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'Surgical' moves to tackle problem punters

SINGAPORE - More recipients of social assistance may be barred from entering casinos and operators may be roped in to play a bigger role in the monitoring of frequent visitors, as the Government looks to introduce more gambling social safeguards. This, after findings from the 2011 Survey on Participation in Gambling Activities turned up three emerging areas of concern: A small but rising proportion of low-income earners betting amounts exceeding S$1,000 a month, a high proportion of probable pathological gamblers - the most severe of problem gamblers - who gamble frequently, and poor self-control exercised when gambling online, in casinos and at the horse races. Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing said yesterday that the Government will study, over the next two months, extending third-party casino exclusion order to Singaporeans on so...

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