Online Sports Betting in Philippines

philippinesMost Filipinos are aware of our legal domestic sports betting options that are licensed through Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). In the Metro Manila area alone there are over 20 PAGCOR licensed betting shops. There are also sports betting outlets in PAGCOR’s casinos in Paranaque, Pavilion, Heritage and Angeles.

Nationwide it is possible to wager over the telephone with Mega Sports World. They even have a website that shows the odds online. In this article I focus not on that option but rather the alternatives. This is of course online betting with foreign websites.

How to Use Foreign Betting Sites

Several of the internet’s most legit online bookies are friendly to Philippine residents. While there are many options for depositing and withdrawing, Neteller is one of the best to use. To start, open an account at www.neteller.com. Next simply send a wire from your Philippines bank account to your Neteller account. Though it takes a while to set up, the benefits are well worth the time spent doing so.

Neteller is essentially an online bank account. It supports seamless low cost conversion between Philippine peso (PHP) and United States dollar (USD). To begin with, you can fund your Neteller account by sending a bank transfer. Once the transfer is received, the money will be made available in your Neteller account. You can then use this money to deposit to foreign gambling sites.

You can also cash out your balance from these sites back to Neteller too. At anytime you want to take money off Neteller you can do so by wiring the money back to your bank account in the Philippines. This is my favorite and also in my opinion, the easiest way to move money to and from gambling sites. Entropay and Click2Pay (www.click2pay.com) are two similar options that are also popular here.

Have Neteller?

click2payThere are many online bookmakers that accept Philippine residents and support Click2Pay. Each has odds on football (soccer) matches from around the world. They also have many betting options for PBA basketball. This includes the Philippine Cup which does not allow foreign players. It also includes the Governors Cup and the Commissioners Cup, both of which allow teams to sign and trade players from overseas.

You can also bet on American sports such as NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL. Other sports such as golf, tennis, cricket, darts, rugby union, field hockey, badminton, rugby league, volleyball, Australian rules, boxing, ping pong (table tennis) and Formula 1 are available too.

The websites below are the ones I use the most and get the AsiaBet seal of approval.

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A key to winning at sports betting is shopping the odds. The more bookies you have access to the better your chances of winning are. Say for example you are looking to place a bet on San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketbal League (ABL). It would be wise to look at the odds from several bookmakers and bet at the one offering the highest payout per peso staked.

For example, if one site has odds of 2.5 and one has odds of 2.2, it would obviously be better to choose the one offering 2.5 as you will stand to win more money. While prices don’t vary a huge amount, you will often find small differences that can really add up over time. Always betting with the highest odds can make the difference between winning and losing money in the long run.

I will discuss the three sites suggested above after first introducing a few more bookmakers.

Using Western Union (WU) and MoneyGram (MG)

western unionThere are some bookmakers that are great for basketball betting that do not offer Click2Pay as a banking method. For these it is possible to deposit and get paid using a Person to Person (P2P) Transfer Company such as Western Union or MoneyGram. You can find the closest Western Union location using www.westernunion.ph. MoneyGram is available at Cebuanal Huillier pawn shops, Banco De Oro, Metrobank and Allied Bank branches, post offices with a Peragram logo, KwartaGram agents, M. Lhuillier, RD Pawnshop, SMART and SM Mall.

The following websites cover the fee on P2P deposits that are over a certain amount (USD $250 to USD $300 depending on the site).

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If we include Mega Sports World, the suggested Click2Pay sites, and the 3 P2P websites above that gives you several betting options to choose from. This is roughly the amount that most serious punters will use in order to make sure they are betting with the most favorable odds.

Understand there are far more winning bettors who shop the odds than there are winning handicappers. I cannot stress enough the importance of checking the prices at a number of different sites in order to get the best value.

Details on Filipino Friendly Bookies

There are many reasons to use foreign betting sites besides just the odds shopping aspect. For example 5Dimes has some of the lowest margin odds in the industry. No matter if you are shopping futures or the winner of a match on a point spread more often than not you will find they have the best odds.

Bovada is great for betting props, especially so for NBA. BetOnline is the first site to offer lines on most American sports. Watching for the odds to open you can find great value.

ComeOn! (www.comeon.com) is very easy to use because Click2Pay is supported. This is one of the few Click2Pay websites that offers sports betting, casino and poker seamlessly to Philippine residents. Intertops is the other. Their odds on average are not as good as Comeon! but there are plenty of exceptions. Also, Intertops was the first ever online betting site having been online since 1996.

Online Betting is Safe

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E-games cafes such as the one pictured above can be used for betting on sports as well as playing casino games online

The statement online betting is safe is actually not always true. There are many scam sites on the web such as WSEX.com and others that should be avoided. These sites have a history of not paying winning players and they get away with it because they are not licensed.

It should be understood not all unlicensed sites are scams. 5Dimes is the only unlicensed site mentioned on this page. They however have been in business since 1998 and have a strong track record for fast payouts and are well trusted in the industry.

The websites suggested on this page are licensed by regulators that are just as strong as PAGCOR. Comeon! is licensed by the Malta government. Malta is part of the European Union and has a strong legal system. If there is any issue, legal recourse is available.

Bovada are licensed in Kahnawake, Canada and have been in the casino industry since 1994. Intertops.eu, as already mentioned, was the first ever online betting site, something that revolutionised the gaming industry, all the way back in January 1996. They are licensed in Antigua.

When using all websites, there are gambling commissions just as good as PAGCOR to go to in the event of a dispute. In more serious disputes you can also use their local court system as these are legal and legitimate companies. Of course the chances of disputes are extremely small because on this page only the most reputable bookmakers are suggested.

The bottom line is that when you play at the sites mentioned on this page and win, you will get paid. Of course, if you’re looking for an agent that speaks Tagalog and if you want to bet in Philippine peso (PHP) Mega Sports World is the best option for this. But considering all sites mentioned on this page are safe, there isn’t much reason to pass on the value that can be found by using seven options instead of one. Again, these alternatives are legal from the locations they are located, and therefore are legal under international law. If you give a site like www.comeon.com a try, it will be easy to see the value they offer over PAGCOR’s options.