Singapore incumbents get online gambling nod, but restrictions remain

More than 18 months after Singapore’s ban on online gambling took effect, the Ministry of Finance has finally given the nod to the two incumbent operators to offer internet gambling services to locals. Since the Remote Gambling Act came into force in February 2 last year, several hundred online gambling sites have been blocked, as well as bank accounts and credit card transactions linked to remote gambling payments. However, the blocking regime was not a sure-fire way to stop locals from accessing illegal gambling websites. “VPNs are an issue in Singapore and not just in gambling,” said Matt Pollins of Olswang Asia, the night before the Ministry posted its announcement. “I think there is evidence to suggest people will find overseas services to use and they will use technology solutions to bypass geoblocks.” The Ministry in its announcement said: “While our blocking regime is one of the most comprehensive in the world, and...

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