Gambling in Singapore
There are four old laws in Singapore that govern gambling. The Common Gaming Houses Act, the Betting Act, the Private Lotteries Act, and the Betting and Sweepstake Duties Act essentially outlaw gambling, unless explicitly permitted by other laws.
In order to allow casinos in Singapore, the city state passed the Casino Control Act of 2006 and established a licensing framework. Since then two mega resort casinos – Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa were opened. The two Singaporean casinos provide a large variety of games including slots, baccarat, blackjack, roulette and casino-style poker games. Local inhabitants and permanent residents are discouraged from playing in the casinos, which were built primarily as a tourist destination. Admission is free to all foreigners, while citizens of Singapore must pay a 100SGD daily entrance fee.
Gambling options open to Singaporeans include a variety of sports betting on international and domestic football (soccer) games as well as Grand Prix auto races. Singapore Pools, the state operated sportsbook, offers a large variety of football ‘in game betting’ through the internet or by use of a mobile sports betting app. It is simple and convenient to bet on sports in Singapore due to a large number of strategically placed kiosks which offer multiple sports betting options.
Online Gambling in Singapore
Legal internet casinos do not exist in Singapore as the city state lacks a framework to issue licenses. At the same time, legal experts agree that it is not illegal to gamble using foreign sites from one’s own home. Singaporeans take full advantage of the internet to play at foreign-based online casino, sportsbooks, poker rooms and bingo halls. Over 245 foreign internet casinos welcome players from Singapore, accept SGD currency, with the vast majority also offering Chinese and Malay translation and gaming options. Singapore’s ultra fast internet backbone permits even the most graphic intense 3D real money games to load instantaneously.
A large number of Singaporeans, who enjoy poker tournament or table poker games like Texas Hold’ Em, Stud or Omaha Hi/Lo play online poker against world-renowned pros at all major foreign-based internet poker-rooms. If you live in Singapore, feel free to register and play at any of the reputable gambling sites reviewed by Gaming Zion.
Update: In 2016, the Ministry of Home Affairs exempted two Singaporean operators from the Remote Gambling Act, allowing them to offer online betting services. Since then, Singaporean bettors above the age of 21 can use the online betting service to place their wagers on lottery games and sports such as football and car racing. However, casino-style games are still not allowed on the Singapore online betting sites.