More gambling joints join Singapore’s self-exclusion scheme; da Vinci works headed to Marina Bay

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More gambling joints join Singapore's self-exclusion scheme; da Vinci works headed to Marina BaySingapore’s centralized self-exclusion program welcomed more members to its fold when 23 non-casino operators signed up and joined the scheme earlier this week. Most of the new members are social clubs and sports betting clubs and while the numbers represent a positive endorsement for the program, it still represents just a third of all non-casino operators in the country.

The challenge now for the Singapore’s Responsible Gambling Forum is to expand awareness for this scheme to some of the smaller social clubs, who have yet to sign up to the program. There are about 70 non-casino operators, operating in about 90 venues, with 2,000 jackpot machines.

The self-exclusion scheme was originally implemented so that Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) could ban themselves from entering the country’s two casinos in Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands. In May, the scheme was expanded to include other gambling establishments in the country, including jackpot clubs and sports betting clubs, making it easier for players to exclude themselves to all types of gambling shops in Singapore.

As the country continues to work its way around having more shops join the self-exclusion scheme, Marina Bay Sands has just scored an exhibition of a lifetime, featuring original works from none other than Leonardo da Vinci.

Among the unique works that will be exhibited, include 26 original pages from the Codex Atlanticus, da Vinci’s notebook that contains some of his most important writings and drawings. The pages of this notebook will come to Singapore all the way from one of the world’s most famous Renaissance museums, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, Italy.

The museum will also feature the Renaissance artist’s original paintings, video projections, reproduction of other parts of the codex and models of his inventions.

According to a statement issued by Marina Bay Sands, the da Vinci: Shaping the Future exhibition will be held at the resort and casino’s ArtScience Museum from November 15, 2014 to May 2014. Ticket prices for the exhibit have yet to be announced.


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