Singapore’s Organized Crime Act-First Online Gambling Conviction

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Not everything is rosy in Singapore with casinos. Genting might be able to say they have increased profits, but for one online gambling situation—the new laws are creating a stir.

A news report states twenty-three people were arrested for gambling, sex advertising, and more.

Another source cites thirty-eight were detained for illegal gambling and other activities.

Detailing the Arrests

There have been a couple of raids lately in Singapore trying to take down individuals who are running illegal gambling dens. According to the news, 23 people were arrested and will be charged, and another 15 were detained for questioning and may see charges.

But, all of this is just the cream on top of the coffee because there is one man who is already being charged under the new gambling laws. The Singapore Organized Crime Act was put into effect in June 2016. Or Poh Soon is the first person who is going to be charged under the new law and was arrested in November along with six other people.

Or Poh Soon pled guilty to acting as an agent for online gambling operators, of unauthorized locations. He would accept lottery and sports beets from six websites, including

Or is 55 years of age, as was one of a dozen who were arrested in 2016 after the city-state first busted Singapore Pools and Turf Club. They were two monopolies launched via a state-approved site.

Or Poh Soon was a newspaper vendor who decided to recruit people for his online gambling group. These people are known as punters because they would place the bets. The first occurrence of making bets for other people was in 2013. The punter would gain some of the 8 to 10 percent commission. There was also an additional 5 percent for lottery if the customer won something.

According to Or’s testimony, he earned about $46,400 through his commissions before being arrested. Prosecutors say they have just one of the websites details at earnings of $26.6 million in six months of operation. There were other websites and the police are still providing the details of the earnings from those locations.

Or could face up to five years in prison and $100,000 in a fine. He may also have to deal with both concepts. He will pay penalties for violating the Singapore gambling act. A trio of brothers will also have their day in court for similar charges.


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