Singapore

The match-fixing trial of nightclub owner Eric Ding is scheduled to begin in Singapore this week. Ding is accused of providing prostitutes for a Lebanese referee and his two assistants in return for fixing an international match in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup. The case stems back to April last year when the Lebanese arrived to officiate at a match between Singapore's Tampines Rovers and East Bengal of India. They were intercepted by Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Guoco Leisure first-quarter profit fell 29.2 percent to US$16.5 million on the costs of rebranding its hotels and other higher operating expenses. Revenue in the three months to end-September rose 3.2 percent to $107.8 million. 

The number of people who are not allowed to enter Singapore's two casinos has reached a high of 175,680, almost four times the 47,178 placed under exclusion orders in June 2011. The measure was introduced to help curb problem gambling four years ago. 

People can apply to exclude themselves or put family members on a list if they feel they are at risk. The figures from the National Council on Problem Gambling show 130,556 people were under self-exclusion orders as of last month and about 90 percent are foreigners living or working in Singapore.

 

A 31-year old croupier has been accused of colluding with a 29-year-old female patron to cheat while playing at the the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino. The two were arrested after the casino operator alerted police to the matter on June 18th. If found guilty, they each face a maximum fine of S$150,000 or a jail term of up to seven years, or both.  

 

UBS has revised upwards its 2014 forecast for Singapore’s gross gaming revenue to 12 percent from 8 percent previously because of growth in the VIP segment. 

The firm has almost doubled its estimates for VIP growth to 19 percent next year, from 10 percent previously. The growth in the VIP segment comes at the expense of the mass market, which is likely to see growth slow to 3 percent next year, down from a previous estimate of 7 percent.

The Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) of Singapore has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Great Britain Gambling Commission (GBGC) at the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) conference in Oslo this week.  

From October 1, Singapore government officials in senior or sensitive roles such as enforcement or regulatory oversight must declare any casino visit within seven days, according to new rules announced by the Public Service Division (PSD).  

Measures to prevent problem gambling, such as exclusion orders and casino visit limits, together with the wearing off of the novelty factor, have resulted in the amount of levies collected from local residents falling for the last two consecutive years.  In its annual report, the Casino Regulatory Authority's chairman, Richard Magnus, stated that, 

On Sunday night police in Singapore arrested nine men they say they found gambling at a table in a hawker's market.  Seven of the men, who were aged between 43 and 59 years, will be charged with illegal gambling, while the other two will be charged with promoting illegal gambling.  Police seized gambling equipment and S$1,323 (US$1,000) cash in the raid.

 

Singapore police and the anti-corruption agency announced that they had arrested 12 men and two women this Wednesday, in an alleged soccer match-fixing investigation. After Singapore was identified by Europol as being the center for a number of international criminals responsible for match-fixing in February this year,

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