 percent to S$548.6 million in the second quarter from the April-June period last year due to a "lower win percentage in the premium players’ business despite significant increase in its rolling volume," owner Genting Singapore PLC reported. Company revenues and profits from the resort were flat. "We have embarked on a focused strategy to drive more foreign visitor arrivals to the casino to deliver volume mass market play," the company said.

Police arrested 25 people in raids on two alleged gambling dens. The first raid, which lasted nine hours, netted 17 computers and two gambling machines along with 15 suspects from a unit of a commercial building. Seizures from the second raid, on a shophouse in Geylang labelled as an association, included 13 computers, 14 gambling machines and three mahjong tables. Ten men were arrested in the five-hour operation.

 

 

Singapore may look at tightening rules for civil servants entering casinos. The Public Service Division made the announcement after it was found that the assistant director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau was using agency funds to feed his gambling habit. A study published earlier this year found that “while the system as a whole remains sound, public officers cannot be complacent.”

 

 

 

Net revenue for the Marina Bay Sands casino resort rose 6.4 percent to $739.5 million in the second quarter from a year earlier while operating income rose 8.4 percent to $255.1 million. Casino revenue rose 7.3 percent to $590.3 million. Rolling chip volumes rose 24.9 percent to $14.37 billion but the hold was lower than expected at 2.53 percent compared with a 'normal' range of 2.7 percent to 3 percent. The win from mass market tables edged up 1.8 percent to $272.4 million while slot volumes were flat at $2.7 billion.

 

 

A man was arrested for trying to enter the Resorts World Sentosa casino using his friend's identification document. The man is on a list of gamblers excluded from entry to the country's casinos but used his friend's documents without his knowledge.

Separately, seven people were arrested and 12 computers seized in a raid on an illegal gambling den in Geylang. One of the suspects was believed to be involved in managing the site with the rest thought to be customers.

 

 

 

A court sentenced Pak Lian Huat to four weeks' imprisonment for paying S$500 ($396) each to Stephen Low Teck Khwee and Thanabal Sokalingam Thambusamy to pretend they were running illegal internet gambling cafes. The cafes were run by Cheh Back Hai who approached Pak for investment in his operations in exchange for a 40 percent share of profits, with both lining up others to take the blame if the cafes were raided. Cheh and Low were earlier sentenced  to four months' imprisonment, with Low also fined S$9,500. Thanabal received a 12 week sentence and fine of S$4,000.

 

Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong, an assistant director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, was charged 21 counts related to allegations he misappropriated S$1.7 million ($1.3 million) of the agency's money between 2008 and 2012. Twelve of the counts relate to allegations he used a chunk of the funds he took to gamble at the Marina Bay Sands casino. He is said to have spent more than S$240,000 at the casino between May and September 2012, with at least 12 visits.

 

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