Gambling in the Philippines

Gambling in the Philippines has been present since the nineteenth century,[1] and is still widespread in the nation today. Presently, it takes on different legal and illegal types found almost all over the archipelago. The government manages gambling through the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) which aims to regulate and operate games of chance, and also to generate government capital,[2] but there are also several other private and public agencies that handles specific kinds of gambling. In particular, 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. Before the Spanish colonization.,[1] gaming is thought to have been present in the Philippines. Although there are no exact records when gambling was initially practiced in the archipelago, it is likely 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 goes to the Philippines for both business and gain, engaging in various transactions and actions. [4][5] About Magellan’s voyage to the Philippines, it had been mentioned in the accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, he had already witnessed bets being placed on cockfights when his boat arrived in Palawan at 1521. Read more:


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