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Casino Games in Singapore

Gambling in Singapore has a long and interesting history, and it all boils down to one phrase: it’s difficult to do.


Thanks to Singapore’s Remote Gambling Act of 2014, pretty all forms of gambling are completely illegal in the country. That’s true if you live there or if you’re just visiting.

So if you’re a big gambler, you’ll want to be careful where you go and how you try to gamble.

Luckily, there are legal ways of gambling within the country so long as you’re happy to use very specific websites and play very specific games.

Strictly Singapore

Online casinos in Singapore are few and far between. That’s because for all intents and purposes, gambling is illegal in Singapore.

Now that’s not strictly true. There are a couple of online casinos that you can use, but they’re Government licensed and there are some games you’re just not allowed to play. For instance, you’re not going to be playing blackjack or roulette.

You’re pretty much limited to sport betting and lottery, which is fine for the most part. It will scratch that gambling itch if nothing else. If you’re looking for anything more than this, you’re probably not going to find it, and you’re certainly not going to find it legally.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most out those two casinos, because you absolutely can. And millions of people are doing just that. Gambling in Singapore is definitely getting more popular, even with the limits in place that there are. And many of them are tourists.

Singapore is definitely getting a bit of a reputation for its gambling life, but don’t be fooled. Things might change in the near future, but it’s still pretty difficult.

Gambling and Rules

To this day, you still have to pay an entry fee to the two legal casinos in Singapore. That means $100 per day or $2,000 for a yearly pay.

You must also be 21 years of age or older. Tourists can play for free so long as you’ve got a passport or ID card, but you must still meet the age limits.

And if you think this is tough, you might start asking about why so many Thai people are making the trip into Singapore to gamble.

The reality is that the rules are even harsher across the border, and so many people take their holidays just so they can take advantage of Singapore’s casinos.

If you’re in Singapore, you’ll find it quite easy to find ways to gamble online – so long  as they match the rules above.

From Singapore, Seeking Casino

If you’re leaving Singapore and are suddenly met with hundreds and thousands of online casinos all over the world, it can be a little bit overwhelming.

The important thing is to not get carried away! Decide what you want to do and then do a little research to make sure you know for sure what you’re getting into before you pay any money.

From there, go mad. Enjoy the endless fun of the internet. Enjoy playing Blackjack on your phone. Just make sure you check the local gambling laws before doing anything.

Modern gambling in most Countries around the world is highly efficient. You can play any game you want. All you have to do is pay the money, and the rest is done for you.

Like in Singapore, these are usually well regulated. You’ll be safe so long as you use any popular casino.

Think about how much money you want to realistically spent before you even put in your card details. If you’re a tourist especially. There are places in the world – France is one of them – where you might need to pay a tax upon checking out. Do you have enough money to cover any eventuality?

All good casinos accept major payment methods, so that can be a good indication of what you’re getting into. If you feel uncomfortable about what’s being offered, it’s probably for the best that you get out of there as soon as possible.

Of course, there’s also physical casinos that offer just as much fun as in Singapore. We could write an entire article about this alone, but, as always, pop the name into Google before you arrive so that you know what to expect.


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blank Mat Growcott has been a long-time member of the gaming press. He's written two books and a web series, and doesn't have nearly enough time to play the games he writes about.

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