How Does Betting on Legal Cockfighting Work?
Betting on sabong is a chaotic process.Cockfighting Once the announcer gives the cue,
the audience begins yelling their wagers out. This is because bets are typically placed from the stands.
Several Kristos, as they are called, take wagers using a series of hand signals.
In order to successfully place a wager, bettors must make eye contact with a Kristo and make a hand motion.
You first must point to either side of the arena to indicate the favorite or the underdog.
Then, you motion how many pesos you wish to wager by either pointing up (signals 10P per finger),
sideways (100P per finger) or down (1,000P per finger). Valuations may differ based on where you are betting.
The entire betting window lasts about 3-4 minutes, which is why this portion is so chaotic.
Bettors are wagering either on the Meron, or the champion/favored bird, or the Wala, or underdog.
Merons can achieve this status by surviving past fights or through semi-corrupt methods.
For example, an owner or breeder may be well-known or have a lot of influence in the cockfighting community,
thus giving their bird a reputation prior to the match.
Merons often have the best diets, pens, and vitamins available to them to increase their chances of winning.
It is common for a piece of blue tape to be attached to the Meron to distinguish it during the fight.
Walas is the newcomer or underdog bird. Betting on the Wala will get you a much higher payout if it wins,
but there is a greater chance it loses. Walas typically have a piece of red/orange
tape attached to help distinguish it from the other bird.
History of Sabong Betting
Sabong, also known as cockfighting, is one of the most ancient sports in the Philippines,
being really very traditional in the country. For years and years, the population of the Philippines
has been having fun with this sport and, of course, trying to make some money with it.
Sabong betting origins are still unknown in the country,
but nowadays it is pretty common for people to lay their wagers during the Sabong fights.
Mostly, punters will bet on which “competitor” will end up victorious in a 1×2 kind of bet.
It is estimated that Sabong in the Philippines started 6.000 years ago
There are about 2.500 arenas for Sabong (cockpits) spread around the country
According to studies, the Sabong industry is worth Billions of Dollars annually
In the Island nation, Sabong is the most popular sport.
However, even though Sabong is a legal sport in the Philippines and you can bet as much as
you wish in local betting shops, online betting in this sport is not authorized by the local government.
That way, if you live in the Philippines and want to make some betting money by betting on Sabong,
the only way would be to actually go somewhere that hosts this kind of event throughout the country.
Duterte: Yes to ‘e-sabong,’ no to 24/7 gambling
MANILA, Philippines — Unless Congress decides otherwise, the national government,
through the Philippine Games and Amusement Corp. (Pagcor), will continue to allow and regulate online cockfighting,
or “e-sabong,” but President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t want the game played the whole day.
“It’s only done in America, in the casinos in hotels. Here, it’s not being held in the hotel
but the entire nation is free to go gambling,” the president said during a recorded meeting
with Cabinet members and other government officials on Tuesday that was broadcast on Wednesday.
“So,I will look first on what is its system. But gambling for 24 hours,
I seem to disagree with that proposition,” he added.
Duterte said he is personally against all forms of gambling because of its social costs,
in addition to problems of game-fixing and the government’s inability to keep minors away
from online cockfighting and becoming addicted to it.