Manila Is Far From Vanilla

Manila is a thriving metropolis with a sophisticated casino culture
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The Philippines is best described as an archipelago, a cluster or group of islands defining one nation. However, just as scattered as these islands are, so is the very nature of the Philippines. If you’re heading out that way, make sure you do your research so that you may veer on the side of safety. Make no mistake, like most destinations you may visit, the Philippines has its safe parts and its dangerous parts, it’s areas of affluence and its areas of poverty, with everything in-between. 

Manila, the capital, is a microcosm of the Phillippines, especially in the organised chaos of the traffic system and the kinetic and vibrant essence of the culture. It’s also home to 9 casinos, many of those sporting world-class facilities and casino games right up there with what you’d encounter were you setting foot in Sin City or Macau.

The Philippines has also moved with the times by embracing online pokies, not by offering its own citizens these fun games of chance, but by providing licensing and regulation to offshore and local operators within its border to service its surrounding neighbours, like China. Last checked, there were 56 licensed online casinos registered and licensed through PAGCOR (the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) in Manila and the Philippines.

Let’s Get Betting!

So you’re in the Philippines, Manila, its capital to be more exact and you’re looking to buy more bling from your ka-ching. Well then, there are quite a few gaming options from which to choose in Manila and be assured, you’re going to find the type of hotel and casino chains you’ve enjoyed in the past right here too. 

Let’s get the dice rolling with the Okada Manila, a truly ambitious casino resort and hotel complex that took 7 years to complete and opened its doors to gaming pleasure in 2016.  The exterior of the casino is meant to represent the hue of the Manila Bay’s sunset and this effect has been achieved by imbuing the glass facade in the colour gold. If the outside shimmer stirs your emotions, wait until you get inside! 993 hotel rooms, 500 table games and an astronomical 3000 pokies.

Next up is the City of Dreams Manila, another glorious glass palace that opened its doors to those seeking to make fantasy a reality, in 2015. At a cost of $1.3 billion dollars, this casino resort and hotel complex consists of 6 hotel towers providing guests with 938 rooms. The casino itself comes with 289 table games, a welcoming 1620 slot machines and 176 electronic table games. Money was thrown at this project and you’ll see it for yourself when you check out the theme park developed in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, called DreamPlay.

Manila graffiti
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The Solaire Resort and Casino is older than its above-mentioned peers, having opened its doors back in 2013 already. This establishment houses two 17-storey five star hotels and a total of 800 rooms, suites and villas. In terms of casino games to play, you’ll find a total of 360 gaming table and an impressive 1620 slot machines. In addition to the gaming entertainment, this casino resort also offers up dining, live entertainment, a retail hub and convention facilities.

Other Attractions

Manila is rich in history and thus has loads in the way of sightseeing. The historical district of Intramuros can be explored by bicycle, and not just any bicycle, but Manila’s famous bamboo bicycle.  There’s lots to take in inside this walled city, including UNESCO heritage sites like Fort Santiago and San Agustin Church – Manila has a strong Spanish influence. History buffs can further enrich themselves by travelling to Corregidor Island where Filipino and American soldiers battled against invading Japanese forces. And if it’s not history you seek, then perhaps a panoramic view of Lake Taal and Taal Volcano can heat things up