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Singapore lauded for anti-online gambling effort

Policing mobile, Internet betting can help fight transnational crime: Expert

Published on Feb 20, 2014 8:03 AM
The ability to bet on anything, including the number of yellow cards awarded in a football match, has led to a rise in match-fixing activity. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

With new online gambling laws on the cards here, a global industry expert has hailed Singapore's moves to fight transnational crime and gaming addiction.

The proposed laws follow steady growth of remote gambling - which includes mobile and Internet gambling - here, estimated at more than $370 million in 2012 and poised to grow by 6 per cent to 7 per cent annually.

Mr Christian Kalb, who runs Paris-based gaming consulting firm CK Consulting, told an Institute of Policy Studies forum on Tuesday that the largely anonymous nature of remote gambling makes it difficult to police.

This has led to a rise in "more sophisticated" global match-fixing activity, primarily in football, but also increasingly in sports such as basketball and rugby.

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