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Gambling in the Philippines

Betting in the Philippines has been current since the nineteenth century,[1] and remains prevalent in the country today. Presently, it takes on different legal and illegal forms found nearly all over the archipelago. The government manages gambling through the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) which intends to govern and operate games of chance, and also to generate government funds,[2] but there are also several other private and public agencies that handles specific forms of gambling. Specifically, casino gambling under PAGCOR is necessary to the nation’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 been present in the Philippines. Although there are no exact records when gaming was initially practiced in the archipelago, it’s likely that a few forms were introduced by the Chinese in the late nineteenth century. Because of the proximity of the two nations, many local Chinese goes to the Philippines for business and gain, engaging in various transactions and activities. [4][5] On Magellan’s voyage to the Philippines, it had been noted in the accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, he had already witnessed bets being placed on cockfights if his boat came at Palawan at 1521.

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