Online Bingo in the Philippines
Bingo is an enormously popular game in the Philippines, and yet it is not available online for Filipino players within their own country. This is mostly due to the gambling monopoly of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), which runs most of the country’s land-based casino halls, as well as the online gaming industry within the Philippines.
The only competitor to the PAGCOR monopoly is the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport, which is authorised to issue its own gambling licences, but this is limited to the north-eastern tip of the country. It is also aimed exclusively at hotel guests, and while it used to be available only for foreign tourists, it is now also available for Filipino guests. However, these Cagayan Freeport gaming facilities are still off-limits to locals.
PAGCOR does offer numerous online casino outlets, as home play is restricted, but there are no online bingo sites. In order to search for the best online bingo sites, then, Filipino players need to move on to offshore bingo websites.
Open to the Philippines
Since Filipinos cannot access online bingo sites that are hosted within the Philippines, their first concern when choosing an online bingo site from elsewhere the legality of them is playing there. While many offshore-hosted online bingo sites do accept players from the Philippines, there are a few sites that do not. The first step in choosing the best online bingo site, then, is verifying that the site does indeed accept Filipino players.
Then, once this has been verified, Filipino players also need to make sure that the transaction methods of the online bingo site are suitable and convenient for them. Since the point of playing online bingo is betting and hoping to win, the actions of depositing money and withdrawing prize money is of vital importance.
These transaction methods need to be simple and convenient, such as using credit card systems or online systems such as Ukash, but Filipino players need to go one step further and check that the available methods are also available within the Philippines. There is no point in signing up to an online bingo site that accepts Filipino players, but then finding out that depositing and withdrawing funds is a major mission and spoils any fun that can be had while playing online bingo.
The Legality of Playing
If these two requirements, that is, accepting Filipino players and offering convenient transaction methods, are met, then the Filipino player is good to go to check the online bingo site in other ways to make sure it is the best for them.
It must be said, however, that the legality of the site also counts in general, which may, indeed, be the first thing any player should check out. All online bingo sites that one may come across need to be authorised by the relevant licensing authority, and they need to be on top of all things regarding the licensing and legality of play.
Once the legal issues have been dealt with and players are sure that the site accepts Filipino players and offers convenient transaction methods, they can begin considering the other important factors of security and safety, and also look at individual preferences such as the type of bingo offered, the bonuses on offer, and any other specific preferences. All of these will help the Filipino player determine the best online bingo site for them.