Singaporean Gambling Laws
Gambling is legal in Singapore, though no casinos exist in Singapore at present. Singapore's third prime minister since independence, Lee Hsien Loong, announced after he took power in 2004 that he would open casinos in order to bring more tourism to his country. At present, no casinos are under construction.
Horse racing has one major venue in Singapore: the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji.
Horse Racing in Singapore
Singapore Racecourse (Kranji) - Singapore Race Course in Kranji, Singapore is a sand horse racing surface which includes a 1-and-1/4 mile racetrack, as well as 4 training tracks. The tracks come in varieties ranging from fibresand to El-Toro Zoysia grass, which was developed by the University of California for racing conditions.
The Singapore Racecourse has several major races, including the Chairman's Trophy, the Emirates Singapore Derby, the Kranji Mile, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the Raffles Cup and the Singapore Gold Cup. For those visiting the Singapore Racecourse, you will also find a golf course and a race book on the site.
Phone Singapore Racecourse and Turf Club at +65 687 910 00 or visit their website at www.turfclub.com.sg.
Lottery in Singapore
Singapore's state lottery is named Singapore Pools Ltd. One big advantage to English speakers is that Singapore's business activity is usually performed in English, so Singapore's lottery and sports betting website is an English-language site.
The Singapore National Lottery includes games called Toto and Singapore Sweep. Also offered is a 4 digit lotto numbers game. Singapore Pools funds go to benefit charity, sports and community organizations in Singapore. The revenues from the lottery hover around $6 billion per year, which is a lot, considering there are only 4 million Singaporeans. That would mean each Singaporean loses on average of $1,500 a year at the lottery, though foreign players no doubt make up a large amount of the online players of Singapore Pools.
The online vendor for Singapore Pools Limited is GTech. To visit the Singapore Pools website, go to www.singaporepools.com.sg or call +65 621 6878 8.
Sports Betting in Singapore
The sports book at Singapore Pools includes English Premier League football, as well as bets on the top leagues in Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan and even Singapore. There is a link for other Asian football leagues, too.
Car racing bets feature prominently for Singaporeans, also. That's probably because of a yearly car race held in Singapore.
Most importantly, the Singapore Pools Lottery is featured prominently on the front page, with the latest winning numbers and the exact amount won and the number of winners for each drawing.
Singapore is an island nation off the peninsula once known as Indo-China. Singapore is directly south of Malaysia, and once was united with Malay in one country. This only lasted for two years, from 1963 to 1965, and Singapore left due to fundamental political differences in the leaders in both countries.
Singapore was little more than a fishing village until 1819, when the British Empire established a trading post at Singapore. The city was found on the Straits of Malacca, considered one of the choke points of trade in the colonial periods. "Choke point" meant that Singapore was at a pivotal strategic location, where the British Royal Navy could choke off and control trade along the spice routes of East Asian waters in times of war or peace.
For this reason, Singapore became a major stronghold for the British Empire in the 19th and 20th century, as well as an important coaling center for British shipping in the era of steam shipping. This remained the case all the way until World War II, when the Empire of Japan seized Singapore from the British in a stunning six-day battle.
The loss of Singapore, which was defended by twice as many British troops as Japanese attackers, was considered a major blow to the prestige of the British Empire throughout the world, especially in the Far East. Winston Churchill considered Singapore "Britain's greatest defeat".
The British would not return until a month after the Japanese surrender, and would continue to administer Singapore until 1963. By 1959, the People's Action Party or PAP, a local Singaporean political party, governed Singapore. The PAP continues to govern Singapore to this day, through the administration of three successive prime ministers: Lee Kuan Yew (1959-1990), Goh Chok Tong (1990-2004) and Lee Hsien Loong (2004-present). The current prime minister is the son of the first prime, Lee Kuan Yew.
Under the leadership of the PAP, Singapore joined a coalition of states, but withdrew in 1965 to become an independent city-state, one of the last city-states in the world. Singapore joined the United Nations in 1965 and was quickly recognized by most nations in the world.
Since that time, Singapore has begun an economic rise of rare proportions, so that Singapore is rated as having the 17th wealthiest nation in the world, according to per capita income. Some have criticized the People's Action Party for its heavy-handedness over the years, but few can argue with its record of success.
The Singaporean economic is fueled by the export of electronics and petrochemicals, while Singapore is one of the hub's of financial and banking activity in Asia. Tourism is also a major part of Singapore's economy, which might be boosted the current PM's hoped-for casino initiative.
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