Singapore is implementing new measures to combat problem gambling that clarify and expand on the current policy of limiting monthly visits to the city’s two casinos by individuals deemed financially vulnerable.
The restrictions, which cam into effect June 1 and apply to citizens and permanent residents, will cap visits at a maximum of eight per month and could limit them to one a month. Some 4,000 to 6,000 individuals could be affected, according to news reports.
The restrictions will be of three types: Individuals may apply to the National Council on Problem Gambling for voluntary limits. Family members may apply for limits on a person’s behalf. Lastly, persons found to have poor credit records or are otherwise deemed vulnerable to financial harm due to gambling could have limits imposed on them by a committee of examiners appointed by the council.
The limits will differ from person to person and will vary with circumstances, the council said. Once imposed, a restriction will be in force until revocation is approved by the NCPG. Individuals will, however, have the opportunity to object.