Travel To Singapore – The Strict Entry Requirements To The Casinos

With the launch of the two integrated resorts in Singapore, this has opened up a flood gate of tourists visiting this wonderful city-state. In Singapore context, what is known as the integrated resorts is another meaning for a resort and casino complex.

The two resorts that have successfully obtained the licenses required to run a casino in Singapore are the Marina Bay Sands Resorts and Casino, run by the Sands Company which is headquartered in the United States, and Resorts World, run by Genting Group which is headquartered in Malaysia. Regardless of which integrated resort you visit, if you intend to visit the casino, you must abide to the strict rules in place. Here is a quick guide to the entry requirements to the casinos in Singapore.

Age Requirement

The minimum age requirement to enter the casino is 21 years of age. Anyone below that age is not allowed to enter.

Documents Requirement

For all visitors who are neither Singapore citizens nor holding any permanent residence status in Singapore, the only requirement is to bring their passports as a form of identification to prove that they are purely tourists from overseas and that they meet the minimum age requirements to enter the gambling areas. There is no levy fee for these types of visitors. If you qualify as this type of visitor, then you can simply line up in the foreign visitor’s lane while entering the gaming areas.

For visitors who are Singapore citizens or holding permanent residence status, they must present either their passports or national identification card, and also pay the mandatory 100S$ (Singapore dollar) levy fee. Please note that the levy fee only allows you to enter the casino for 24 hours from the time and date you paid the fee. After the 24 hours is up, then your current levy will expire and should you wish to stay longer, then you will need to pay the levy fee a second time in order to enter the casino for another 24 hours. To enter the gambling center as a Singaporean or permanent resident, you will need to line up in the lanes designated as “Singaporean citizen/ PR holder” to enter the gaming area.

Dress Code

For both integrated resorts at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World, the dress code to enter the gaming areas is smart casual. Shorts, singlets, and “flip flop” slippers are not permitted. The security guard will check to ensure you meet the dress code before allowing you to enter.

By taking note of these entry requirements to the casinos of both integrated resorts in Singapore, it will help to ensure that you can enter the casinos as smoothly as possible.

Is This The World’s Fairest Casino?

We all know casinos are built to make money from poor saps like you and me, yet no matter what, people keep on gambling. However, this article isn’t on the socio-psychological habits of gamblers, this is a look into what could possibly be the world’s fairest casino.

Just quickly, in case you don’t know why casinos aren’t fair, it’s because of a thing called the ‘house edge’. This is something that gives the casino an advantage over the player, for example the ‘0’ or ’00’ slots on a roulette wheel which mean the player automatically loses and the house wins. All casinos (well not all anymore as we’re about to learn) have a house edge on all their games, giving them the inherent ability to make money.

Then comes along BetFair. BetFair is an online casino that has been operating for a while, though they’ve just launched what they call their ‘Zero Lounge’. This is an area of the casino where most of the house edges have been removed from their games. For example in roulette, the ‘0’ slots in the wheel have been removed, making the game just as fair for the player as it is for the casino.

In the casino and gambling world this is absolutely astonishing. No casino previously has ever considered doing anything like this as it would basically take their guarantee of making cash away from them and put them on an even playing field with the player, though despite this, it’s exactly what BetFair have done.

The only logical reason I can surmise is that they’ve done it is to draw players to the site in the hope that once there, you’ll also spend money elsewhere on their webpage like their sports betting. If this is the case, it’s an absolutely fantastic marketing ploy to get customers to the site. Hell, it got me to go there!

One game which hasn’t technically had the edge taken away is blackjack because you still can’t see the dealer’s second card, however they do give a higher payout if you achieve a two card blackjack.

Anyway, this isn’t a plug for the casino at all, just a tip that if you want to bet somewhere that you can actually say your odds are even with the casino, then this would be the only place on earth I know you can do this.

