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Report of the Law Reform Committee on Online Gaming and Singapore

way; and (c) protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling. 122

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The GA defines “gambling” as comprising gaming, betting and participating in

a lottery. “Remote gambling” means gambling in which persons participate by the use of remote communication; and “remote communication” means communication using the Internet, telephone, television, radio, or any other kind of electronic or other technology for facilitating communication. “Gaming” means playing a game of chance

for a prize; and “game of chance” includes:

  • (a)

    a game that involves both an element of chance and an element of skill;

  • (b)

    a game that involves an element of chance that can be eliminated by

superlative skill; and

  • (c)

    a game that is presented as involving an element of chance,

  • (d)

    but does not include a sport.

101

The term “remote gambling” was used because the UK Government wanted the

regulations to be technology neutral and to cater for all forms of player not present

gambling.

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(3)

Licensing

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A remote operating licence is one which authorises activity to be carried on in

respect of remote gambling, or by means of remote communication. The types and number of remote operating licences that have been granted by the Gambling Commission during 2008 are: 124

  • (a)

    general betting – 72

  • (b)

    society lottery – 50

  • (c)

    gambling software – 49

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Gambling Act 2005, s 1. DCMS Position Paper, para 11.

Source: Gambling Commission, Industry Statistics 2008/2009 (October 2009), available at http://www. gamblingcommission.gov.uk/pdf/gambling%20industry%20statistics%202008%202009%20-%20update% 20-%20october%202009.pdf.

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