The 100% state-owned PAGCOR is responsible for licensing the nation’s gambling operations, and runs 13 casinos across the country, with 50% of the revenues going straight to the National Treasury. PAGCOR’s biggest project to date is the Las Vegas-style complex in Bay City, Metro Manila called “The Entertainment City” which occupies 8km2 of the Manila Bay area and is home to international resort & casino brands like City of Dreams Manila, Resorts World Bayshore, Solaire Resort & Casino, and the upcoming Okada Manila & Westside City
Live poker is popular in the country, with over 20 poker rooms offering cash games and live tournaments.
Philippine poker started in early 2006 with 1 poker room located at PAGCOR’s Airport Casino. In the beginning, it was the only casino offering Texas Holdem Poker. But after The Metro Card Club, the very first mortar & brick poker room in the country, opened, numerous rooms followed suit. Despite the amount of poker rooms in the metropolis alone, real popularity was gained after the launch of the Filipino Poker Tour, a local circuit sponsored by PokerStars. Seeing the reaction and population of poker players in the archipelago, the international brand decided to hold the inaugural tournament of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino in Manila on August 2007. This event placed the Philippines on the global map as a poker destination. The Asian Poker Tour (APT) reinforced this fact in 2008, by extending satellites abroad to APT events in the Philippines.
Since then, the poker community has truly boomed especially with PokerStars & Poker King Club making Manila its new home. A greater influx of international poker players are coming in to attend prestigious tournaments like the APPT, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) and the World Poker Tour (WPT) National Philippines.
Apart from this new found popularity in the poker scene, the Philippines, through CEZA, is also garnering a reputation as having Asia’s most favorable jurisdictions for licensing and regulating iGaming. As such, several online poker sites are operating directly from the Philippines.
Capital : Manila
Languages : English, Filipino
Population : 100 million
Currency : Peso
Calling code : +63
Time zone : UTC+08:00
Casinos with poker:
Online rooms: Access to all major pokersites / Deposit through Skrill / Neteller may not be possible on certain sites
Internet: Converge ICT Fibre Optic is fast & stable
Recommanded providers: PLTD, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Sky Cable
Live poker: Casinos are open to local and foreigner
Online poker: Unclear legislation, country’s population is now technically free to use the services of foreign online casinos