06 Feb 2012

The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) has imposed financial penalties totalling $255,000 on Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd. (MBS), and financial penalties totalling $130,000 on Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. Ltd. (RWS), for breaching the Casino Control Act and its Regulations during the period 28 October 2010 to 30 April 2011 and 15 August 2010 to 30 April 2011 respectively. RWS was also separately censured for 5 cases of similar breaches.

2. The casino operators did not comply fully with the social safeguard requirements which are put in place to contain and control the potential harm of casino gambling to society. CRA therefore imposed disciplinary actions on the casino operators for a specified number of instances for failing to prevent the following persons from entering and/or remaining on their casino premises:

  • Singapore citizens and permanent residents (SCPRs) without valid entry levies, including those who stayed beyond the 24 hours’ validity of their day entry levies;
  • persons prohibited from entering the casinos by an exclusion order; and
  • minors (i.e. persons under 21 years old).

3. Financial penalties and censures were imposed in these instances:

Breaches MBS RWS
For allowing SCPRs to enter the casino without valid entry levies In respect of 14 SCPRs  In respect of 5 SCPRs
For allowing SCPRs with expired entry levies to remain in the casino In respect of 2 SCPRs In respect of 3 SCPRs
For allowing excluded persons to enter and/or remain in the casino In respect of 6 excluded persons In respect of an excluded person
For allowing minors to enter and/or remain in the casino In respect of 2 minors In respect of 6 minors and censures in respect of 5 minors

4. Commenting on the breaches, Chief Executive of the CRA, Mr Lau Peet Meng said, “These social safeguards are put in place to mitigate the casino's potential impact on vulnerable persons and to ring fence the casinos from potential criminal influence. Hence, we are taking tough disciplinary action against the casino operators for the cases where they have failed to show due care in complying with our requirements to prevent minors and excluded persons from entering the casinos, and to ensure that entry levies are duly paid. The operators will need to improve their entry systems and processes, exercise more diligence in carrying out their checks, and comply fully with our laws and regulations. CRA will not hesitate to take firm action against the operators should such incidents recur.”

Corporate Communications Unit
Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore
06 February 2012