Gambling isn’t exactly bad, provided that you do it in moderation and in a legal manner. And of course, provided that you’re not gambling away sums of money that would’ve been better off for your starving family of five.
As long as you clear those thresholds, I reckon you’re good to go. As a responsible gambler.
“What if I choose to go down the dark path?” you wonder. “Will I become the God of Gamblers?”
Well not really. Instead, what you might get is either:
- A still-starving family of five
- A free ticket to a place behind bars
- A fine that’s way worse than the entry levy at RWS Casino Singapore
And in this scenario, you can’t even pick your poison.
10 Men & 3 Women Under Investigation for Gambling Illegally
On 16 September 2021, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division stormed a residential unit in Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 and apprehended nine individuals for supposed gambling-related activities.
The operation was conducted at around 9:30pm. In total, 13 people were found in the unit.
Of the 13, a 39-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were apprehended for purportedly utilising the space as a common gaming house.
Meanwhile, five other men and two women, all aged between 31 and 51, were apprehended for purported gaming in a common gaming house.
As for the remaining four, they are believed to be under investigation for non-compliance with safe distancing measures.
“The police take a serious view against all forms of illegal gambling activities and will continue to take tough enforcement action against offenders in accordance with the law. Members of the public are advised not to engage in any form of illegal gambling and to comply with the prevailing SDM,” the police said in a statement.
For using a space as a common gaming house, offenders can face a fine of between S$5,000 and S$50,000, as well as an imprisonment term of up to three years.
For gaming in a common gaming house, offenders can face a fine of up to S$5,000, an imprisonment term of up to six months, or both.
Those who are found guilty of violating safe distancing measures can face a fine of up to S$10,000, an imprisonment term of up to six months, or both.
Back in July, multiple raids had been conducted in the space of one week.
In a raid on two units in Lorong 13 Geylang, 19 men were apprehended for alleged offences under the Common Gaming Houses Act and Remote Gambling Act.
In total, more than S$700 in cash, computer terminals and assorted gambling-related paraphernalia were confiscated.
And in another operation, nine men were subjected to investigations after cough syrup, illegal medicines and various sexual enhancement products were found within their possessions. They were investigated for crimes under the Health Products Act and the Customs Act.
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