Protecting the locals

    Published in: Latest Intelligence Singapore sticks to its guns on local access to casinos as one of the barriers the city state has put up to its residents seeing the inside of a casino while operators face stringent regulation with fines coming out of the bottom line. The entry levy innovation system is being studied by other places considering legalization. In many places, tales of people falling into debt from gambling, clashing with their family and turning to crime or other desperate measures are common news fodder. Not so much in Singapore. The city-state has been home to two casino-equipped “integrated resorts” since 2010 and to legal slot machines, a lottery, sports betting and horse racing for much longer but the local media, not known for probing the underside of Singapore’s sunny and prosperous facade, has found little to report here. Even local groups that treat gambling addicts are reluctant to discuss...

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