Philippine Casino Self Exclusion Is Rare, And That’s A Good Thing

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As online gambling enthusiasts (and big fans of brick-and-mortar gambling when we can find the time for it), we have mixed feelings on various subjects having to do with gambling addiction, gambling withdrawals, self-exclusion, and the like. In general, we think that these are important issues, but we’ve also seen how they’re often misused or … Read more

Shutdown Averted: 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup To Resume In Early February

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Last week, we told you about the latest news regarding the restart of the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup. Due to coronavirus concerns amid the outbreak of the so-called Omicron variant, the conference was suspended on December 26 after just two and a half weeks of play. Most teams managed to play a full five games … Read more

PBA Commissioner: 2021 Governors’ Cup Could Be Canceled Outright

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Aside from a few developments in the Opol casino drama, there’s nothing much to report on regarding legal gambling in the Philippines. On the sports betting side of things, there’s also not much happening, as the PBA Governors’ Cup is still suspended due to lockdowns resultant from the current COVID Omicron outbreak. Fortunately, there’s plenty … Read more

Philippine Casinos Will Remain At 50% Capacity Through End Of 2021

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Although there are only 10 days left in 2021, the biggest news in the Philippine casino market is that the island nation’s brick-and-mortar IRs will be operating at just 50% capacity throughout the remainder of the year. Of course, it’s not just the gambling floors that will be so limited. The halved capacity applies also … Read more

Philippine Casinos Back In Business As PAGCOR Reports Great Q3

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The Philippines casino market is officially recovering. And no, we’re not talking about the country’s new iGaming initiatives, designed to stem the tide of coronavirus-related PAGCOR losses. After all, those will slowly work their way into the fabric of society, much like the best offshore Philippine casinos, online sports betting sites, and PH poker rooms … Read more

Metro Manila Casinos Now Allowed To Reopen Near Max Capacity

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Slowly but surely, the land-based Philippine casino industry is opening back up. After suffering through more extended lockdowns (albeit not to the extent that they were closed during 2020), major Philippine IRs are now welcoming back in-person patrons. While the biggest operators had rolled out legal online iGaming to a limited clientele (rendering them largely … Read more

Philippines Approves Two Boracay Casinos To Boost Gambling Revenues

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As in 2020, the coronavirus lockdowns in the Philippines have put a serious hurting on domestic casino revenues. That said, because the nation learned from the pandemic’s economic impact over the last 18 months, the financial downturn prompted by this year’s Metro Manila lockdowns has been markedly less dramatic. Last year, revenues compared year-over-year were … Read more

Illegal Sabong Pit Raided, Three Arrested During Coronavirus Lockdown

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On the afternoon of May 28, amid ongoing coronavirus lockdowns and social distancing orders, three men were arrested in Cebu City for participating in an underground sabong derby. The trio, all residents of Purok 1, Nangka, were the only individuals that remained on the scene after a much larger crowd dispersed before police arrived to … Read more

POGO Coronavirus Hospitals? Illegal Chinese Medical Facility Raided

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POGOs have been controversial in the Philippines since their launch in 2016. These Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators are domestic businesses in the islands, and they exist almost entirely to give mainland Chinese citizens access to offshore gambling. Due to the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, most Philippine businesses have been shuttered as part of the broad … Read more

Anti-POGO Act of 2020 Goes Viral Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

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While Philippine POGOs have always been controversial since the Duterte administration approved and licensed them in 2016, that controversy has mostly been fueled by the Xi Jinping administration in China. Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators – or POGOs – are run by Chinese migrants living in the islands, and their online gambling services exclusively target mainland … Read more