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Singapore Suspects Arrested for Remote Gambling Services

May 5, 2015 · Filed Under Online Gambling Laws, Online Gambling News 

11 Singapore Suspects Arrested for Remote Gambling ServicesArrested for Remote Gambling Services in Singapore, First Crackdown on Syndicate Since New Laws Took Effect

Preliminary investigations have steered Singapore police to arrest 11 people in connection with illegally offering remote gambling services that wasn’t authorized. The suspects have received more than SGD3 million in bets from their illegal website in the past few weeks. Police raided the suspects houses with seizing more than SGD215,000 in cash plus betting and banking records, phones and computers.

The Remote Gambling Act was enforced in February with blocking all illegal online gambling sites in the country. Payment blocking orders were issued in February by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. This bill took effect April 17th. One of the main reasons the Remote Gambling Act 2014 was enforced is to block all remote gambling sites that unlawfully impair players to sign up and deposit money into the sites. Deputy Commissioner of Police Investigations and Intelligence released this statement regarding the Act-

“The Remote Gambling Act 2014 was enacted to tackle groups and individuals who profiteer from unlawful remote gambling to the detriment of the public at large. Police are determined to stamp out unlawful remote gambling and will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those who flout the law.”

If the 11 suspects are found guilty they could face jail time up to five years, a hefty fine of S$200,000 or both. Individuals found using the services could also be fined up to $5,000, or jailed up to six months, or both.

“This is the first syndicate to be investigated by the Singapore Police Force under the new Act. Police are determined to stamp out unlawful remote gambling and will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those who flout the law.” – Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations & Intelligence and CID) Tan Chye Hee

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Singapore’s Remote Gambling Act Goes Into Effect

February 4, 2015 · Filed Under Online Gambling Laws, Online Gambling News 

Remote Gambling Act is in Effect as a Remote Gambling Ban is Underway in Singapore, Individuals Fined or Serve Jail Time if Laws are Broken

Singapore's Remote Gambling Act Goes Into EffectFebruary 2nd was the first day of the Remote Gambling Act passed in October of last year that led to the banning of online gambling in Singapore. The Remote Gambling Act is written to make gambling via remote communication, i.e, mobile phones and the internet illegal.

The following message was released by the Ministry of Home Affairs, “The objectives of regulating remote gambling are to maintain law and order and to minimize the potential harm of remote gambling, especially to young persons and other vulnerable persons.”

The Remote Gambling Act was one of the first bills to be presented for regulation of internet gaming for control of illegal gambling and to protect the country’s residents. The approved bill has put restrictions on all poker and online casino games with only allowing a few types of sports betting style games to be played. Social gaming is still okay such as Candy Crush, but websites that advertise online gambling, or offer any of the restricted games will immediately be blocked.

All banking transactions will be blocked as well. Lawmakers made the following statement about social gaming. “The Act will not impede the development of legitimate social media gaming businesses and (we) will continue working with the gaming industry to ensure its continued growth and development.”

Singapore residents were blocked from several hundred gambling sites with the threat of a S$5,000 fine or six months imprisonment for individuals that broke the law.

The newly passed bill is not designed however to impede the development of legitimate gaming operators as the Media Development Authority (MDA) “plans on work with the games industry to clarify how the Bill will be put into operation.”

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New Remote Gambling Bill Casuing Gambling Restrictions

October 17, 2014 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling Laws, Online Gambling News 

New Remote Gambling Bill Restrictions is Cause of Gambling Operators Pulling Out of the Singapore Market, Players are Issued Warning to Withdraw Funds

New Remote Gambling Bill Casuing Gambling RestrictionsThe signs are all the same as operators begin to shutting down accounts in Singapore, “Due to regulatory developments we will no longer offer our services in Singapore.”
With the passing of the new online gambling regulations bill many online operators are left with no choice but to stop all players from wagering and playing casino games as of Oct. 15 with others to follow suit.

The Remote Gambling Bill that recently passed the senate restricting gambling to local non-profit operators only is causing a stir amongst players and operators that have been catering to Singapore players for quite some time.

Although the bill won’t take effect until next year sometime international gaming operators are already starting their retreat. UK’s premier gambling operator bet365, is already giving notice that accounts will be closed, asking players to start the withdrawal process of all monies left in accounts as soon as possible.

IBC Bet has also informed its customer they have until October 17th before restrictions will be implied. 888 Holdings and SBOBET are two other operators that are doing the same, but is giving more time and not cutting off gaming until the deadline date.

“Due to recent regulatory developments, we will no longer offer our products and services in Singapore.” “We regret to inform you that we are no longer able to provide services to accounts registered in your country,” its notice to users stated.” – IBC Bet

It will be interesting to see how successful the new gambling bill will be. Government officials declared that they will employ every measure for the blocking of payment processes and internet addresses, and will penalize any player that attempts to go around the block with using proxy servers or other private networks.

Operators like Will Hill and PokerStars have decide monitor the effects and will make their decision to inform players of changes that will affect them directly.

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Singapore Plans New Remote Gambling Legislation

September 8, 2014 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling Laws, Online Gambling News 

Singapore Plans New Remote Gambling LegislationThere is a proposed legislation that is about to change online gambling in Singapore. As news broke today, the announcement of the new bill to ban online gambling is about to see the light. At the next sitting in Parliament, the legislation known as the Remote Gambling Bill will be debated in order to make it illegal to advertise online gambling to citizens in Singapore.

The bill’s initiative will be to ban websites that offer online gambling as well as a ban on advertising and it will allow authorities to pressure banks and payment providers to block fund transfers to gaming operator websites.

Exempted entities will be subject to strict operating conditions, in the areas of social safeguards, responsible gambling, gaming integrity and law and order,” the Ministry of Home Affairs stated.

