The rise of online gambling in the Philippines
Historians believe that gambling has been existent in the Philippines since the dawn of time, although the earliest historical evidence of casino gambling dates back to the 1500s. The reason why the history of gambling in this part of the world isn’t even richer is that this activity was illegal for ages.
In fact, it was until the 21st century that certain gambling forms were either banned or unregulated. One of those activities was online gambling, which the Government of the Philippines made legal only in 2016.
“Gambling is not a sin. Even priests and nuns come to the casinos asking for jobs for their parishioners.” a government official said.
Six years after the Philippines gave online casinos the green light, there are hundreds of sites that accept users from this country.
100s of Online Casinos Now Accept Filipinos
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, or PAGCOR for short, is the governmental body that’s in charge of overlooking the online gambling industry in the country. Over the years, the PAGCOR has given several dozen operating licenses to online casinos in the Philippines.
In addition to the PAGCOR-licensed, Filipinos also have the luxury to gamble at platforms licensed elsewhere. Internet casinos from Malta, Curacao, and many other places tend to keep their virtual doors open to players from the Philippines.
The result is that there is a huge number of online gaming platforms at the disposal of Filipino gamblers. However, according to MyOnlineCasino, a side that reviews the most popular casinos in the Philippines, not all casinos are equally good. In fact, this site has given the stamp of approval to only a handful of platforms. Among those are 22Bet, PNXBet, 1xBet, GGBet, and a few others.
What’s the Status of Sports Betting in the Philippines?
The gambling sites mentioned above allow Filipinos to play casino games like roulette, blackjack, and slots. In addition, these platforms also allow them to bet on sports. This is possible because the country’s law allows online sports betting.
Filipino bettors can bet at PAFCOR sportsbooks, but also at licensed betting platforms licensed elsewhere. According to the Court of Appeals, nothing is stopping Filipinos from betting on foreign sportsbooks that accept players based in the Philippines.
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