Top 10 Favorite Filipino Gambling Activities

Why is gambling popular in the Philippines?
posted on: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Who doesn’t want to earn money?

Especially when you aren’t rich, like most Filipinos, you certainly would want to earn an extra income.

Gambling is so tempting and can be addicting for us that we sometimes can’t quit.

Some types of gambling are even illegal, like jueteng and masiao. So be careful if you want to gamble.

So here are ten ways Filipinos gamble their money:

10. Taksi

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This game is popular among teenage boys. Usually, cards are used as currency but those who are into gambling use actual peso coins.

Taksi is played by putting peso coins (can either be one or five peso coin) on the ground and drawing a square around it. Players take turn in throwing one peso coin at the coins on the ground and knock them out of the square.

9. Hantak

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Hantak is played by tossing three coins of the same value on a stone slab and betting on which side would the coins fall. Coins that didn’t land on the stone slab aren’t counted.

This game is popular among trisikad drivers.

8. TV Shows

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How is this gambling?

Well, anyone who wants to join a variety show should invest money, time energy and sometimes, life (remember the ULTRA stampede?).

7. Lotto

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As I’ve said in a previous article, you have a higher chance of dying in a car accident while buying a ticket than winning the 6/49 lotto.

Shoutout to the lone person who recently won  ₱215 million.

6. Pool

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Pool (or billiards) is very popular among delinquent students. Filipinos are kinda talented with this sport though. You need precise mathematical skills to aim the ball towards a pocket.

Clearly, losing your teeth helps a lot like what Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes had done to his.

5. Bingo

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Most middle-aged or old people play bingo in their pastime. It’s easy to play and can be fun… sometimes, especially if you win.

4. Mahjong

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Mahjong is one of the most popular gambling game in the Philippines.

How do you play mahjong? Try asking anyone who’s addicted to gambling or reading this guide.

3. Card games

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Tong-its, pusoy, or whatever card game I say, I bet (no pun intended) you’ve already played it.

Card games are popular during a funeral, along with biscuits and coffee.

2. Betting on sports

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Most hardcore sports fan bet on their favorite team or athlete. That’s why many tears were shed when Miami Heat was defeated or when Pacquiao was ‘beaten’ by Bradley.

It’s not just because Pinoys believe that their favorite would win, it’s their way of showing their support.

1. Cockfighting

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Inilog!

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Do you know anyone who raises roosters? I’m sure you know an acquaintance or two who joins in cockfighting.

Even here in Cebu there’s a popular place called Coliseum and it’s a venue where sabung is held.

Have you tried any of these activities? Well, I recommend betting on your enemy as well to minimize your loss.

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