Pagcor orders shutdown of 53 gaming outlets

The Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has ordered the closure of 53 Bingo Bonanza and electronic games sites run by subsidiaries of Leisure & Resorts World Corp. (LWRC), local media reports.

According to Pagcor, the affected outlets were in violation of distance restriction guidelines set by the government, which states that gaming outlets must be at least 200 meters from schools and churches.

Some 36 e-bingo sites of AB Leisure Exponent Inc. (ABLE) and 17 sites of Total Gamezone Extreme Inc (TGXI) were ordered by Pagcor to immediately cease operations.

In a response, the LRWC said it would send a letter of reconsideration to Pagcor.

“Should reconsideration be not given, we will transfer the electronic bingo operations at said sites and transfer the same to compliant locations,” LWRC said.