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Singapore may ban debtors from Casinos

World's second-largest casino market considers a "no deadbeats" law
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A croupier stands next to a gaming table during the opening of the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore on April 27, 2010. Singapore threw open the doors of its second casino Tuesday, giving a fresh boost to the city's tourism sector and raising its profile as a playground for the world's high-rollers. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Bankrupt? In debt? On government assistance?

Then maybe you shouldn't be allowed inside a casino. That's the gist of a would-be law pushed by some parliamentarians and mental health counsellors in Singapore.

According to the Straits Times, they're considering a proposal to ban Singapore's "financially vulnerable" from casinos.

As of this year, the city-state's casino sector rakes in more than Vegas, making it the world's second-largest gambling center. In the past, the island's young gaming industry has faced mild opposition for posing a moral threat to Singapore, where social engineering is the norm.

Moral hazards aside, Singapore's casinos have been booming, according to an Asia Times report.