Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is in a predicament involving Philippine offshore gaming operations. In the past, he proclaimed he hates gambling of every form. However, he went back on his words by allowing POGOs to continue operating in the country.
Chinese online casino investments bring in a lot of tax revenues. It was too big of an opportunity that Duterte ignored Beijing’s request to stop all online gambling in the Philippines. In fact, he is willing to issue more licenses to offshore gambling firms.
He previously proclaimed he hated gambling and even shut down local lottery operations for alleged corruption. However, there’s a massive expansion of the gambling industry under his administration’s watch.
Sportsbook pay per head operators are expecting lawmakers to legalize Illinois sports betting in spring. In fact, it will be part of a bigger gambling expansion deal that includes more options in horse tracks and new casino licenses.
Advocates of Illinois sports betting has the support of Governor J.B. Pritzker. He wants to use the revenue from sports wagering to fund government initiatives. In addition, he is expecting more than $200 million from sports betting in its first year.
Lawmakers are adjourning their session on May 31. However, they realized they need to resolve other issues before they get support for their sports betting bill. To get the gambling expansion bill passed, they need to prioritize sports betting to get to the governor’s good side.