Problem Gambling

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Police Advisory Against “Mystery Prize Vending Machines” Raises Questions About Video-Game Loot Boxes And Public Education

The public advisory issued by the police against “mystery prize vending machines” – which “dispense random prizes upon receipt of cash payment” (ST, Aug. 17) – stating that the machines are a form of public lottery, raises questions about whether this regulation should apply to video-game loot boxes or similar products offered on e-commerce websites, and the extent to which public education, with the aim of encouraging individuals to be more informed and to take responsibility for their own decisions, ought to be strengthened. With the video-game loot boxes or e-commerce websites, in particular, the statement by the police that “the public should seek their own legal advice on such matters” appears inadequate. Continue reading

Rolling The Dice In Helsinki

There are broad similarities of gambling practices and management in Helsinki and Singapore. In Finland three government bodies – RAY, Veikkaus Oy, and Fintoto Oy – monopolise the industry, and each is responsible for certain domains. In Singapore, the Singapore Pools is the only legal lottery operator, and two casino licences have been awarded to Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa. Individuals in both countries, according to the aforementioned report, have lost substantial sums to gaming machines, betting, lotteries, and interactive modes of gambling. Grand Casino Helsinki, with its sprawling and traditionally clock-less and window-less complex, has drawn in many visitors, the same effect the two casinos in Singapore has had on locals and tourists alike. Continue reading

MP Ang Wei Neng Is Wrong: Manage Casinos And Gambling Pragmatically Through Education

Perceptions and habits of gambling cannot be changed overnight; with existing counselling and intervention measures, education – on two dimensions – is the answer. Continue reading

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