Gambling in the Philippines


Gambling in the Philippines has been current since the nineteenth century,[1] and is still widespread in the nation today. Presently, it takes on different legal and illegal forms found nearly throughout the archipelago. The government handles gambling throughout the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that aims to regulate and operate games of chance, and also to create government capital,[2] but in addition, there are other private and public agencies that manages specific forms of betting. Specifically, casino gaming under PAGCOR is essential to the nation’s tourism and earnings. The Philippines has more casinos than Macau, with twenty found in Metro Manila alone.
Even before the Spanish colonization.,[1] gambling is thought to have already been within the Philippines. Even though there are no specific records when gambling was initially 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 both nations, many local Chinese would go to the Philippines for both business and profit, engaging in various transactions and activities. [4][5] About Magellan’s voyage into the Philippines, it was mentioned in the accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, he had witnessed bets being placed on cockfights when his boat came in Palawan in 1521.

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