Singapore Issues Strict Regulations for Slot Machines in Social Clubs

SingaporeIn the social clubs of the city, Singapore is clamping down on the usage of slot machines. Recently the Ministry of Home Affairs issues a new set of regulations that will test on the overall expansion of not gaming amenities of the club for checking the game activity levels.

Any club that fails to clear the test will have to shut down its slot machines operations by the end of April 30, 2018. It was mentioned in the statement issued by the Department of Ministry.

K Shanmugam who is the Home Affairs and Law Minister was quoted in a local newspaper saying that the new rules were rolled out for checking that social clubs retain focus on social activities.

Ministry issued the following statement in media:

Over time, a number of clubs have relied on fruit machines as a major activity. This is not in line with the intention of allowing clubs to operate fruit machines only as an ancillary part of a broader suite of social and recreational offerings to club members. Many clubs will see a reduction in the number of fruit machines they can operate. The reduction in the number of fruit machines will be phased-in over the next two years.

As per the report of Ministry, approximately 82 jackpot venues are operating in Singapore with around 1,900 active jackpot machines. As per the new rule, the total number of active devices could be curtailed by one-third as per the Ministry.

According to the new regime, there will be strict criteria for operating the slot machines. There will be a reduction in the devices that are running individual clubs. From November this year, there will be tight regulations on those social clubs who are eligible to play slot machines. At the moment, the clubs are available to operate slot machines if a minimum of two other recreational facilities is also present.

From 2017 November, access to slot machines areas will be available within the clubs only to those people who are a member for at least one year and are aged more than 21 years.

At the moment, members who are more than 18 years can play slot machines. Club members from now onwards would be restricted to bring a guest in the slot machine areas.

The operating hours will be from 10 am to 11 pm. In any case, if the laws are violated, it would lead to penalties under Private Lotteries Act including fines up to SGD 20,000 and imprisonment up to 1 year. The Ministry of Home Affairs is also announcing a range of new problem gambling measures such as imposing a new set of restrictions on advertising.

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