Singapore Casinos – Gradual Reduction In Local Betting

Posted: October 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

22nd Oct 2011  FRI

News extracts & commentary by Professional Ground panel

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“NCPG to expand services to gambling addicts”

CNA News:   SINGAPORE: The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is expanding its services to include not just counselling, but also financial and credit services.

In an update to Parliament on Friday, Acting Community Development, Youth & Sports Minister Chan Chun Sing said his ministry is also monitoring casino advertisements to ensure they do not glamourise gaming.

Latest figures show that as of 30 September, 29,000 people have applied to ban themselves from Singapore’s two casinos, up from 18,000 as of June.

22,700 Exclusion Orders were issued to foreign workers. Another 750 Family Exclusion Orders have also been issued.

Between January and August, nearly 570 addicts sought help at Tanjong Pagar Family Service Centre and the National Addictions Management Service, nearly double the 304 addicts in 2008.

Mr Chan said long-term support is needed to prevent recovering addicts from succumbing to the lure of the gaming tables.

“We are concerned with this issue, with or without the casinos, because even before the advent of casinos (in Singapore), we already have one to two per cent in terms of pathological or problem gambling. We watch this very closely, and we want to continue to ensure that we have a situation we can manage on our hands,” said Mr Chan.

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Professional Ground comments:

With the wings of Self-Exclusion from casinos taking off in Singapore, it is envisaged that the locals contribution to the casinos will drop by at least 10% – 15% over time in next two years.

* An interesting question remains – Will the Malaysian authority (especially the neighbouring Johore state) apply similar measure (i.e. exclusions) to curb Malaysian players coming over to Singapore casinos???   This is not unthinkable though.

Preventive measures are the primary approach to curb local casino patrons

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