In a first-of-its-kind case over here, Marina Bay Sands(MBS) is suing a casino patron who they claim to be one of the 'premium' players.
30-year-old Lester Ong Boon Lin allegedly owes the casino $240,868 in credit extension, but he claims that he owes the casino nothing.
The casino claims that the credit extension was offered to him as he was a premium player with a minimum deposit of $100,000, reported a local news agency.
The court documents filed by MBS show claim that the Mr Ong had applied for a $1 million credit extension in May and had presented the casino with a cheque of an unknown amount as security.
The casino then presented the player with a quarter of a million in casino chips and both parties allegedly entered an agreement documenting this.
However, Mr Ong claims that he had withdrawn the $100,000 before the $250,000 worth of chips were offered to him, hence making him ineligible to be a premium player.
His lawyer, Sunil Singh Panoo of Messrs Dhillon & Partners further insists that as MBS had offered a known premium player credit, it should be viewed as a moneylender under the terms of the law.
His argument also claims that as an unlicensed moneylender the credit extended to Mr Ong is "unenforceable and not recoverable".
However, MBS' response reiterates the fact that Mr Ong had deposited S$100,000 cash to qualify as a premium player before credit was given to him.
Their lawyers Surenthiraraj Saunthararajah and Toh Wei Yi of Harry Elias Partnership also insists that S$250,000 worth of casino chips would not have been offered in the absence of an agreement between the two parties.
They also pointed out that Mr Ong had previously never denied the debt and had in fact made various proposals for repayment.
The casino is seeking at $250,000, the minimum for a High Court case in damages and cost.