Casinos and gambling in Philippines

Philippines have aspirations to be one of the Asians powers in the gambling industry. Seeing the successes which are achieved in gambling by Macau or Singapore Philippines’ government does not limit access to gambling, on the contrary, it is planning to build more gambling entertainment complexes, which will attract tourists.



History of casinos in Philippines

First legal casino is Philippines has been opened in 1977 in Manila Bay which burned 2 years lates. Casino belonged to Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation – PAGCOR. It is an institution created and controlled by government which came to life in 1976 after Presidential Decree No. 1062. In 1983 it received monopoly on almost all forms of gambling in the country. Today after monopolistic politic and liberalisation of rules regarding licensing, PAGCOR oversees and regulates the most of casinos, game rooms and e-caffes in the whole Philippines. In 2007 Philippine government  enacted a law which outlines PAGCOR’s description of job in the industry of gambling for the next 25 years. Casinos which are not under PAGCOR are under Cagayan - special economic zone.

PAGCOR is a government institution which has been created in 1976, its aim is to control and regulate most of casinos, game rooms and e-caffes in Philippines

Legal Regulations

Laws regulating gambling of Philippines are includes in the Republic Act No. 9287 – An Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Games Amending Certain Provisions of Presidental Decree No.1602 and for other purposes. The authority supervising and regulating most of the casinos in the Philippines is a governmental institution PAGCOR established in 1976 by president Ferdinando Marcosa. In accordance with law the minimum age to enter casino in Philippines in 21.

When, where and what to play in casinos in Philippines?

In Philippines there are currently dozens casinos located in the biggest cities on the majority the filipinian islands. The largest cluster can be found in the capital of the country - Manili. Most of the casinos are open daily, 24/h. Players in casino’s offer will find roulette, blackjack, baccarat, dice, bingo, Pai-Gow, Sic Bo and it slot machines which are very popular in the country. In the filipinian casinos poker tournaments take place as well.

Cities in which land based casinos are found:

  • Angeles City
  • Bacolod City
  • Cebu City
  • Clark Freeport
  • Davao City
  • Laoag City
  • Lapu-Lapu
  • Manila
  • Metro Manila
  • Olongapo
  • Pampanga
  • Paranaque
  • Pasay
  • Rizal
  • Tagaytay
  • Tambo


Internet Casinos in Philippines

The issue of gambling online in Philippines is rather complicated. The differences are between Cagayan and the rest of Philippines. In Cagayan zone there are online casinos dedicated only for foreign players. On the rest of country’s area players have access to online games only from special zones like e-cafes - there are over 200 of them in the Philippines. Besides them in homes and in every other place online gambling is prohibited. Online casinos in the Philippines are under governments, and supervised by PAGCOR together with Philweb Corporation. Players may use available websites online in philippian and english languages, bets are accepted in philippian pesos and american dollars.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Legal regulations

Gambling online in Philippines is not prohibited by law, however, it is restricted. In private homes players cannot use online casinos. They are available only in special places called PEG. Similarly to land based casinos they are controlled by PAGCOR. Beyond this organization are online casinos located in the special Cagayan Economic Zone, but they are intended only for foreign players. The activity of online casinos in Philippines is regulated by the Republic Act No. 9287.


Asian Poker Tour Philippines 2013

Asian Poker Tour has been organised since 2006 in asian countries. In 2013 poker tournament took place in Resorts World Manila in Philippines. After 4 week competition, in which more than 200 players took part, a winner was Khac Trung Tran  from Australia. He received a prize of $124 000.