Practice responsible gaming in legal E-Sabong, etc.

Wed| 09.01.2021 | 11:00:00 AM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) strongly reminds the public to practice responsible gaming if intending to engage in online games being offered by its operators.

With various quarantine restrictions being imposed all over the country, people venture on various activities to relieve their stress, boredom and fatigue, while others are looking for ways to earn income due to the economic hardship we are all facing. Sabong being closely intertwined with our culture, is presently gaining popularity as an online gaming activity among Filipinos.

Players are therefore strongly advised to consider online games, especially E-Sabong only as a form of entertainment and not as a way to make money.

Gaming responsibly is when a player only bets with money that he or she can afford to lose, making sure that money allocated for daily sustenance and for the family are not used. Always set a spending and time limit if intending to play and avoid playing when feeling depressed or upset, and never encourage persons below 21 years of age to participate in gambling.

PAGCOR is continually instituting measures to prevent gambling addiction and to prohibit underage gambling.

More importantly, PAGCOR advises the public not to engage in any gaming activity from unlicensed E-Sabong Operators and unregistered E-Sabong websites to avoid being duped and cheated of your hard earned money. Licensed E-Sabong operators, their brands and websites can be viewed at the PAGCOR website.

To further strengthen the fight against unauthorized and illegal E-Sabong operations, the state-run gaming regulator is in close coordination with several government agencies such as the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Information and Technology.

It is for the above reasons that PAGCOR had to step in to regulate the emerging industry to primarily protect the Filipino players and to ensure that the government get its appropriate share of revenues from their operations. Without regulation, E-Sabong will proliferate and have far reaching detrimental effects on its players.

To this date, after four (4) months of regulating the industry, PAGCOR has already collected more than a billion pesos in fees from the licensed E-Sabong operators, which is a great help in augmenting the depleting coffers of the government to aid in its efforts in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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