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What is Online Sabong and How Does it Work

The Coronavirus pandemic has left many Filipinos jobless but one industry is thriving. Since mass gathering is not allowed, actual cockfights inside the cockpit are not allowed. There are few who are allowed but they are strictly regulated. there are some illegals but that’s their own problem.

What is Online Sabong or eSabong?

Online Sabong, or eSabong, of online cockfighting, has been making rounds inside the cockfighting community and many actually are making a living by just being agents. On the other hand, cockers “sabungeros” can now place bets safely online.

Cockfight “sabong” or the placing of bets on live cockfighting is an established tradition in the Philippines that dates as early as three thousand (3,000) years ago. The gaming activity is essentially placing two roosters in an arena and betting on which between the two comes out victorious. Regulation of live cockfighting in cockpit arenas is regulated by the Local Government Unit concerned. On the other hand, regulation of online sabong or eSabong is regulated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation pursuant to the PAGCOR Charter which fact was clarified by the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice.

eSabong is defined as the online/remote or off-site wagering/betting on live cockfighting matches, events, and/or activities streamed or broadcasted live from cockpit arena/s licensed or authorized by the Local Government Units having jurisdiction thereof.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s E-Sabong regulatory function is undertaken primarily by the E-Sabong Licensing Department (ESLD). This includes the development of the regulatory framework, processing of applications, issuance of licenses to conduct E-Sabong operations, and other related tasks.

How Online Sabong works?

Actual cockfights are done by licensed parties. As of May 10 (no update yet), according to PAGCOR Chairman According to Domingo, only the Lucky 8 Starquest of Atong Ang and the Belvedere Corp. of businessman Bong Pineda were issued with licenses to operate sabong online after paying the performance bond of P75 million each. The two are the most well-known people in gambling and are always connected to casino issues.

The eSabong fights are being streamed live online and bettors can place their bet through different agents that use different platforms. The bettor must be a member of a certain platform under an agent in order to watch and place bets. Of course, a mobile phone or a computer with an Internet connection is needed. There are several apps for Android and iOS but one can also watch through a browser. Online Sabong is no different from watching an actual cockfight inside the cockpit. The only difference is that it is done remotely and there is no loud crowd. Sometimes the crowd is what makes cockfights enjoyable. Fights are being done with a handful of people including professional cameramen who take all the angles of the fight to entertain viewers and bettors. In fact, one cannot view without betting. I think this si reasonable because they are delimiting the bandwidth of their websites to bettors only. There are also greater advantages of eSabong over the on-site cockfight because all viewers can have a closer look at the fights. Unlike in actual games where it is difficult to see the gamefowls fighting especially if you are sitting far from the cockpit.

Is Online Sabong legal and legit?

As mentioned above, eSabong is sanctioned and regulated by the government of the Philippines. Sabong is a P75B industry in the Philippines according to experts and it is not a small thing to ignore adding the fact that hundreds of thousands of jobs are in the line here. eSabong is both recreation, gambling, business, and livelihood.

Do I need to place a bet to make money?

If your purpose is to play in order to make money then yes, you have to place a bet. but if you are not used to gambling but want to make money, you can be an agent. There are many agents who are not into gambling and most of them are actually making more money than career gamblers.

Is my money secure? Is eSabong a scam?

Sabong is a gentlemen’s game and scammers have no place in this industry. Operators of these games are licensed and an agent cannot just run away with the bettors’ money or he will be running the rest of his life.  Scamming cockers is the last thing anyone would do.

I am from outside of the Philippines, can I place a bet and join eSabong?

If you are an OFW with a registered Philippine mobile phone number, you can download the GCash app and still join the eSabong. There are few choices for mode of payments and right now only GCash is possible.

How and when do I get paid after I won?

You can always withdraw your money anytime you want through Gcash as well as other processors like money transfers. There is no one to stop you from withdrawing your winnings.

  • How much money is involved in every fight?
  • The amount of bets depends on a number of factors.
  • Bets by the owners
  • Bets by the viewers
  • The time the fight is happening. Fights in the morning seem to have fewer viewers so the number of bets is always lower compared to those fights down from afternoon to nighttime. This is understandable because most people are in their homes during nighttime.

How can I play eSabong?

Right now, Pitmasters is the leading provider of online sabong.

Final words

Sabong is gambling and gambling is risky. make sure to bet only the amount you are ready to lose. This type of activity is addictive so make sure to play moderately. We are only providing information here and we do not really encourage people to gamble their hard-earned money. But in fairness to cockfighting, there is 90% more chance that you are going to lose to a Casino than in cockfighting. In cockfighting, everyone has a 50% chance since there are only two parties playing against each other all the time.

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