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Singapore is a yellow-level online gambling jurisdiction with partial regulation for certain online lottery games.

Singapore is a small country in southern Asia. It borders the Singapore Strait to the south and Malaysia to the north and in all other directions across the water.

Overview

In 2014, Singapore passed a set of straight-forward laws that clarified their stance when it comes to online gambling. They have outright banned every type of online gambling except for a handful of lottery games that are operated by the government. This is unfortunate for players, but it's good that they took the effort to clarify things so that there is no guessing involved with unclear laws.

They have also added in a blacklist for Internet service providers to follow, and this helps to keep players from being able to access the sites in the first place. It's important to point out that their laws make it illegal to offer games, but it also explicitly makes it illegal to play them as well. Players can get fines worth up to $5,000 or up to six months in jail if they violate these laws.

Licensing

The arrangement for regulated online lotteries in Singapore is not based on a traditional licensing scenario. Along these lines, there is no real licensing process in place, even though the government works with certain companies in special capacities to offer a number of lottery-based games.

As far as the chances go of this country licensing other forms of online gambling in the future, it's pretty unlikely. In spite of the growth of gambling in other parts of the region, Singapore has taken a hard line against any type of online gambling other than the few lotteries they have out of concern of underage gambling.

Player Protections

There are strict punishments in place for people who are found to be gambling online in ways other than the regulated lotteries. For people who have issues with the lotteries, there are clear methods for escalating complaints through the bodies that govern these games, and the government takes complaints and their investigations seriously because they want to maintain public confidence in the games. This public confidence is the only advantage they have over the underground games that run, and they can't afford to lose market share to them through any type of problems or scandals not being handled appropriately.

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