Gambling in the Philippines

Gambling in the Philippines has been present since the nineteenth century,[1] and remains prevalent in the nation today. Currently, it takes on different legal and illegal forms found nearly all over the archipelago. The government manages gambling throughout the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that aims to regulate and operate games of chance, and to generate government funds,[2] but in addition, there are other private and public agencies that manages particular kinds of betting. Specifically, casino gaming under PAGCOR is essential to the country’s tourism and revenue. The Philippines has more casinos than Macau, with twenty found in Metro Manila alone.
Even before the Spanish colonization.,[1] gaming is thought to have been within the Philippines. Although there are no specific records when gambling was first practiced in the archipelago, it is possible that a few forms were introduced by the Chinese in the late nineteenth century. Due to the proximity of the two countries, many local Chinese goes to the Philippines for both business and profit, engaging in various trades and actions. [4][5] About Magellan’s voyage to the Philippines, it had been mentioned in the accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, he had witnessed bets being placed on cockfights if his ship came at Palawan in 1521.

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