Singapore Marina Bay Sands Casino and Resorts World Sentosa are among the most expensive and popular gambling facilities in the world. They attract tourists from all corners of the earth with exclusive services, amazing kinds of entertainment, favorable gambling conditions, and extra opportunities that are provided for customers.
Unfortunately, some visitors of Singapore casinos do not find it useful to get acquainted with the rules that are valid for foreign gamblers and locals. Such carelessness often leads to disastrous consequences such as huge fines and prison sentences.
Let's find out what is allowed and what is prohibited in Singapore casinos. Our advices and warnings published below will help you to avoid problems in Singapore.
The article is primarily intended for gamblers. Recommendations on how to behave in gambling facilities in Singapore are provided below. To a greater extent, the article deals with the things that are prohibited in local casinos.
Gambling operators that want to open their business in the country should address professional lawyers for advice.
Who May Gamble in Singapore Casinos?
Singapore casino rules don't seem to be complicated, but some intricacies should be taken into consideration.
Local citizens and permanent residents of Singapore may attend casinos and gamble, but they have to pay some fee for visiting gambling houses. The fee for attending casinos reaches one hundred dollars per day. The time until the end of the billing period is taken into account. The fine reaches one thousand dollars.
Users who are under the age of twenty-one are not allowed to attend casinos. Their citizenship is not taken into consideration. Even if you have reached the age of majority in accordance with the legislation of your country, access to gambling houses is denied to persons below 21 years of age.
A casino administration and representatives of the Casino Regulatory Authority may prohibit any person to attend a gambling facility. For example, if he or she is declared bankrupt. Violation is punished by a fine that can reach ten thousand dollars or a prison sentence of up to twelve months.
Gamblers and members of their families may request to deny access to the casino. The self-exclusion program aimed at combating problem gambling is valid everywhere.
In general, any attempts to violate the gambling-related laws of Singapore are punished by imposing fines, prison sentences, and other methods.
Is Card Counting Allowed?
In Singapore casinos, card counting is not considered a crime if gamblers do not use electronic devices or other equipment. In other words, if you count in your mind, you will not have any problems (at least, the official ones). However if you start to count using your smartphone, you will be at least warned.
Don't do this in Singapore casinos!
Below we want to discuss the things that will inevitably result in serious punishment. You can either be fined or sentenced for them.
Don't attend casinos using identity documents of other people
Do not try to enter a gambling facility using your friend's passport, brother's driver's license, or other documents that do not belong to you. This is considered to be a fraud, even if you do not violate other rules for attending the casino.
Don't leave casinos with chips
Although you have paid for the casino chips, they are not your property. You may use them for gambling inside the facility only. You cannot take them out, even if you just want to have them as a souvenir.
Moreover, it is prohibited to keep chips for large amounts of money outside casinos at the level of the legislation of Singapore. Violation of this rule is fined in the amount of up to one hundred and fifty thousand dollars (or up to five years behind bars).
Why are the rules and punishment so strict? Actually, tokens in most Singapore casinos are equipped with microchips. They perform several functions:
They help to distinguish real chips from the fake ones;
Contain various data;
They provide the opportunity to combat against frauds (late bets and so on).
Operators prohibit customers to take chips from casinos to prevent hackers from deciphering the information encoded. This would allow them to use it in order to deceive the gambling house or manufacture fake tokens.
However do not be afraid that you can accidentally take the tokens. It is not easy to take them away even deliberately, since, as already mentioned above, they have built-in microchips. So you will not be able to pass the security desk.
This advice seems obvious, but some gamblers believe that such behavior of foreigners will be ignored in Singapore casinos. Do not count on the indulgence of gambling operators. They are pleased to welcome foreign customers, but they will never allow them to cheat.
Thus, you should never
bring fake tokens and dice;
use mechanisms and electronic devices that affect the operation of slot machines, roulette wheels, video poker games, and other games of chance;
use smartphones, tablets, and mini computers that can help you to calculate the probability of winning;
try to find out cards of your neighbors;
try to figure out a dealer's face-down card in American blackjack;
make bets when the dealer has already stopped to accept them;
claim yourself to be a representative of the casino staff;
use failures in the casino slots, electronic systems that accrue comp points, or other equipment for your own benefit;
confuse the dealer forcing him or her to make mistakes.
Keep in mind that the casino administration does not have to prove that you have used any device for cheating. If you have them, this is considered to be a crime.
Don't conclude deals with the casino staff
Casino visitors often try to provoke dealers, pit bosses and managers for all sorts of violations of the rules. We are not talking about large-scale scams with decks of marked cards and other operations that require the participation of the casino staff. Sometimes intoxicated customers try to convince dealers to deviate slightly from the rules. For example, they ask not to remove a late bet or allow them to take a look at the neighbor's cards.
Do not try to do anything like that in Singapore casinos. At best, you will be forced to cash out the chips and leave the facility. In the worst case, there will be a trial with fraud charges and a huge fine.
How Cheaters Are Figured Out?
Singapore casinos are equipped with the advanced technological achievements. They are crammed with CCTV cameras, microphones, microchips, sensors, jammers, face and voice recognition systems, as well as other devices that can effectively combat any fraud.
Gambling operators never cut corners on security officers, inviting experienced professionals from different fields.
In addition, there is a powerful witness protection system in Singapore. Witnesses of unlawful actions in casinos are not afraid to report about them, because they know that scammers will not find out who is the source of information.
Some Real Stories
To convince you that gambling operators and authorities of the country are intolerable to cheaters, we want to tell you about some symptomatic cases.
The twenty-three-year-old man Lin Chaori secretly wagered five hundred dollars after the final result was revealed while playing Sic-Bo at Marina Bay Sands Casino. His payout could have reached twenty-five thousand dollars, but the dealer noticed the violation of the rules and called the manager. For this crime, the unlucky cheater could have received seven years in prison and a fine of up to one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, but he was put behind bars only for four weeks.
Three customers of Marina Bay Sands took advantage of a failure in the casino electronic loyalty program and received free credits that allowed them to win almost nine hundred thousand dollars. When the fraud was revealed, the scammers were sentenced to twelve to twenty-six months in prison. They also had to return the money.
Two Chinese students were sentenced to eight and fifteen weeks in jail, respectively, for provoking a dealer at Marina Bay Sands to cheat in baccarat. The dealer did not take their lost chips, paid out them more and issued chips in other illegal ways. The dealer was also put behind bars for eight months and received another year suspended.
Four Turks played three card poker at Resorts World Sentosa Casino exchanging their cards between each other. One of them distracted the dealer, the other one deflected pit boss attention away from them, and two others made the basic manipulation. Cheaters were revealed thanks to video surveillance. They were sentenced to six to twelve months in jail.
As you can see, operators of Singapore casinos don't go easy on scammers. Even if you violate the rules of the facility by ignorance, you cannot escape punishment.
A full list of possible violations of the casino rules is published in an official document called the Casino Control Act (CCA). It is available on the government Singapore Statutes Online website.
To sum up, it is important to note that the vast majority of Singapore casino visitors do not face such problems. Customers are not put behind bars just for a pair of chips found in their pockets or careless behavior at the table. Just try to avoid troubles and feel free to ask employees if you do not know what to do.