Gambling in Singapore is generally governed by the Betting Act which regulates bookmakers, lotteries, and land-based gambling houses. Other betting acts are as follows:
Casino Control Act 2006
This act monitors the two legal casinos in Singapore. Casinos in Singapore operate under integrated resorts (IR), situated in Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands. These are hotel complexes with convention centers, theme parks, fine dining, luxury stores, and entertainment areas.
Slot machines are found in designated rooms and are regulated by the Private Lotteries Act. The Casino Control Act is administered and enforced by the CRA which is in charge of licensing land-based betting houses. The Act gives the Casino Crime Investigation Branch the mandate to carry out investigations related to gambling crimes.
Remote Gambling Act 2014
This act regulates online betting activities. As per the Remote Gambling Act, gambling is a broad term that may refer to betting, playing lottery games, or gaming. Betting is the act of staking real money on the results of sports games or any event that has been gazetted. Lotteries are games, competitions, or schemes whereby the prize is drawn and distributed based on pure chance.
Private Lotteries Act 2011
This law governs all private lotteries in the country. Under this act, citizens are not allowed to engage in private lottery games without a government permit. Violation of the law attracts a jail term and monetary fines.
Common Gaming Act 1961
This act was created to restrict public gaming, common gambling houses, and public lotteries.
Police Act XIII 1856
This was the first betting legislation to prohibit gaming houses.
Singapore Pools (1968)
Singapore Pools lottery was introduced to eliminate illegal betting outlets and create a regulated environment for the citizens. The state-owned monopoly offers monthly raffles, Singapore Sweepstakes, Toto, and 4D lottos. It is also the only legal sportsbook in the country with betting markets for motor racing and football/soccer.