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.


PART I

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.


PART II

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.







 
 

APPLICATION KITS

  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
  a Sports Betting (SB)
  a Data Content Streaming Provider Registration Form
  a Data Content Streaming Provider Permit to Possess
 
 

REGULATORY MANUALS

 

  Accreditation Requirements of Service Provider for Sports Betting System with Bookmaking

 

  Accreditation Procedures for Sports Betting System with Bookmaking Service Provider

 

  Regulatory Framework for Sports Betting Gaming Sites / Operators

 

  Notice on Shipment/Ship-out Processing Fee Payment Slip Form

 

  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

 

 Accreditation Procedures for Data/Content Streaming Provider of Electronic Gaming Sites

 

 Application Procedures for Permit To Possess Gaming Equipment & Gaming Paraphernalia for Data/Content Streaming Provider of Electronic Gaming Sites

 
 
 

GAMING SITE TEMPLATES

 

Gaming Sites

 

Poker Clubs

 
 

AMENDMENT

  a Notice to Operators and applicants on guidelines for Poker Games opertaions - 7.29.2019
  a Amendments to the regulatory manuals
  a Notice on Saturation of eBingo Sites
  a Amendment to the Gaming Site Regulatory Manual for Bingo Games on Performance Cash Deposit
 

 Deletion of the provision granting Bingo Operators the option to shoulder the 20% prize tax

 

  Amendments to GSRMs regarding exemption from Site Distance Restrictions and additional acceptable ID cards for Player Registration

 

  Amendment to the Regulatory Manual - 04.18.2018 (Latest)

 

  Amendment for Application of Franchise Tax - 04.06.2018

 

  Amendments to the Regulatory Manual - 03.13.2018

 

  Amendments to the Regulatory Manual - 02.06.2018

 

  Amendments to the Regulatory Manual

 

  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

 

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 and version 2.0 for Poker Games, as amended:

 

 
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 radial distance, except when gaming sites are located in a highly urbanized city or municipality where the distance requirement is at least 500 meters.
Gaming Site (Bingo Games)
Gaming Site (Poker Games) i.e. Poker Clubs
At least 200 meters radial distance (from schools and places of worship)
At least 5 kilometers from another Poker Club; Not less than 1 kilometer from another gaming establishment, measured through access roads from another poker club.
     
Notes:
* The above distance restrictions shall not apply to malls or arcades and three (3)-star hotels and resorts accredited by the Department of Tourism authorized by PAGCOR and bythe local government unit concerned.
* For Poker Clubs, the distance requirement for the proposed gaming site will be waived if the proposed gaming site is located in the same street address of an existing gaming site provided said existing gaming site has a valid Business Permit from LGU.