What is the Gambling Age Limit in Singapore?

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This is a very common question or people to have. They want to know how old they have to be to play the games at a Singapore casino. There are two types of casinos in Singapore. There are the live casinos that not only have a casino, but also have hotels, restaurants, bars and entertainment attached to them. The second type of casinos that can be found in Singapore is the online casinos. These are the casinos that can be accessed from a computer or mobile device.

The legal gambling age in Singapore is 21. That means that in order to play the games at the online casinos a person has to be at least 21 years of age. There is no maximum age for anyone that wants to enjoy the casinos. The age is the same for both online and live casinos.

While a person has to be 21 to play the games at the casino, they do not have to be that old to be in the casino facilities. Because the live casinos offer some much more than just the gambling, there are many places where people younger than 21 are allowed to be. It only means that they cannot gamble and may not be permitted in the gambling area if they are not 21.

Als0 the Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) enforced the Remote Gambling Act  on Feb. 2, 2015. The new law not only makes it illegal to offer unlicensed gaming within the country’s borders, but also makes it a criminal offense for the country’s residents to gamble remotely with unauthorized gaming operators or facilitate others to do so.

This new law blocked access to any unlicensed online website that provides, facilitates, advertises or promotes remote gambling services. Banking transactions related to unlicensed gaming activities are also blocked.

The Remote Gambling Act criminalizes a host of remote gambling activities, which includes phone betting. Gamblers may get up to six months in jail or a $5,000 fine, with stiffer penalties for those guilty of luring people under 21.

Internet service providers and financial institutions which fail to abide by a blocking order will face punishment. There is also a ban on online gambling ads. Since the law was passed, major foreign online gambling sites such as bet365.com have already closed their customers accounts. Leader-boards which reward top players, or tournaments where players can win prizes or money in real life, will also be allowed, as long as these are not casino-style games.

Local gambling operators Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club are  exempt from this law, as they currently allow registered customers to place bets via smart devices.

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