Electronic Gaming and Poker

PAGCOR oversees the Philippine gaming industry through strict regulation of all persons, locations, practices and related activities. Other than land-based casinos, there are licensed gaming sites around the country offering the following:

  • Electronic Games
  • Bingo Games
  • Sports Betting
  • Poker Games

Application for non-casino types of gaming follows a structured two (2)-part process. All documentary and procedural requirements listed under Part I must be satisfied before an Applicant can proceed to Part II.


It determines the suitability of the specific site presented for the operation of gaming activity/ies.

The Applicant cannot proceed to Part II and/or secure Local Government Unit (LGU) document/s unless the Applicant has received confirmation from PAGCOR’s Gaming Licensing and Development Department (GLDD) on the acceptability of the site.


If the proposed gaming site is found to be acceptable in terms of the site location requirements, the Applicant shall be advised to proceed to Part II through email.



  a Application for Establishment of Gaming Site (Poker)
  a Application for the Establishment of Gaming Site
  a Electronic Gaming System (EGS) Service Provider Registration Form
1. Effective January 18, 2016, no gaming site or poker club applications in the City of Mandaluyong will be accepted per City Council Resolution no. 2239, S-2016.

2. Effective April 9, 2016, Application Forms Part I shall be queued.

3. Effective May 3, 2017, a non-refundable Application Fee of PhP250,000.00 shall be imposed to all applicants applying for the establishment and operation of gaming sites offering electronic games and electronic bingo games, in lieu of the previously prescribed applicable fees (i.e. total of PhP130,000.00) for new site application.

The new application fee shall not apply to current Applicants who have already paid the total amount of PhP95,000.00 for application, inspection and processing fees.



  Gaming Site Regulatory Manual ver. 3.0 ( Electronic Games)


  Gaming Site Regulatory Manual ver. 3.0 ( Bingo Games)


  Gaming Site Regulatory Manual ver. 2.0 ( Poker Games)


 Accreditation of Electronic Gaming System (EGS) Service Provider Registration Procedures




Gaming Sites


Poker Clubs




  Process of Amending the GSRM


  Petition for Amendment to the GSRM




  Amendments to the Regulatory Manual (Latest)


  Amendments to the Regulatory Manual (change in operating hours)


  Amendments to the GSRM on Operators conversion of Operator from Sole Proprietorship/Partnership to Corporation


  Amendments to the Regulatory Manuals


Applicable Radial Distance Restrictions


Effective September 21, 2016, the following are the applicable radial distance restrictions as per Section 2 under Regulation 3 of the Gaming Site Regulatory Manuals version 3.0 for Electronic and Bingo Games:


Type of Gaming Establishment From schools, places of worship/churches, horse racing outlets, public markets, informal settlers and resettlement Areas From another gaming establishment
Gaming Site (Electronic Games)*
At least 300 meters
At least 1 kilometer or at least 500 meters if gaming sites are located in a highly urbanized city or municipality
Gaming Site (Bingo Games)*
Gaming Site (Poker Games)*
At least 200 meters
At least 1 kilometer, and at least 5 kilometers from another Poker Club
* Gaming Site Regulatory Manuals for Electronic and Bingo Games were updated on April 26, 2017.
** There will be no changes in distance restrictions for Gaming Site for Poker Games, i.e. Poker Club.