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Indonesian gamblers now go to Singapore SINGAPORE - After Batam closed down it's semi-allowed casino's after they changed governors there - talking about stable investment climate - Singapore opened it first casino yesterday. The main target? Millions of Indonesians with money to spare that would like to gamble a little but don't want to travel too far to do so.

Yesterday - on Chinese New Year - the first casino in the city-state was officially opened on the resort of Sentosa Island. Resorts World Sentosa, owned by the Malaysian Genting group, is the first of only two casino's that will be opened in the little country. This should bring in millions of new tourists. A second casino, Marina Bay Sands, will be opened in April and is owned by Las Vegas Sands.

"Because of these new casino's in Singapore, an entirely new market is opened up for Southeast Asia. A new market where most likely billions - dollar's that is, not Rupiah's - can be made," said Jonathan Galaviz, analyst in Las Vegas. Many Indonesians can now go to a casino just around the corner in Singapore, so the ever important traveling time is greatly reduced.

Of course the Indonesian Council of Islamic Scholars (MUI) just had to react on it. They said that gambling is a big no-no, complete sin and 110% haram for Islamic Indonesians. The first Indonesian who will realize this when he has just placed a bet will most likely be publicly stoned or something. All the others are now able to place a bet without having someone watching over them, telling them they are doing something that is 'not allowed'.


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Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 03:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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