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Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby cakchew » Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:57 pm

Hi guys,

My name is Daniel. started playing poker 7 months ago and now i am a poker fanatic. Just participated in a poker tournament organised by a local poker supplies company and thought that I can organise one too.
However I am not very sure if the law in Singapore allows poker tournaments to be held.
Can anybody advise on this?
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby mugiwara84 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:22 pm

no money transaction can be involved otherwise it'll be classified as gambling. youbet was able to do it as the entrance criteria was a minimum purchase of their products.
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby ikelos » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:29 pm

well betfair ran a poker tournament here some years ago. so i suppose its not illegal insofar as you comply with the regulations of the appropriate government bodies.
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby cakchew » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:38 pm

hmm....do you have any idea which government body to consult?
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby vicx1234 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:15 am

Not too sure which government body to go to, the Common Gaming Houses Act just refers to some 'Minister'. Think the process is they'll usually publish a notice in a the government gazette stating that your poker tournament has been exempted from the Act, so it becomes legal for you to organize one. I've only recently seen exemptions being granted for mahjong tournaments organized by CCs. Think poker a bit hard.
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby johntan » Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:36 am

Hi Daniel,

Just PM you.

Cheers/JT
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby cakchew » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:16 am

hmm....ok I shall go and see see what is the Common Gaming Houses Act about. looking forward to gather all the fanatics and battle it out!
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby BenaiahLim » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:56 pm

will be looking forward to it.. I believe the turnout will be good
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby dranyer » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:51 pm

It will be great to have a live tournament in SIngapore, I've only been in online tourneys so far haha. Will definitely be an eye opener at least for me.
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby kczd » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:26 pm

u have my support!
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby rflush » Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:13 pm

must apply for permits and other inconvenience
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby davidfrost » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:48 pm

Does anyone know when the next event might be?
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby felixleong » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:26 am

think the tax is 30%~ of buy-in
so really not worth it to hold poker tournaments in SG
just play online or travel overseas
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Re: Poker tournament in Singapore

Postby NOTNobody » Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:07 pm

Having a poker tournament where the organizers can profit from, I highly doubt the government will give you the green light as there's no need to let something which many view as bad influence on young adults become mainstream. Tournaments are usually seasonal, so granting you business license to host poker tournaments so as to collect tax from you also doesn't seem worthwhile.

However, if there's organizers who can make a charity event out of NLHE, I believe the odds of it happening is higher. Most tournaments collect a portion of buy-ins to cover the cost of hosting (dealers/food/venue/etc) and their profit margin. If this profit margin is removed, then organizers can argue that they're creating ad hoc jobs and "improved tourism" as a result of hosting poker tournaments. Using their own reasonings for opening 2 IRs to our advantage of making poker tournaments happen.

To make poker tournaments into charity events, I believe there's multiple ways to do it. 1 simple way is to replace the profit margin column with donations. In addition, getting participants to have the choice of pledging 25% of their winnings from the tournament to go into donations so as to receive 25% increased starting chips.

In summary, I believe people who are selling pokers items or poker enthusiasts can take up the role of organizers and benefit from it. Viewing it as a profit generating venture is unlikely to get the green light from the government.
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