How to Enjoy Sabong and Online Sabong Betting ?
The great thing about sabong and the derbies is that it provides you with an action-packed entertainment
where real money bets are accepted. The bets are limited and you can only choose between the two birds.
In the normal derbies hosted in many towns and cities, the bets can range from low hundreds to hundreds of thousands of pesos.
But if you’re looking for massive winning opportunities, then the biggest derbies
hosted by top companies and groups should be considered.
- The World Slasher Cup derbies are the biggest events in sabong and these are often hosted
at the Araneta Center in Quezon City, Philippines. Here, you can participate in betting.
And the bets can reach millions of pesos since only the best enthusiasts, fans, and breeders attend these derbies.
If you’re passionate about sabong and the betting frenzy that come with it, then these derbies can work for you.
But if you prefer sabong online betting, well it’s a different story.
Is Betting On Sabong Legal In The Philippines?
Yes, it is. The Philippine government has long regulated sabong in the country,
and the agency in charge is the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
However, sabong gambling is only allowed at regulated cockpits themselves,
though underground sabong – called tupada or tigbakay – is a well-known part of the scene.
- While the government discourages illegal cockfighting, clamping down on it
hasn’t been a priority historically, so such black market fights are easily accessible nationwide.
Can PH Residents Legally Bet On Sabong Online?
Not right now. Filipino residents are barred from online gambling via domestic operators (aka POGOs),
but illegal sabong pits often have online components, locally called e-sabong (as detailed below).
All that said, if offshore operators ever wish to post sabong odds,
it would then be legal for Filipino gamblers to wager on them through these services.
How Do Legal Sabong Fighting Pits Work?
Cockfights are conducted in several stages. The first stage, the Ulatan,
is when the fighting cocks are paired up based on physical qualities—height, weight, wingspan, etc.
This helps establish fairness with the matches. Legal cockfights have a better system
for maintaining this whereas illegal matches are susceptible to cheating, mismatching,
etc. Cocks are fitted with a sickle blade on their left foot.
- The second step takes place in the arena, otherwise known as the Ruweda.
- The 2 owners of the cocks stand in the ring as well as a referee.
- The announcer is known as the Casador and the ref is known as the Sentensyador.
- While the referee provides structure, the winner is often quite indicative based on how the fight goes.
- In other words, it is obvious to tell who won by the end of the match.
- Once the decision is made, there can be no appeals made to the ref.
Before the match begins, owners hold both cocks close to each other until they start pecking.
Spectators get a chance to see which appears to be more aggressive. This helps influence betting.
After that, each cock walks around the arena, essentially giving bettors one last visual cue on which to bet on.