Casino operators pay penalty of $500,000 for breaches

SINGAPORE - Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) have been fined $357,500 and $140,000 respectively for breaching social safeguard requirements in 2011.

The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) imposed the penalty on MBS for allowing 10 people to enter its casino without valid entry levels, two people to remain in the casino after their entry levies expired, and 19 people with exclusion orders to enter and remain in its casino, reported The Straits Times.

RWS was penalised for allowing seven people to enter its casino without valid entry levies, six people to remain in the casino after their entry levies expired, and four people with exclusion orders to enter and remain in its casino, and two minors into its casino.

In addition, MBS was censured for wrongly displaying a winning message on one of its jackpot machines.

Last October, foodstall owner Madam Choo Hong Eng's prize should have been a car, but a message on the jackpot machine flashed her winnings of $416,742.11.

MBS told her that the slot machine had malfunctioned and offered her a sum of $50,000 and a car worth $258,962 instead, but ultimately gave her the full winnings after she fired a lawyer's letter to the casino operator.

CRA said in its statement that it found "no deliberate intention by the operator to deceive or deprive the patron of her prize."

According to CRA, the social safeguard requirements are put in place to contain and control the potential harm of casino gambling to society.

maryanns@sph.com.sg

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