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More restrictions on jackpot machine rooms

The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced it will be imposing tighter regulations on clubs that feature jackpot machines over the next two years, The Straits Times reports.

Key changes will include more stringent criteria for jackpot machine permits, more restrictions for access to these rooms, as well as social safeguards to prevent harm.

These safeguards include disallowing ATMs and cash withdrawal facilities from jackpot machine rooms, stopping individuals with casino exclusions from entering, as well as banning the advertising and promotion of jackpot machines on the internet and within clubhouses.

The ministry said the changes are aimed at ensuring that clubs operate these jackpot machine rooms as only an "ancillary" part of broader recreational activities, and to reduce the risk of problem gambling.

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