Meridian Vista Gaming Online License Lifted in Philippines

Published Tuesday, April 12, 2011 -

In the Philippines, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation PAGCOR is fully government owned and controlled, and regulates almost all gambling in the country, with the exception of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport on the northeastern tip of the country. This special area of the country is subject to its own rules, and it gives out separate licenses.

Online gambling is legal all across the country. Both the main region of the Philippines and the Cagayan Freeport offer sites licensed by and hosted in the Cagayan region. These are only open to foreign players and are large, international gambling websites, much like those hosted in other parts of the world.

In a recent article posted in the Malaya Philippine online newspaper the Department of Justice said it will look into reports on the resurgence of illegal gambling in some Luzon provinces based on the complaint of the Department of Interior and Local Government. The issue is over allegations that a legal gambling operator Meridian Vista Gaming Corp. is providing an outlet for illegal activity. Meridian was able to secure a franchise from the Games and Amusement Board to take bets on jai-alai.

"Through the Office of the Solicitor General, we will inquire into this first, how Meridian was able to get that authority from GAB. Was it aboveboard and what is the scope and breadth of that?" Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said adding she is alarmed by the reports.
PAGCOR runs an online casino complete with poker games, as well as a basketball betting website and a bingo site made specifically for playing on-the-go via mobile phones. Players who want to enjoy further games must use foreign online gambling sites.






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