According to a British gambling consultancy, Singaporeans are the 2nd biggest gamblers in the whole world and this is despite very strict laws against gambling in the country.
It was only in 2004, that the government decided to allow 2 integrated casino resorts to be built in the country – namely, Marina Bay Sands & Resorts World Sentosa. In 2006 the Casino Control Act was enacted to legalize the operations of the said casinos. However, in spite of this legalization certain conditions applied. The Act specified that only these 2 casinos may operate and only with the full offering of a “resort” to compliment the Hotel & Casino. Another condition was that foreigners were free to enter the casino but local players were required to pay 100SGD.
Of these 2 casinos, only Resorts World Sentosa has a poker offering. Poker limits start with SG$10-SG$20, and with those limits plus the required casino entry fee, the local poker community are discouraged to play the game in a legal setting.
This had forced them to conduct home games at a great risk. Anyone caught having home games could be fined SG$1000 for playing and SG$20,000 for hosting or be jailed for 2 months. Having this great risk, Singaporeans turned to online poker to get their fix.
But in February 2015, the Remote Gambling Act of 2014 was enacted banning all online gambling including online poker sites. The fine for playing online was stipulated at SG$5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months. For operators, the Act made it more stringent – operators caught accepting Singaporean players in their site would have a penalty of not less than SG$20,000 and not more than SG$500,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding 7 years.
Being placed in a corner, Singaporeans have no choice but to take the risk of a home game.
Capital : Singapore
Languages : English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
population : 5.5 million
Currency : Singapore dollar
Calling code : +65
Time zone : UTC+08:00
Live poker: Only Resort World Sentosa is offering Live Poker
Online poker: No
Online rooms: Possible sanction against players. Cash In & Cash Out restrictions. All major poker sites are still accepting Singaporean player.
Internet: Excellent quality
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