- In which we take a closer look at the greatest gambling cities in the world
- Singapore is host to two resort casinos and the Kranji racetrack
Singapore is a gambling town of both the big and the small. Its claim to one of the world’s major gambling destinations lie in only two resort casinos; the Marina Bay Sands and the Resorts World Sentosa. Each resort is of such scale and scope however that Singapore more than earns its reputation as a top gambling destination.
The modern history of Singapore begins in 1819 when the British established a trading port in the area. Prior to 1819 only a few thousand had lived in the area but by 1926 the population had swelled to 80,000, with more than half of these being Chinese.
The port continued to thrive and became a centre for rubber sorting and trading. Singapore was not much affected by the first world war but nonetheless the British developed its defenses and naval capabilities. By the time of WWII, Singapore was one of the most strongly defended naval bases in the world.
This did nothing to prevent the Japanese successfully capturing the port in 1942, as the Japanese invaded from land rather than by sea.
After the war the British took control of the city once more, but their credibility as rulers had been severely damaged.
Singapore became part of Malaysia in a 1963 referendum but became an independent state by 1965. Since 1965 Singapore has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of Asia’s most important trading ports.
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons. All year round the country has uniform temperature, pressure and humidity. Daily mean temperature sits at around 26 degrees celsius. The region does have a wetter monsoon season though from November-January.
Taking full advantage of the glorious climate, the Resorts World Sentosa is a complex of hotels and other entertainment facilities including spas, bars, a marine life park and a universal studios.
2.Entertainment & Sports
Singapore has a huge variety of entertainments to offer. Many of the best attractions are located near or around the casinos in the city, built into the resort complexes of the casino resorts.
In sports, Singapore plays host to the Singapore Grand Prix, a Formula 1 event which takes place in September each year. For punters who like a flutter on the horses Singapore is also host to the Kranji race track, one of the most famous racing courses in the world.
Gambling in Singapore is centred around two huge resort casinos, both of which were opened in 2010. The first is the Marina Bay Sands, one of the world’s most iconic buildings, and the second is the Resorts World Sentosa, which is owned and operated by Genting Casinos.
The Marina Bay Sands is composed of three towers which support a rooftop infinity pool. With 1,600 slot machines and 500 tables, the Marina Sands can cater for a huge number of patrons at any one time. The hotel has 2,561 rooms and a skypark with a capacity for 3,900 people.
The complex also hosts a museum, two large theatres, restaurants, two floating crystal pavilions, and an ice skating rink. At £4.5 billion (8 billion singapore dollars) it is the world’s most expensive standalone casino.
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