The Singaporean Government wants to block online casinos and sportsbooks, as well as payments to these sites.
Can Singaporeans bet at Bet365, compete for the big jackpot at All Slots Casino or play online poker at PokerStars? The fate of internet gambling in Singapore will be decided next week, when politicians take a vote on the new Remote Gambling Bill.
The Government wants to outlaw all forms of remote gambling, as well as to block websites and payments, and if the new Singaporean gambling laws pass playing online casino games or placing wagers via the internet or telephone will be a crime.
As long as they’re located in Singapore, players won’t be able to access any online or mobile casinos, sportsbooks or any other gambling sites.
However, according to the new bill, non-profit entities based in Singapore can ask to be included in the exemption regime if they contribute to public, social or charitable causes in the country. The organization needs to have a good track record, proving that it complies with the country’s regulatory requirements.
“In developing this Bill, MHA studied the laws and practices of other jurisdictions, such as Hong Kong, Norway, and France. A six-week-long public consultation was held to seek feedback on the proposed framework. Consultations with grassroots, social services, religious and industry groups were also conducted, and their views have been considered,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a press release.
“The objectives for regulating remote gambling are to maintain law and order, and protect young persons and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by remote gambling.”
Under the new law, advertising or promoting online gambling will also be considered an offence.