Thanks to the Internet, distance is no longer an obstacle for gamblers in the Philippines who want to enjoy the casino. Real-money online casinos are available to any Filipino with internet access, which is not an unusual asset, given that the Philippines is home to one of the most connected populations in south-east Asia.
Great connectivity and the geographical nature of the Philippines itself should not be underestimated in its burgeoning online casino market. With all of the republic’s land-based operations clustered around Manila, it can be quite an undertaking for even the most dedicated gaming fans from outlying areas to get to a casino. Real-money online casinos thus offer a real saving in time, travel and convenience.
Official Murmurs Bode Well for Industry
When he was first elected to the presidency, it appeared that President Rodrigo Duterte would push for gambling online to be outlawed. In recent weeks, however, his stated intentions have changed, and it now appears that online casinos will remain legally accessible to Filipinos, subject to certain tax reforms. For those unable to play at any land-based casino, real-money online wagering looks set to remain an option.
This is good news for casino enthusiasts living in the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport on northern Luzon in particular. Through a quirk in casino law, they don’t even have access to land-based casinos, like locals in Manila do. In contrast to state-owned land-based operations in the rest of the Philippines, which serve tourists and Filipinos alike, the casinos licensed by Cagayan authorities, land-based and online, may only serve tourists or foreign players. For Cagayan enthusiasts keen to find a casino, real-money online operations, licensed in foreign territories, are the only option.
Finding Suitably Philippine-Friendly Casinos Online
Despite these slightly convoluted rules, there is no law prohibiting online gambling at foreign-owned sites in the Philippines, so Filipinos can legally participate in casino real-money online gaming anytime they like, in Cagayan and elsewhere. With so many options, licensed in jurisdictions all over the world, to choose from, the first criterion to consider when narrowing down a shortlist should be a site’s general Philippine-friendliness.
Does it offer service in English and Spanish? Are its currency and banking platforms convenient for Filipinos? Does the game selection include any casino titles specific to the Philippines, or generally popular in the republic? Casino real-money online wagering is much more fun for Philippine gamblers if the answer to all these questions is yes.
After Common-Sense Checks, Game Selection Counts
When wagering at any casino, gambling and carelessness don’t mix. Top 10 lists on review sites generally check out aspect like security encryption and game audits for bias, so they help players avoid websites that won’t keep customers’ bank accounts safe, or whose games aren’t fair and truly random.
Players should check a site’s security and privacy policies for themselves before registering for any casino real-money online wagering, to be doubly sure like bettors check at mobile betting sites. Once basic precautions are in place, however, the only other checking out they need to do is the range of online casino games the site has available.