PacMan For President? 2022 Philippine Election Odds Get Interesting

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In the Philippines, there are a host of things to bet on. The domestic market is growing apace despite coronavirus lockdowns, new integrated resorts in Boracay have been approved, PIGOs are on their way to mainstream acceptance and access, and even MegaSportsWorld is expanding their operations. Plus, if none of those avenues works for you, … Read more

Pac-Man Falters In Ring, Gains On Presidential Betting Boards

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This past weekend, in what may have been his final fight, Manny Pacquiao lost a decision to welterweight WBA (Super) champion Yordenis Ugas. Despite being a -400 favorite at most of the top online Philippines sportsbooks, Pacquiao finished behind on all three cards, 115-113, 116-112, and 116-12. Meanwhile, Ugas bettors earned a decent payday at … Read more

PAGCOR Sale Proposed To Secure Funds To Fight COVID-19

PAGCOR Office With For Sale Sign In Front

Last Sunday, Philippines Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon suggested that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) should be sold off to create revenue to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. The request from Drilon demonstrates how dire the COVID-19 situation is in the Philippines, as the entity ranks third behind revenue and customs on … Read more

China Softens On POGOs, Philippine Gambling Market

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This week, the Chinese government announced a new initiative aimed at policing the country’s illegal gambling market. This is, at least publicly, something of a 180 from the nation’s stance in the last several months, where it implored the Duterte Administration to bar all online gaming in the Philippines. With Duterte et al. having none … Read more

Chinese Online Gambling Scam Bolsters Philippine POGO Industry

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It’s been a reasonably quiet week in the Philippines gambling market, for a change. However, thanks to the ongoing row between China and the Philippines due to the latter’s controversial POGO industry, developments in competing markets – especially those in China – are of much interest to Filipino casino insiders. Just this week, the China … Read more

Cambodia Caves To Beijing, Strengthens Philippine Gambling Market

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While the Philippines have been a constant thorn in the side of China through the former’s controversial POGO industry, Cambodia has received less fanfare for being largely the same thing. Over the past several years, both Southeast Asian nations have built up domestic gambling markets that largely target mainland Chinese players, much to Beijing’s chagrin. … Read more

POGO Critics Contradict Government Claims, Paint Bleak Picture Of Industry

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The Philippine gambling industry can’t seem to catch a break. Despite record profits and a concerted effort to crack down on tax-dodging POGOs and commercial brick-and-mortar casinos, critics are still pushing the narrative that the industry is a magnet for fraudsters and violent criminals. The South China Morning Post’s most recent report on the subject … Read more

This Week In Philippines Gambling: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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For the domestic gambling industry, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks in the Philippines. There are three major stories of note concerning the gaming landscape in the island nation, with some good news and some bad news. The Good Starting off with the good news, PAGCOR – the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation – … Read more

President Signs New EO Which Benefits Casinos

Dennis Uy and Rodrigo Duterte

Clark City to see more extensive investments and growth thanks to a new Executive Order, but why now? On June 4th, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an Executive Order declaring the Clark Industrial Estate (IE5) as an international center for leisure, commerce, industry, and recreation rather than its previous designation as a logistics district. The Executive … Read more

2019 Q1: Philippine Casinos Revenue Results

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The Philippines is expected to outpace Macau with its casino gaming industry according to financial analysts. In the first quarter of 2019, the casino sector in the Philippines produced PHP52.52 billion in gross gaming revenue. PAGCOR released this quarterly revenue result but strangely did not include a comparison to previous year results or data. PAGCOR, … Read more