Singapore updates gambling laws to allow social gambling, ban skin betting

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Singapore has launched a public consultation on tweaks to its gambling laws, which will allow for physical, social gambling amongst friends and family.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said it recognizes that gambling between friends and family is a socially acceptable pastime in Singapore. However, the exemption will not be extended to playing online.

It also says that lines have begun increasingly blurred between online casinos and social games offering cash prizes and as a result proposes changes. It wants to put a value cap of $100 on prizes in mystery boxes and claw games.

The government is also fine tuning its approach to games offering virtual prizes to ensure that they cannot be monetized on third-party sites.

Singapore banned online gambling in 2014. Under the Remote Gambling Act 2014, players gambling online will be committing a criminal offense.

Government statement