The Dangerous World of Regency London

Regency England refers roughly to 1811 to 1820, although the term more broadly includes 1800 to 1830. When George III, stricken by illness, could no longer function, his eldest son, the Prince, became Regent in his stead. “The Regency took its tone from the larger-than-life figure of the Prince of Wales…The age bred a lively underworld of scandal, criminality, gambling and personal notoriety. Embezzlement and fraud flourished then as now. The war against France caused further instability and led to the breakdown of law and order.” (Low, Sutton, p. xxv)

Authors of crime stories, and mysteries–such as myself, must needs delve into the dangerous world of this time. Low says that London, England, “surpassed the rest of the British Isles in crime and vice.” (Low, p. xi) No police force, as such, existed until the Victorian period, adding to this instability. The growth of the underworld had begun in the eighteenth century (Georgian period). In London, Henry Fielding became a salaried Chief Magistrate for Westminster in 1749. He established the Bow Street group, whose men became known as the Bow Street Runners. Henry’s brother, Sir John Fielding, carried on the work, and by the time of the Regency the work of the Runners had expanded considerably.

London embodied a complex world in the Regency. Crime abounded in many forms and areas. From gambling hells frequented by the wealthy, who also used the services of the deminondaines, or better class prostitutes, to the prostitutes who haunted the area of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters, the area of murderers and escaped convicts–crime  held precedence. Dark streets encouraged thieves and pickpockets, (gas lighting was installed on a few streets in Pall Mall in 1807) so that the public was targeted, and gently bred females did not go about at nights without the protection of men. Few from the West End traveled to the East end without good reason, and a fully loaded pistol, or two.

Thieves came from the East End ‘Rookeries,’ or criminal districts such as St. Giles and Whitechapel. In these dens of criminality, ‘flash houses’ flourished. These were numerous pubs haunted by criminals who taught childlren thievery, pickpocketing, burglary and worse crimes. Bribery, extortion, and blackmail were rampant. While the gangland bosses ruled this part of the city, the brothel keepers ruled young, unfortunate women, who found their way to them.

South of the Thames River, the home of wild gin-drinking orgies of prostitutes and drunkards, was the home also, of the ‘Resurrection Men,’ who sold cadavers to surgeons, and were not averse to killing to accomplish it, although grave robbing was their ‘forte.’ The Thames itself, was plied by seamen, called ‘River Men,’ who pilfered warehouses, docks and ships.

All of this crime kept the Bow Street Runners on their toes, since the night watchmen were ineffective. In 1800 the Thames River Police Act was established. In 1805, a Bow Street Horse Patrol of sixty men rode on Hounslow Heath–a notorious center for Highwaymen, who terrorized travelers. Many wanted reform, but Bills put forward were slow coming into effect, so crime continued high until the Victorian period when a Police force came into being. You can see what my heroes and heroines had to deal with as they battled crime.

Suriname Casinos

When you visit Suriname in South America, you’ll find that Suriname casinos are a very popular place to go for entertainment for both tourists and residents of the area. Suriname casinos allow people from all over the region to enjoy all the classic and even some of the more modern casino games that we have all come to know and love. The casinos usually offer several variants of poker, as well as roulette, blackjack, and even slot machines. It’s interesting when you visit Suriname casinos, because they are just like the casinos you will find anywhere else in the world. Gambling, betting, and casino games transcend all language and culture barriers and allow for people to cut loose and find out how lucky they are.

Some of the most well known Suriname casinos are the Golden Truly Hotel and Casino, Hotel Ambassador and Casino, Princess Casino Suriname, Suriname Torarica Hotel Casino, and the Suriname Palace Casino. Most of these casinos are located in and around Paramaribo, which is a fun city to visit when in Suriname. Each of the casinos offers something a little bit different, so if you are in Suriname and have the time, you should make a night of it and visit all the casinos. Many say that Paramaribo is the Las Vegas of Suriname, though that might be an exaggeration.

Suriname casinos really are worth visiting if you like the brick and mortar establishments. Even if you do not speak the language, you will find that you know the games, and you can fall right into place and enjoy yourself no matter where you are from! Many of the casinos are also in hotels, so if you plan on spending a good deal of time in the casinos, you may want to look into just staying in the hotels with casino establishments. This will allow you to come and go as you please, and if you have a drink while in the casino, it’s not a big deal because you don’t have to drive back to your house or your hotel.

Residents of the region, as well as tourists, frequent all the Suriname casinos. The entire area of Paramaribo enjoys having the casinos, because their location helps the economy, as tourists come to the area and spend money not only at the casinos but also at area businesses. Suriname casinos provide just the casino environment that you are looking for, no matter where you are from or how far you have traveled to be there.