Online Poker in the Philippines
Poker is a very popular pastime in the Philippines. In addition to the casinos, it is also possible to find many dedicated poker rooms. The poker scene has been enriched by the establishment of a room in Manila by PokerStars and the prestigious tournaments that are held in the country, such as the Asian Pacific Poker Tour; or the Asian Poker Tour. Furthermore, online poker sites are also helping shape the country as one of the most important hubs of poker in Asia.
|Is online poker legal in the Philippines?||Yes.|
|Are poker sites in the Philippines trustworthy?||Yes.|
|Can I deposit via PaySafeCard/Neteller/ecoPayz?||Yes.|
|Do online poker sites accept PHP?||Yes.|
Online Poker Laws in the Philippines
Although there are no specific Philippine poker laws, the game falls under the Executive Order No.13 from 2017 which means that domestic and foreign websites can only apply for a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) license issued by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and that allows them to offer online poker to players outside of the Philippines only. However, Filipinos are legally entitled to access international online poker sites such as Full Tilt Poker or Uniber Poker where they can play in many tournaments against some of the best players in the world.
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Zone Authority (APECO) and the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) can also issue licenses and target the Asian market, though they cannot in any way allow locals or anyone outside their territory within the Philippines to play.
Online Poker Payment Methods
Filipinos can use a variety of payment methods when playing in online poker sites that are all transparent and reliable. The credit and debit cards of VISA and MasterCard are usually accepted, but there are also other options that are as efficient and safe. These include Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard or ecoPayz.
Online Poker Sites Accepting PHP
Even though operators are interested in focusing their marketing strategies on the Philippines - due to the gambling’s market growth in the country -, there are still only a few online poker sites accepting PHP.