Casino exclusions in Singapore show an upward trend

The numbers of individuals excluded from Casinos in Singapore close to 15 percent in 2015.

Singapore.- The Asian country’s system for banning individuals with gambling problems from the city-state’s casinos, has proved effective during the past year. This programme includes self exclusions, family exclusions and automatic exclusions by casinos.

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling the number of problem gamblers excluded rose 15 percent in 2015, resulting in 277,500 people who are banned from entering into Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore’s two casinos.

The interesting fact here is that most of these individuals excluded themselves by submitting their own names. Nearly 233,500 people self excluded, which amounts to 84 percent of the total, whilst 1 percent were applications filed by relatives or loved ones of the problem gamblers. The remaining 42,000 were banned by Singapore’s government with the criteria of being currently receiving financial aid, having declared bankruptcy or living in a subsidised apartment and having failed to pay their rent for six months or more. Gamblers who fail to fulfill the ban face penalties ranging from fines to jail time.