Expansion of integrated resorts

More people in Singapore seek help for gambling problems

Counsellors say the higher levy on casino entry imposed on Singaporeans and permanent residents will deter casual gamblers who visit the casinos occasionally.
Counsellors say the higher levy on casino entry imposed on Singaporeans and permanent residents will deter casual gamblers who visit the casinos occasionally.ST FILE PHOTO

Fewer locals visiting casinos here; counsellors welcome higher levy

More people are seeking help for their gambling problems, even as fewer Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) visit the casinos of the two integrated resorts that opened in 2010.

Last year, 967 people were counselled - the highest number since 2014 when 1,035 people were counselled, according to data from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2019, with the headline 'More seek help for gambling problems'. Print Edition | Subscribe