Despite an increase in the number of residents who participated in gambling, problem gambling figures remain almost the same since 2005.
Singapore.- Problem gambling is probably the most observed aspect of the gaming industry as the segment attempts to maximise profit without having a negative impact on the population. That’s why Singapore’s industry is probably celebrating right now, as the number of problem gamblers has remained stable since 2005 despite the number of participants increasing in that period.
The Singaporean National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) revealed recently that the country’s “probable pathological and problem gambling rates have remained stable” since they first surveyed it in 2005. The news is especially relevant considering 52 per cent of Singaporeans engaged in at least one form of gambling activity in 2017.
The number of residents who gambled last year is up from 2014’s 44 per cent, but still under the 58 and 54 per cent reported in 2005 and 2008 respectively. However, the NCPG has explained the rate can be considered to have been “relatively stable over the last 12 years.”
Singapore can be glad to announce the overall probable pathological and problem gambling rates – according to the NCPG – “remain stable at less than one per cent (0.8),” despite opening two integrated resort casinos back in 2010, in addition to the official launch of regulated online gambling.