The Casino Gaming Act of Singapore was created to make provisions for the operation and regulation of casinos and gaming in casinos and to establish the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore.
Recently, two of the city-states largest resorts faced fines for violation of social safeguards that required citizens to pay daily and annual entry levies who find it difficult or impossible of having self restraint with casino gambling.
Both Genting’s Resorts World Sentosa and Las Vegas Sands’ Marina Bay Sands where charge with fines totaling S500k (US$400k) for their failure to observe social safeguard requirements.
Singapore plans to be carried out by the middle of next year will impose limits on the number of times per month that citizens who willingly acknowledge or are judged to have a gambling problem may visit the city-state’s two integrated resorts.
The limits take three forms:
a. First the individual can apply to the National Council on Problem Gambling for voluntary self-imposed limits.
b. Family members can apply for family visit limits;
c. or the NCPG will have the power to appoint a Committee of Assessors to determine whether a third-party visit limit should be imposed on a person. Individuals will have the right to be heard and the right of appeal.
“Though the casino is a small component of the entire IR development, we recognize the impact it can have on law and order and problem gambling,” said Second Minister for Home Affairs, Trade and Industry S Iswaran. “The government is determined to keep Singapore safe and secure, and to ensure that our society’s strong work ethics and values are not compromised.”
Social safeguards for non-casino gambling, including remote gambling, are also being studied.