Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby chenghao » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:44 pm

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sin ... 21262.html

SINGAPORE: From Monday (Feb 2), websites that provide or promote remote gambling services will be blocked, when the Remote Gambling Act kicks in, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on Wednesday. Payment transactions related to remote gambling will also be blocked.

The Act had been passed in Parliament last October. It stipulates that it is an offence for a person to gamble remotely with unauthorised operators, or provide unauthorised gambling services, MHA said in a press release. The law is aimed at protecting young and other vulnerable people.

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In a separate news release, the Media Development Authority (MDA) clarified the scope of the Act. MDA acknowledged there have been concerns expressed that the Act would cover all social games and thus affect the development of the gaming industry in Singapore.

In response, the agency said the Act does not target games that do not allow players to convert in-game credits to money or real merchandise. In other words, it will not cover social games such as Farmville and Candy Crush Saga in their current forms, MDA stated.

"MDA wishes to reiterate that the Act does not cover games which do not, as part of the game design, enable players to receive money or money’s worth consequent to the outcome of that game," it stated.

The following types of games will not be covered by the Act:

Games which do not allow players to win, through an in-game facility, money or real-world merchandise which can be exchanged for money.

Games which allow players to purchase or exchange game credits or tokens, but do not provide in-game facility to convert these game credits or tokens to money or real-world merchandise which can be exchanged for money.

Games which allow players to purchase, gain or exchange game enhancement features, e.g. weapons, skills, but do not provide in-game facility to convert these game enhancement features to money or real-world merchandise which can be exchanged for money.

Games which rank players but do not provide in-game facility to convert these ranking positions to money or real-world merchandise which can be exchanged for money, such as Tower of Saviors and 2Fuse in their current form.
As for leader boards, which rank and reward top players or tournaments organised by game developers or promoters where players can win real-world prizes, such as League of Legends in its current form, the agency said as a general rule, the Act "does not prohibit mechanisms to reward players for their skill".

This is provided that such leader boards are not within casino-style games or are not used as a means of facilitating syndicated criminal activity, it added.

"MDA notes that the Act will not impede the development of legitimate social media gaming businesses and will continue working with the gaming industry to ensure its continued growth and development," it said.

- CNA/kk
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby DM101 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:30 pm

D day is coming.
Take cover folks!
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby MaTaKazer » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:51 pm

Wa, so must withdraw all $ now?
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby bethebest89 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:17 am

I think its a stupid move. Government allows MBS and RWS casinos but then you ban online poker? This is really contradicting. I play online poker for small change for fun/de-stress purposes. Does banning online poker solve the gambling problem? In fact, it doesn't, more underground games would appear as a result that this pool of people who cannot play online and would then convert to live players.

Also what is gambling is subjective. As anyone knows poker is game of skill. So is playing stocks/forex etc also considered gambling under that act?
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby chenghao » Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:37 am

It really isn't contradicting , Government can tax MBS , RWS but they cannot tax Pokerstars :mrgreen:
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby Deepkiller » Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:50 am

ok whats the next move now? are we drawing dead?
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby chenghao » Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:27 am

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Unfortunately we will no longer be able to offer Real Money PokerStars games to players in Singapore from February 2, 2015. This restriction is due to Singapore’s Remote Gambling Act, but rest assured you will still be able to access your PokerStars account and withdraw funds at any time. However, from February 2 you will no longer be able to make deposits or play on PokerStars, and sending (or receiving) player-to-player fund transfers must be done before this date. You will also still be able to enjoy our Play Money games as you do now.

Your withdrawal options may be: Visa/Entropay, Skrill, WebMoney, Paper Checks and/or Wire transfers. Note that if you haven’t deposited with Visa/Entropay or WebMoney in at least the last 8 months, these options will not be available to you to withdraw your funds; if you would like to withdraw funds to Visa/Entropay or WebMoney, you will have to deposit with it before February 2 and then wait 48 hours from your last deposit before you are able to withdraw your funds.

It has been our pleasure to welcome players from Singapore, and it is with regret that we will no longer be able to offer you our Real Money products. However, you can still spend your FPPs on bonuses in the VIP store, and we will give partial credit toward Stellar Rewards and Milestone Cash Credits for those who have made at least $10 worth of progress toward their next reward. These credits will be made by February 5.

If you have received this message and you no longer reside in Singapore, please let us know so we can update your account accordingly. For more details contact support@pokerstars.com.

Thank you for choosing to play on PokerStars, and good luck in the future.

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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby Deepkiller » Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:35 am

yeah i just saw this email too. with a day job , going thailand and macau to grind online is gg. luxury only avail to fulltime poker players :(
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby ediotfromne » Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:41 am

Deepkiller wrote:yeah i just saw this email too. with a day job , going thailand and macau to grind online is gg. luxury only avail to fulltime poker players :(

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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby Deepkiller » Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:12 am

what i meant was ,

if you are full time poker player. yes u can grind in thailand macau or anyhere.

but if you have family here and a day job? gg
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby felixleong » Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:51 am

GG time to cash out all if u haven't done so
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby felixleong » Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:02 pm

use VPN also no use, GG max

good thing funds are still intact
can take out anytime via check
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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby hedzzarry » Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:37 pm

i agree







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Re: Govt moves to curb remote gambling in Singapore

Postby andrewtanzx » Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:16 pm

what now for sg players who has a full time job and still wish to play at stars?
we can't just play through vpn cause stars will definately need proof of residence at other country like how betfair requires :)
so its gg?
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