Tuesday, 13th August 2013
The Singapore Government is tightening rules on civil servants visiting casinos. Public officers who visit casinos in Singapore frequently or buy the annual casino entry levy will soon need to declare these actions. Recently, a former assistant director at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Edwin Yeo, was charged with criminal breach of trust involving S$1.7 million.
Wednesday, 11th July 2012
In the first half of 2012, Singapore Government collected S$93 Million in Casino Entry Levies from locals visiting the city's two casinos. Which translated to about 2 millions Singaporean and PR visits a year. Or about 1,500 local visits each of the casino on any given day. The is a visible rise in gambling addiction amongst wealthy in Singapore. And going to the casino is becoming a social norm here.
Wednesday, 9th November 2011
A 58-year old Vegetarian Food Stall Owner, Madam Choo Hong Eng, felt short-changed by Sands Casino. According to her, she had struck jackpot win of S$416,000. Instead of paying her the full amount, the Casino told her there was a hitch in the system and her price money was only S$50,000 plus a sports car. So it will be case of Madam Choo (The Jackpot-er) vs. Mister Adelson (The Casino Owner). Update: The casino agreed to pay her the full amount - with CCTV footage and eye-witnesses to back her claim. Also she gave her statement at the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA). As Madam Choo was enjoying herself in Taiwan at the time when the casino made the decision, was informed by her lawyer. Madam Choo has plague to donate $200,000 to charity. Hum... which charity???
Thursday, 17th February 2011
The Marina Bay Sands (MBS) was declared fully opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The MBS Integrated Resort (IR) had its soft launch April 2010. Revellers at the Bayfront Promenade and Event Plaza was treated to a water and light show which premiered at 8:08pm on 17 February 2011.
Thursday, 16th September 2010
Government announced that more one million locals (Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident) visited the two Casinos (Sands and Resort World) since it opened seven months ago. As every locals that visited needs to pay a $100 entrance fee, which meant that the government gross one hundred million dollars during this period. Even this good money for the government, they did raise some social concerns. Recently the government stop the two casinos from operating free shuttle bus services which ply the heartlands.
Tuesday, 27th April 2010
Marina Bay Sands Casino set its focus is on high-end business travellers as well as the meetings and convention sectors. Unlike Resorts World Sentosa which targets leisure travellers mainily from Malaysia and Mainland China. Sands will opened the S$7.7 billion Marina Bay project in phases. In this phase one opening, only the hotel rooms, part of the shopping mall, 3 restaurants and most importantly the casino was opened. Marina Bay Sands has received its casino licence from the Singapore Government just in time for this opening.
Friday, 26th March 2010
3 Men, between the ages of 46 and 64, were caught cheating in Resorts World Sentosa's casino. One of them had placed a bet at the roulette table after the result was known. But he left the table without collecting his bet and winnings when he realised his act had been spotted.
Wednesday, 10th March 2010
Ooi Boon Huat, an Unemployed 56 year-old man, caught stealing by Sentosa Resort World Casino security at about 12.10pm. He had stolen 10 pieces of 500 cash chips amounting to $5,000. Mr. Ooi is the second person that is investigated by the Casino Crime Investigation Branch of Criminal Investigation Department to be brought to court.
Monday, 15th February 2010
Singapore's Resort World Casino successfully opened on Chinese New Year (14 February 2009) and made 3.6 Millions Dollars on its first day of operations. The new casino draws large crowds of gamblers and casual visitors to its compound. In the first week of operations, the casino received more than 149,000 visitors. Many were Singaporeans or citizens of neighbouring Malaysia. Locals have to pay the S$ 100 (US$ 70) per day Singapore Government Levy to gamble in any Singapore Casino.
Sunday, 14th February 2010
Sentosa's casino, Resorts World, open on the first day of Chinese New Year. The S$6.6 billion casino welcomes its first public guests at the auspicious time of 12:18 pm, It is said that 12 18 when pronounced in Cantonese (a Chinese Dialect) sounds like "striking prosperity", which meant to bring good luck to the Casino owners. Admission will be by S$10 tickets, according to the casino, was meant only to ensure crowd control and to prevent over-crowding. Singaporeans and Permanent Residences have to pay a $100 Government Levy to enter the casino, while foreigner and tourist gets in for free.
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