Philippine Casinos Have The Edge After Macau, Evergrande Fiascos

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Big things are happening in the domestic Philippines gambling market. Just recently, it was announced that half of the country’s POGOs – or Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators – have closed up shop and fled the country without paying their outstanding tax bills. And while this left PAGCOR reeling a bit with upwards of $30 million …

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Pac-Man Loses Latest Decision, But Bigger Decision Looms In Philippines

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On Saturday, Manny Pacquiao faced down WBA “Super” welterweight champion  Yordenis Ugas after Errol Spence, Jr., withdrew with a detached retina. And while the fight went the distance and was reasonably close, Pac-Man lost via unanimous decision. The ringside judges scored the bout 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112. ESPN also scored the fight 116-112 for Ugas. …

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2021 Philippine Cup Suspended As Online Gambling Surges

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After a delayed start to the 2021 PBA season, the Philippine Cup got off to an interesting start. Shooting and scoring were both down, San Miguel Beermen superstar June Mar Fajardo was playing in a low-key, reserved manner coming off injury, and the players in general seemed tentative at best. Of course, now that the …

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Entertainment City IRs Close Again Due To Resurgent Coronavirus Strain

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After a disastrous 2020, the Philippine gambling industry has been approaching the new year with incredible enthusiasm. Entertainment City construction projects have resumed, fresh resort casino investments are pouring in, and the market looks poised to pick up where it left off in 2019. After all, before COVID, the Philippines was fast becoming the number-one …

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Domestic Online Gambling Could Be Headed To The Philippines

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The legal online gambling industry in the Philippines has been limited to POGOs for non-residents and offshore betting sites for those living in the islands. That could be about to change. After 2020 was a total wash – or, rather, a total dousing – for Philippine brick-and-mortar casinos in the Metro Manila area, PAGCOR – …

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Amid Casino Closures, Philippine Government Cracks Down On Online Gambling

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While the Philippines is home to one of the largest offshore gambling enterprises on the planet, its POGOs are closed to actual residents of the islands. This is not a great point of contention for local gamblers, at least under normal conditions. However, with the Philippines entering its fifth month of Metro Manila coronavirus lockdowns, …

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Coronavirus Shuts Down PAGCOR Retail Gambling, POGOs Still Operational

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As of right now, most retail gambling in the Philippines has been temporarily suspended. Per the government’s overarching coronavirus response, PAGCOR – the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation – has shuttered all operations in the National Capital Region, or NCR. This includes all 16 NCR cities, and all forms of retail gambling have been put …

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President Duterte Cites No Proof Of Allegations Against POGO Licensees


Ever since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in August of 2019, the Chinese President has pushed for online gambling reform in the Philippines. Xi asked President Duterte to suspend the PAGCOR Philippine Offshore Gambling Operator’s (POGO) licenses that he claims targets, Chinese bettors. After the meeting, President Duterte told media …

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