The Philippines have some of the most luxurious and all-inclusive casinos in the entire world. While primarily centered in Manila, the country has high-end gaming facilities in nearly all regions of the islands.
With so many options to choose from, potential visitors may be overwhelmed with the selection. Whether it’s a tourist, an experienced bettor, or a freshly-legal 21-year-old finally allowed entry into the country’s casinos, deciding where to play can be a gamble in and of itself.
To ease that burden, we have compiled a list of must-see casinos in the Philippines.
In no particular order, our favorite casinos in the Philippines are as follows:
City of Dreams Manila
Open since February 2015, City of Dreams is located on the Entertainment City strip in Parañaque, Metro Manila. The 15-acre resort and casino has 938 hotel rooms, 289 gaming tables, and 1,620 slot machines to entertain guests night and day as COD is open 24/7.
As long as patrons are dressed in “smart casual” clothing, they can enjoy the plethora of gaming options at this casino. Some games include:
For the more serious gamblers, the Li Ying VIP Club offers “the most competitive programs and table limits in Asia” for baccarat and roulette gaming. Another perk to City of Dreams is the availability of help guides on their website to help players understand the casino’s games better.
Aside from the six hotels and gaming floor, City of Dreams also features a shopping mall– The Shops at The Boulevard– and a theme park called DreamPlay that is a collaboration with DreamWorks Animation.
City of Dreams Manila is a must-see if visiting the Philippines. With a great location in Manila and enough amenities to last an entire vacation, the resort sells itself.
Resorts World Manila
Another great option if playing in Manila is Resorts World. Located in Newport City near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Resorts World has been in operation since August 2009.
Known for its wide range of on-site restaurants, which includes the Paris-inspired Cafe Maxims and New York Pinoy Deli, Resorts World also plays host the 1,500-seat Newport Performing Arts Theater and shopping area. But most importantly, the resort has multiple gaming options throughout the resort.
Resorts World has slots, electronic table games, and conventional table games to satisfy all types of players. Even with their huge selection of slot machines, the table games at Resorts World Manila take the cake. Players have access to staples like baccarat, blackjack, and craps, but they also have options like pai gow and three card for the more laid back type of gamer.
Resorts World also offers VIP options for high rollers as well as poker tournaments and progessive slot jackpots.
The slots and table games can be found all throughout the resort, including the main three-floor casino, the gaming room inside the on-site Remington Hotel, and as of 2018, in the Newport Grand Wing.
Like City of Dreams, Okada Manila is also in the Entertainment City section of Manila. Granted a casino license in 2008 as Manila Bay Resorts, the complex rebranded itself in 2016 to become Okada Manila when its casino officially opened.
With 26,000 square meters dedicated to gaming, Okada has over 3,000 electronic gaming machines and 500 table games for gambling enthusiasts. Whether electronic or table-based, Okada offers the most popular casino games to guests. Like any great casino, Okada offers table and electronic versions of the following:
- Texas Hold’em
Okada also prides itself on having slots with the “biggest progressive jackpot in the country” and a property-wide rewards program. After gaming, Okada Manila also offers guests 993 luxurious hotel rooms to choose from.
Gambling isn’t the only draw for Okada. For nature lovers, the resort has The Garden, a 3,000 square meter greenspace overlooking Manila Bay, and Cove Manila that serves as an indoor beach during the day and a club at night.
This list is not all-inclusive, of course. The Philippines has a vast number of great casino options throughout the country. But when it comes to the three listed above– City of Dreams Manila, Resorts World Manila, and Okada Manila– each exemplifies the greatest of Filipino casino gambling.