Casino gambling in the Philippines is practically synonymous with PAGCOR, the government owned regulatory body.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is owned entirely by the government. It was created in 1977 by virtue of Presidential Decree 1067-A and amended a few years later under the PAGCOR Charter (1983).

PAGCOR has three responsibilities which it carries out on behalf of the Philippine government:

  • regulate all games of chance, particularly casino gaming,
  • raise funds for socio-civic and national developmental efforts,
  • help boost tourism.

Its earnings are distributed between the government as tax, invested in sport development, supports the Department of Justice, shared with communities and the company itself.

PAGCOR operates 13 branches and 25 exclusive Clubs, open around the clock in major cities across the country. In each branch players may find games like baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps, pai gow, stud poker, Super 6, Pontoon and Texas Hold 'Em Poker.

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