Gambling in the Philippines

Betting in the Philippines has been current since the sixteenth century,[1] and remains widespread in the nation today. Currently, it takes on various legal and illegal forms found nearly all over the archipelago. The government handles gambling throughout the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that intends to regulate and operate games of chance, and also to create government capital,[2] but there are also several other public and private agencies that handles particular forms of betting. Specifically, casino gaming under PAGCOR is necessary to the country’s tourism and revenue. The Philippines has more casinos than Macau, with twenty located in Metro Manila alone.
Even before the Spanish colonization.,[1] gambling is said to have been present in the Philippines. Even though there are no specific records when gambling was first practiced in the archipelago, it’s possible that a few forms were introduced by the Chinese in the late nineteenth century. Because of the proximity of the two nations, many local Chinese would go to the Philippines for both business and profit, engaging in different trades and actions. [4][5] On Magellan’s voyage into the Philippines, it had been mentioned in the accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, he had already witnessed bets being put on cockfights when his boat came in Palawan at 1521.

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