“Wah… Spotted at an AXS machine! Hassle free and convenient way to purchase 1-day or annual entry into casinos of Marina Bay Sands… At $100 and $2000 respectively.”
Member of the public posting on Facebook
Singapore has, though, already fired a warning shot over the casinos’ bows regarding the targeting of local mass market players, by last month ordering the operators to stop running local shuttle buses to the resorts.
“This signal is to reinforce the point that they [the casino operators] are not supposed to go after the low-hanging fruit which the local market represents, but instead to focus their effort on winning additional tourists from abroad.”
Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, on Resorts World Sentosa’s bus service to its casino. September 2010.