Singapore’s online exemptions – the pros and cons

Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club are seeking to benefit from an exemption to the island state’s draconian ban on online gambling, with Pools already making plans to upgrade its systems despite the early stage of the approvals process. The Remote Gambling Act, which came into force on February 2nd 2015, is extremely broad and criminalizes the entire spectrum of remote gambling. It prohibits all forms of remote gambling activity, including facilitating gambling by others, transmitting and receiving bets and providing remote gambling services. It aims to target all participants in remote gambling activity, from the gambler to the betting agent to the operator. However, the Act does provide an exemption regime for operators. Under Section 26 of the Act, a person can apply for a certificate of exemption that would authorize the provision of a Singapore-based remote gambling service where (a) the service is provided in the course of carrying...

Intelligence Articles is a premium content section developed for AGB members only featuring in-depth articles on relevant items of interest across the multiple Asia Pacific Gaming jurisdictions. To continue reading, subscribe now.