Betting in the Philippines was present since the sixteenth century,[1] and is still widespread in the country today. Currently, it takes on various legal and illegal types found nearly all over the archipelago. The government handles gambling throughout the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that intends to regulate and operate games of chance, and to create government capital,[2] but in addition, there are other public and private agencies that manages particular forms of betting. Specifically, 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.
Even before the Spanish colonization.,[1] gaming is thought to have already been present in the Philippines. Although there are no specific records when gambling was initially practiced in the archipelago, it’s possible that some forms were introduced by the Chinese in the late nineteenth century. Because of the proximity of both nations, many local Chinese goes to the Philippines for both business and gain, engaging in different trades and actions. [4][5] On Magellan’s voyage into the Philippines, it had been mentioned in the accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, that he had witnessed bets being put on cockfights if his boat came at Palawan at 1521.

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