Casinos in Singapore

Singapore or the 'tiny red dot', as it is nicknamed, is a country that is situated in South-East Asia, just south of the Malaysian Peninsula. A tiny island city-state that was once a sleepy fishing hamlet, it is one of the most progressive and fast developing countries today. Due to its safety, ease of access, and exquisite amenities and facilities, it is no wonder that Singapore is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There's something on offer for everyone - children have the Universal Studios and many other attractions, foodies have some of the best restaurants and street food in the world, culture and heritage enthusiasts are in for a treat- one country, four cultures! Finally adults who are good with cards also have some great options! Although Singapore isn't Vegas or Monte Carlo, it is definitely not a place to be ignored. Although casinos are new to Singapore and the first one was built in 2006, some of them offer glitz and glamour that is incomparable to any other. As Singapore is one of the world's leading banking capitals, there are a lot of high rollers and high stakes every night of the week! While the children have their attractions to look forward to, the adults have something to be excited about too!

There are two main Casinos in Singapore:

1. Marina Bay Sands

An integrated resort near the Marina Bay of Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is one of the most iconic locations in Singapore today! Built by the Las Vegas Sands group, Marina Bay Sands, when built, was considered the world's most expensive standalone casino, costing a whopping SGD 8 billion. Apart from rooms, a convention centre, a mall, two large theatres, museums, art and science exhibits and an indoor skating rink, Marina Bay Sands also boasts the largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1600 slot machines. The architecture of this building is a marvel enough to draw one here if not for all the other amenities. With three skyscrapers, the complex is topped by a Skypark and infinity pool. It is the world's largest protruding (cantilevered) public platform and hangs off the north end. Popular with tourists, the Sands SkyPark offers beautiful views of the downtown area and the rest of Singapore too. Today the building is an iconic Singapore landmark!

The casino itself also houses the world's largest chandelier and is made out of Swarovski crystals. Another bonus is that the casino also caters to the needs of non-smokers too! Minimum bets for live games here depend on the table but start from a minimum of SGD 25.

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands, Casinos in Singapore

2. Resorts World Sentosa

The first casino in Singapore, Resorts World is situated on what is known as the playground of Singapore - the Sentosa Island. It is the country's first and biggest integrated resort. The casino is one of the world's most sophisticated casinos and has in store a large ensemble of games. It is noteworthy for its striking interiors, amazing non-stop entertainment and delicious food options. One can try different cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Cantonese, Vietnamese, great BBQ options, and other South-East Asian delicacies apart from other more mainstream food options.

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore.

Sentosa, Casinos in Singapore

Rules and Regulations

  • Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents of Singapore have to pay a levy fee of SGD 100 per day or SGD 200 per annum. This is used for charity and other philanthropic and maintenance related causes.

  • Entry for foreign nationals is free as long as they produce any of the following foreign identification proofs: a foreign passport with a short-term immigration pass, long-term visitor pass with a photo ID or foreign passport, an identification card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to diplomats and professional staff in international organizations, student pass with a photo ID or with a foreign passport or work pass, a work pass or special pass with a photo  issued by the Ministry of Manpower or Immigration and Checkpoints Authority

  • Foreign Nationals must mandatorily enter and exit through the lanes that are marked for foreigners.

  • Only people aged 21 years and above are allowed to enter the casinos. Further, one has to wear smart casual clothing to enter the casino. Shorts and flip-flops aren't allowed, and people wearing the same will be denied entry.
So what are you waiting for? Go to the Lion City and try out your luck!

This post was published by Abhijit Sreepada