Strict control and gambling bans in Singapore
No private events in Singapore are allowed, according to the ‘Private Lotteries Act’. There are still possibilities to gamble in this country though, in the form of public lotteries. They’re strictly regulated by the ‘Common Gaming Houses Act’, which prohibits machine-based games such as terminal-based gaming, public lotteries and Bingo. There are a few exceptions, but most of the tame casino games and public lotteries are controlled in an effective way. It’s also not possible to participate in land-based sports betting in Singapore. However, the Betting Act has made an exception for the following main gambling operators:
• Singapore Totalisator Board
• Singapore Turf Club
• Singapore Pools
Exceptions in Singapore
The government of Singapore has prohibited all kinds of gambling to control it, and has only made a few exceptions. For example, there are two public casinos in the entire country. According to the ‘Remote Gambling Act’ of Singapore, online gambling is illegal unless there’s made an exemption. This has happened in the recent past, since Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club are allowed to organize remote sports betting.
Very high minimum bets
Interesting to note is that the Japanese gambling law has been inspired by the Singapore law. This means that the minimum bet in these countries is very high, so that only a few people can spend money on gambling. The minimum bets also generate a lot of revenue. Regulation of this way of gambling is done by the ‘Casino Control Act’, so that problems such as gambling addictions will not occur in Singapore.
Land-based table games in just one Cypriot casino
Gambling in Singapore is governed by the ‘Betting Law’ of 2012. Gambling enthusiasts can enjoy slot and other terminal-based gaming in this European country. There’s a maximum of 50 machines though. Land-based table games are allowed in one single Cypriot casino, namely the Melco Cyprus Resort. This place will open its doors in 2019. Online gambling is not allowed in Cyprus, expect for sports betting.