Fruit machine addiction turns sour as debts pile up for jackpot gamblers

Jackpot or fruit machines came under the spotlight in April 2017 following reports on how they were a key income source for many clubs.
Jackpot or fruit machines came under the spotlight in April 2017 following reports on how they were a key income source for many clubs.PHOTO: ST FILE

Debts pile up for addicts of jackpot machines; tighter rules reduce opportunity to gamble

Taxi driver Ang Seng Huat, 53, used to camp out in front of jackpot rooms in Safra and NTUC Clubs, waiting for their doors to open at 9am. In 15 minutes, Mr Ang could lose up to $2,000.

"It's very easy to lose money. Every time you press a button, that's $15 gone," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2018, with the headline 'Fruit machine addiction turns sour'. Print Edition | Subscribe