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In the Philippines all legal live poker is operated by PAGCOR. There are many poker clubs inside PAGCOR’s 42 casinos which are called “onsite” locations. Because there are no laws about how many table games a casino can offer many of these poker rooms are quite large. There are also many dozens of standalone poker rooms called “offsite” locations. These are privately owned but are.
This raid led to the single biggest arrest of suspected illegal migrants in the Philippines and has caused Beijing to express its concern over these mass arrests. Earlier, Chinese police arrested 3 Australian citizens among 18 individuals who allegedly violated the country’s gambling laws by promoting gambling services at Crown Resorts (where they were employees), in a bid to attract Chinese.
The only online poker sites in the Philippines are those of companies licensed to offer online poker outside the country. Although there are no specific Filipino online poker laws, the general regulations apply and offering online poker to Filipino citizens is considered to be illegal.
Illegal betting on horse race. — The penalty of arresto menor or a fine not exceeding 200 pesos, or both, shall be imposed upon any person who except during the period allowed by law, shall be on horse races. The penalty of arresto mayor or a fine ranging from 200 to 2,000 pesos, or both, shall be imposed upon any person who, under the same circumstances, shall maintain or employ a totalizer.
China is taking illegal online gambling sites emanating from the Philippines extremely seriously. How seriously? The Chinese embassy in the nearby country issued a formal statement, and it’s expected to come up in a meeting this month between the country’s presidents. It’s an interesting pushback on illegal gambling involving the highest levels of government.
China issued its statement addressing the Philippines’ actions after Cambodia announced that it would ban online gambling as it poses threat to social order. Cambodia, similarly to the Philippines, has become a popular hub for Chinese-owned online casinos targeting customers from Mainland China. The two countries are close allies and China is among Cambodia’s biggest investors.
For those playing online poker in Thailand short term, there are month to month apartment options. A friend rented a studio at iPremium (above) for 12k with only one month’s deposit (two months is the standard). He got his deposit back and the internet was grindable.