Marina Bay Sands wins lawsuit to recover $240,000 in first casino debt collection case in Singapore
Court rejects gambler's 'not a premium player' argument in first such debt case
The first casino debt collection case in Singapore has resulted in a win for Marina Bay Sands (MBS), which means it can recover the $240,000 it extended as credit to a patron.
Mr Lester Ong Boon Lin, 33, had contested MBS' claim, arguing that the debt was not recoverable as he was not a "premium player" under the law and that MBS breached casino regulations in giving him credit.
But in a 30-page judgment released on Tuesday, High Court Judge Lai Siu Chiu held that Mr Ong was a premium player and MBS had complied with the rules.
Mr Ong was ordered to pay back $240,868, plus interest at 12 per cent per annum, calculated from Aug 15, 2010, until the date he pays in full. He also has to bear MBS' legal costs, which will be determined at a later date.