Singapore

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,

Chin Jun Cheng, a dealer at the Marina Bay Sands, and his uncle Ong Teck Meng have each received nine month prison sentences for cheating the casino. Chin was

found to have dealt advantageous cards to Ong and to have given excess chips to Ong when his uncle would ask him to change larger value ones. The two were arrested in January after security staff observed Chin overpaying Ong while they were under suspicion.

Marina Bay Sands casino won a S$240,868 ($187,782) judgment, plus interest and legal costs, against gambler Lester Ong, who had sought to avoid paying back credit the Las Vegas Sands Corp.-owned casino extended him by arguing that he no longer qualified as a "premium player" entitled to credit when the casino gave it to him. His argument was that he had withdrawn the S$100,000 deposit required to qualify for premium status under Singapore regulations. The case is the first the casino has brought to court in Singapore.

 

 

Singapore police arrested 18 people in a raid on an alleged gambling den in a Geylang shophouse. Police said two of the suspects were allegedly involved in operating the site, with the other 16 bettors. Six mahjong tables were seized.

 

 

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.

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