10 Nov 2010, ST
CARRYING two suitcases stuffed with $7 million cash winnings from Marina Bay Sands, South Korean Kim Wooyeong was stopped at the airport and arrested for failing to declare the money he was taking out of the country.
It turned out that his uncle, an agent for casino patrons in Macau, had won the sum here with his friends and then asked Kim to bring the money back to Macau on Aug 24.
On Tuesday, the 28-year-old nephew was fined $30,000 for what is believed to be the biggest amount to date to be carried over the border. A district court heard that anyone moving $30,000 or more, or its equivalent in a foreign currency, must submit a report at a checkpoint. Failure to do so could mean the maximum $30,000 fine and/or up to three years in jail.
A district court heard that aviation security officer Eugene Lim, 35, stationed at the Budget Terminal at Changi Airport became suspicious when the X-ray screening machine showed that Kim’s two briefcases were packed with wads of paper. A physical check was then carried out and officers found a total of $7.027 million in the bags.
15 Nov 2010, CNA
SINGAPORE: The National Council On Problem Gambling (NCPG) says foreigners in Singapore can apply for casino self exclusion and family exclusion from the NCPG.
Foreigners can apply for casino self exclusion at the NCPG office located at Thomson Road, SLF Building and Migrant Workers Centre at No.62, Rangoon Road.
From 24 November, applicants can also download self-exclusion application form from NCPG and Manpower Ministry websites, fill in their particulars and send the completed forms by hand or by registered post.
Currently, only Singaporeans and permanent residents can log on to exclude themselves from the casinos. While foreigners can apply for self-exclusion, they must appear with a witness at the NCPG office in Thomson Road and file manual applications.
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) says it supports the NCPG initiative to extend casino exclusion to foreigners.
It adds that it is working closely with NCPG to work out the mechanics of enforcing this safeguard.
It has also been in touch with migrant worker groups on collaborative responsible gaming programmes for workers since March and hopes to be able to contribute in this effort.
13 Nov 2010, ST
TAIWANESE model-actress Lin Chiling is always a picture of grace. Even when she wants to tell you off, she can do it in the most elegant manner.
If a man is late for a date, for instance, the 36-year-old said she will gracefully lift her hand and casually flash her watch to remind him that he is late. No row, no questioning needed.
Clad in a stylish ruffled dress by local celebrity designer Keith Png, Lin made a brief stopover in Singapore as the ambassador of elegance for luxury watch brand Longines.
The Swiss watchmaker opened its latest boutique here at Marina Bay Sands. Also at the opening were its president Walter von Kanel and his wife.
This is the fifth year running that Lin is working with the brand.
Earlier in July, she shot a TV commercial in Rome with fellow brand ambassadors, British actress Kate Winslet and Indian actress Aishwarya Rai.
12 Nov 2010, ST
GENTING Singapore continues to lead the field in what is shaping up to be a two-horse race in Singapore’s booming gaming market.
The Asian gaming giant announced on Thursday that Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) generated $732 million in revenue and pre-tax profits of $346.5 million for the third quarter of this year.
On Thursday, it also unveiled details of new attractions set to make Universal Studios Singapore a leading theme park. Popular ride Battlestar Galactica, which has been suspended from operations since March, will re-open in the first half of next year.
While falling short of its performance last quarter, when the integrated resort’s (IR) cash tills rang up $860.8 million in revenue to produce pre-tax profits of $503.5 million, RWS still managed to edge ahead of arch rival Marina Bay Sands (MBS).
Last month, MBS owner Las Vegas Sands said the IR pulled in revenues of $631 million, making a pre-tax profit of $315 million for the period ended Sept 30 – its first full quarter of operations since opening in April.
But MBS enjoyed a higher profit margin of 49.7 per cent, compared to RWS’ 47 per cent over the same period, even though RWS had a head start after opening in phases from January.
8 Nov 2010, ST
A CROUPIER at the Resorts World Sentosa was charged on Monday with stealing a $500 casino chip.
Chiu Yee-Fong, 30, is alleged to have committed the offence at 7.35am on Sunday while on duty at a gaming table.
The Taiwanese national was ordered to be remanded till next Monday for investigations to be completed.
If convicted, she could be jailed up to seven years and fined.
After two orchestral concerts in Singapore, Frances Yip is back with a brand new scintillating show that will keep audiences spellbound!
Drawing on her love for movie and television theme songs, the legendary songbird, Frances Yip and renowned Hong Kong music director, Anthony Lun, has put together a concert that pays tribute to the stars and music from the big and small screen.
Frances Yip will perform a selection of the very popular and familiar theme songs from the English blockbusters such as Titanic and James Bond series, the Mandarin classics from the Shaw Brothers movie studio, as well as the Cantonese hits from the Hui Brothers’ movies. She will also pay accolade to her favourite screen idol, Grace Chang.
Colourful costumes, a wonderful band led by Anthony Lun and excellent showmanship from Frances Yip, this concert that features the screen gems, which have lighted our lives in the past 30 years, is a show not to be missed!
“Screen Gems Frances Yip Concert 2010” is proudly presented by Shop N Save, brought to you by UnUsUaL Entertainment, in collaboration with Resorts World™ Sentosa.
Date: 12 December 2010 (Sun)
Venue: Resorts World Convention Centre™, Compass Ballroom
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A CHINESE national who tried to cheat the Marina Bay Sands casino by placing a late bet in a dice game was jailed for three months on Wednesday.
Construction worker Gu Xiao Dong, 36, had pleaded guilty to trying to cheat a crouper by intentionally placing chips worth $25 on a bet in the sic bo game after the result had been declared on Oct 9.
The court heard that Gu wagered five chips of $5 each on the three digit die box combination of 125.
When the croupier pressed the dice to roll, Gu removed his wager from the table.
Subsequently, when the results were announced, he immediately placed the same amount on the winning combination.
The croupier saw this. But if he had not noticed the late bet, Gu would have received a winning payout of $750.
He could have been jailed for up to five years and fined.