The scope of the bill’s measures are all aimed towards protection of younger citizens and those vulnerable from being harmed or exploited.

The remote gambling industry in 2012 was estimated at $44 billion with an annual growth of 9% which is five times that of conventional to restaurant gambling in Singapore. Now it is estimated that the remote-gambling market in Singapore along is said to be worth at least S$376 million and growing.

Restrictions will also apply to other forms of remote gambling on mobile devices and telephones. According to Second Minister of Home Affairs S. Iswaran,

Remote gambling is something that is growing, and it probably has a greater level of attraction with a more tech-savvy generation.

Gambling operators will be exempt if they meet criteria proposed by the Remote Gambling Bill if it is based in Singapore, non-profit, contribute to public and charitable causes and history of compliance with Singapore laws.

Exemptions may also apply to horse racing, F1 and football betting as the government looks to steer bettors towards authorized operators to improve social safeguards.

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Singapore Fines for Problem Gambling at Two Casino Resorts

January 2, 2013 · Filed Under Online Gambling Laws 

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.

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Singapore, Online Gambling Rising, Measures Of Prevention Needed

March 4, 2012 · Filed Under Online Gambling News 

Singapore is in need of clamping down on the problem of online gambling addiction and are desperate to get a hold on banning online players by cutting off revenue and blocking gambling sites in order to curb the rise of gambling addiction amongst it’s citizens.

Online gambling is rising faster than imagined with punters placing bets on their smartphones while on the go, on their computers at home or even at work.

According to Asia News Network, last year, such online gambling sites raked in US$357.2mil (RM1.07bil) from punters here. The year before, the figure was US$312.49mil (RM941.84mil), and in 2009, it was US$271.58mil (RM818.54mil).

Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Chan Chun Sing tagged online gambling as “an emerging concern”.

The gambling survey, which polled 3,315 Singapore residents aged 18 and up, identified online gamblers as faring the worst among all gamblers in exercising self-control.

Ms Anne Chui, who is a counsellor at National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH) said, “What can be done is the gambler himself can install a software in the computer that actually blocks out gambling site. I do see some of my patients doing that.”

An MCYS spokesman said the fact that online gambling allowed for continuous play and was accessible round the clock made it “a potentially highly addictive form of gambling”.

MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC Zaqy Mohamad said, “To a certain sense, it will be difficult to police. It’s something we probably have to study in greater detail. It’s the same issue we have with pornography. It’s difficult to monitor every single screen that goes on. Between online gaming and online gambling, there’s sometimes a fine line. If you play a casino online game for example, BlackJack, is that gambling? When do you consider it gambling – when you transact money or when it is just credits?”

Ms Lim Hui Khim, who is the Centre Head at the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centres, said: “The families are the main motivators to encourage the gamblers to come out and seek help. Of course, families will not go to IMH or NAMS for treatment. Normally, they reach out to a family service centre that’s near their area.

“If FSCs are able to be trained to manage families that are affected by debt problem and money management issues, we can actually support them on how to protect their own assets, manage their income and money so that they don’t have to always bail out the gamblers.”

Ms Lim said there are plans with the National Council on Problem Gambling to train counselors to support families dealing with gambling addiction.

Reported by Maggie B.

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Singapore – Should Government License/Regulate Online Gambling?

December 9, 2011 · Filed Under Online Gambling News 

Asia Pacific will be the fastest-growing region for casino gaming spending over the coming five years according to the latest release of PwC’s (PricewaterhouseCoopers) global gaming outlook.

Gaming revenue in Asia-Pacific, the PwC report projected, will grow from US$34.3 billion (S$43.96 billion) last year to US$79.3 billion in 2015. It also estimated that revenues from the two integrated resorts here will jump from US$4.4 billion this year to US$7.2 billion in 2015.

“There is a strong argument that, since consumers will engage in illegal online gaming anyway, it is better to license and tax it than to allow the revenues to go to unlicensed operators.”

Despite the fact, online gambling is outlawed in Singapore, Casino gaming revenues in Asia Pacific surged by a remarkable 49.7 percent in 2010, boosted by a 57.8 percent increase in Macau and the rapid emergence of casino gaming in Singapore.

Gaming analyst Jonathan Galaviz felt that governments in the region should certainly seize the growth opportunities, noting that there is “tremendous growth in online gaming, especially in poker”.

Galaviz is also quoted here as saying, “It’s probably an appropriate time for governments to, at the minimum, seriously research the issue and get up to speed on the topic for thoughtful policy discussions,” said the chief economist of Galaviz & Co, a consulting firm for casinos.

But other analysts are not sharing the same opinion as Galaviz & Co. In fact, stating, “legalising online gambling will likely cause a significant social impact.” Casino Consultant and senior partner at Platform Asia Management Services, Mr. Felix Ling, stated, “Once you allow online gambling, you are indirectly encouraging more people to flock there.

Agreeing with Mr. Ling’s statements is one Dr Derek da Cunha. Dr. da Cuhna is author of Singapore Places its Bets, a book on the social and economic impact of the entry of casinos into Singapore. Saying for the record, “If the Government were to legalise online gaming, it would simply give respectability to this activity. A consequence of that would be to draw new or novice players who would not otherwise engage in online gaming.” He added that the social consequences would be “incalculable, especially when people who are supposed to be at work, use their computers or handheld mobile devices to start punting”.

But there is also the argument that could be posed that if it would be a social consequence then why is it that in Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa and the Marina Bay Sands that opened in
2010, within a full year’s operation, both of the new resorts in Singapore, revenues are expected to reach $4.4 billion in 2011 and grow to $7.2 billion by 2015. Are we to believe that online gambling is the bigger evil than the casinos already generating greater revenue for Singapore, a major destination in Asia?

Reported by Maggie B.


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