Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa casinos fined for regulatory breaches

Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa casinos fined for regulatory breaches

SINGAPORE - Casino regulators have imposed more than $500,000 worth of penalties on the two casino operators here for various breaches between May and December 2012.

Get the full story from The Straits Times.

Read the full statement from the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) here:

The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) has imposed financial penalties totalling $337,500 and $190,000 on Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd (MBS) and Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd (RWS) respectively for regulatory breaches reported or detected during the period 1 May 2012 to 31 December 2012.

Breach of Social Safeguards

CRA has taken disciplinary actions against the casino operators 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 validity period of their entry levies;

- Persons prohibited from entering the casinos by an exclusion order; and

- Minors (i.e. persons under 21 years old).

CRA takes a serious view of these lapses as the social safeguard measures have been put in place to protect the vulnerable from the harms of casino gambling. CRA will continue to be vigilant and take firm action against regulatory breaches.

Enhancing Compliance Measures

CRA notes that while there were instances of breaches by both casino operators in 2012, they have continued to put in place a range of measures over the last three years to enhance their compliance to social safeguard requirements. These include:

- Conducting more thorough checks at the casino entrances prior to the persons' entry into the casinos;

- Putting in more resources to have early detection of SCPRs who continued to remain in the casinos beyond the validity period of their entry levies;

- Developing systems to enhance the accuracy of checks at the entrances and exits of the casinos; and investing in the improvement of physical infrastructure such as gated gantries to keep out those who should not enter the casinos.

CRA will continue to ensure that the casino operators strengthen their measures so that they can adhere to our regulatory requirements.

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