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Singapore casinos hit with more six-figure fines over social safeguard breaches

TAGs: Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

singapore-casino-finesSingapore’s über-strict Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) has imposed more six-figure fines on its two integrated resorts, Las Vegas Sands’ Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Genting Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). The CRA handed MBS a bill for $337.5k while RWS was ordered to pay $190k for breaches of the Casino Control Act’s social safeguards between May 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. The CRA takes a dim view of the casinos allowing underage persons, individuals under casino exclusion orders or gamblers who either don’t possess valid entry levies or stay beyond the 24-hour validity period.

MBS was determined to have allowed 12 gamblers to enter the casino without a valid levy, while another 5 were found to have overstayed their allotted time. MBS also failed to block 16 excluded gamblers from returning to the scene of their gambling crimes (so to speak). RWS was found to have allowed entry by 12 levy-less gamblers, one Cinderella who didn’t realize the clock had struck midnight and five excluded gamblers. RWS was also rebuked for having allowed five foreign minors onto its premises “without reasonable excuse.”

The CRA has not been shy about fining its two casinos, which are considered the most profitable gaming joints on the planet. MBS was fined $475k in February, $130k in January, and $357k in August 2012. RWS was forced to cough up $100k in January, $600k last September and $140k last August. More recently, a RWS exec was fined $100k for providing false information to the CRA regarding undisclosed bonuses offered to gamblers for renewing their annual entry levies.

Meanwhile, former MBS croupier Oke Ching Siang was sentenced to three months in jail on Thursday for colluding with a female gambler to cheat his employer. Oke was found to have added $2,600 worth of casino chips to the gambler’s pile after she wooed him with a financial hard-luck story. Oke has already repaid the pilfered sum, which should help MBS at least partially offset the next six-figure bill the CRA leaves in its mailbox.

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