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:

  • 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)



  Gaming Site Regulatory Manual ver. 2.0 ( Poker Games)




Poker Clubs



  a Notice to Operators and applicants on guidelines for Poker Games opertaions - 7.29.2019
  a Amendments to the regulatory manuals

  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
* 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.

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