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The daily average of casino visits by Singapore citizens and permanent residents (SCPRs) has dropped to about 17,000 from 20,000 when the two casinos began operations in 2010.
SINGAPORE: The daily average of casino visits by Singapore citizens and permanent residents (SCPRs) has dropped to about 17,000 from 20,000 when the two casinos began operations in 2010.
This is according to the Annual Report of the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA).
CRA said that the daily average of casino visit figures are non-unique figures, where a patron making multiple entries into the casino within a day would be tracked as multiple counts.
In the foreword message, chairman of the CRA, Mr Richard Magnus, said the decline is likely due to the novelty of the casinos wearing off, and the effectiveness of the safeguards put in place to deter vulnerable individuals from the potential harm of casino gambling.
Mr Magnus said only 7.7 per cent of the local adult population made more than one visit to the casinos in the past three years -- the legal age to enter the casinos is 21 years old.
As for the remaining 92.3 per cent of the local adult population, CRA said the vast majority have never visited a local casino before.
Mr Magnus said the casino entry levy continues to remain as one of the stringent social safeguards.
Casino entry levies collected in 2012 was about S$174 million. In 2010, it was $216 million; and in 2011, it was S$195 million.
Since 2010, the annual levy purchases dropped by 20 per cent yearly while the day levy purchases fell 8 per cent yearly.
Mr Magnus said CRA will continue to evaluate the impact of the entry levies as well as other social safeguards such as exclusion order and the newly-implemented visit limits on SCPRs.
Crime reported at the two local casinos has declined from 1.0 per cent of total crimes committed in Singapore in 2010 to 0.7 per cent in 2012. CRA said the crimes included theft of chips and other petty crimes like stealing of handphones on casino premises.
Mr Magnus added that the CRA has embarked on a research study with the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre to look into the psyche of local casino gamblers in terms of their attitudes and behaviours.
He said this will be a landmark study that will drive new ways of regulating the gaming industry in Singapore.
The study is expected to be completed by March 2014.