Main provisions of the Philippine Gambling Act
The Philippines sets the minimum age to participate in any form of gambling at 21 years old. This also includes online casinos. This restriction is clearly stated in the Section 73.1 of the Act. Athletes are allowed to play in gambling activities as they don’t have any specific conditions because of their condition.
Online casinos are different from land-based casinos in the country. They require a different license to operate legally in the country. License for online casinos reflects the additional requirements when it comes to cybersecurity and gambling addiction management. This license also contemplates the technical standard to make the game secure for players when it comes to data security and randomness of the game.
There are also stronger regulations when it comes to advertising, as online advertising has the risk of exposing minors to the game, so they need to follow specific guidelines for this. PAGCOR has a strong online regulation that is constantly searching for any breach in the regulations. The country has battled for quite a while to maintain the online betting situation, and therefore, they enforce really strict guidelines.
PAGCOR is also very strict when it comes to player safety. Online casinos must implement programs for self-exclusions, enforce deposit limits, and make sure the player and his well-being are placed before any chance of profiting from the casino. They force the casino to restrict temporarily or permanently any client who is suspicious of bad gambling behaviors.