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Singapore online sports betting laws

Singapore is renowned for being a place of law and order. This makes it one of the safest places in the world to live; but it also means that when it comes to placing a sports bet, your legal and licensed options are quite heavily restricted.

Is sports betting legal in Singapore?

Singapore is a city-state with a population of 5.6 million, many of whom love sport and have an appetite for gambling on it. The good news for bettors is that there is a provision for fully legal sports betting in the country. The bad news is that the provision is strictly limited.

Singapore imposed a blanket ban on all forms of online gambling in 2014 when it passed the Remote Gambling Act. Two years later, Singapore Pools was granted an exemption under that Act. This platform, owned by the Singapore Totalisator Board, which is a branch of the government, remains the only operator licensed to offer online betting services in the state. At the same time, a poll of Singapore residents found that three-quarters were against any move to legalize gambling in any form. Singapore Pools offers services to bettors through numerous retail outlets, as well as through its online betting platform. However, the range of sports on which you are allowed to place wagers is strictly restricted to just two – soccer and motor racing.

The soccer offering includes international matches and league games from across the globe, including the most prestigious leagues in Europe and South America. Motor racing wagers are restricted to Formula One, which is extremely popular in Singapore. However, Singapore Pools does not offer bonuses or promotions, and the odds are notoriously shorter than those offered by international sportsbooks. The only other sport upon which you can wager online is horse racing, through the Singapore Turf Club, though this is restricted to races at Kranji, the only track in the state.

Several offshore sportsbooks do make betting available to people located in Singapore, but given the stringency of the laws here, wagering with them carries a certain degree of risk. Should you decide to accept that risk, it is strongly advised that you create a virtual private network (VPN) to ensure your actions are not directly traceable to you. Similarly, it is wise to use an e-wallet such as Skrill for all your deposits and withdrawals while you are betting so that there is no link to your personal bank.

What odds format is used in Singapore?

Decimal odds

The odds format used in Singapore, both in retail premises and online, is decimal odds. This is the most popular method of expressing probability in a betting context across much of the world – probably because it is the simplest to understand. If you decide, for instance, to place a bet on Manchester United winning their next match, the odds might be shown as 2.75. This means that for every $10 you wager, you will receive $27.50 in winnings if your pick is correct.

The same bet with the same outcome would be shown in fractional odds, the most popular format in the UK and Ireland, as 7/4. In the United States and Canada, where the moneyline is more popular, it would be displayed as +175. In each of those cases, the fact that your stake is returned as part of your winnings is not reflected in the odds displayed.

Top sports in Singapore

Soccer

In Singapore, soccer is seen as the national sport. Its huge popularity supports a professional competition, the Singapore Premier League, which was established in 1996 and now features eight teams. The national team has won the ASEAN Championship, which determines the sub-continental champions of South-East Asia, on four occasions. Meanwhile, the fact that soccer is one of the few sports upon which bets can legally be placed in the Lion City ensures that its profile remains extremely high, with many fans following teams in the major leagues of Europe and South America.

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