Some people are understandably daunted by the concept of losing money by playing in a casino. However, it’s often all a matter of setting your limits right at the outset. Determine how much you’re willing to lose, and once you’ve lost that amount, walk away whether you’ve actually won something or not. Others may prefer to work the other way around. Decide on an amount you want to win, say Php10,000, and then stop playing when you win that much. Again, this is whether you won or lost. Be strict about it, whether you choose one “method” over the other.
Once you’ve settled on the amount you want to win or lose, you need to decide on the games you want to play. The simplest would be the slot machines and pachinko, since there are no special rules involved. If you want to try the table games, you would do well to start with blackjack; all the “skill” you have to have is to know how to count to 21. For other games like poker, craps, or paigow, it’s best to do a little bit of research first before you play. Finally, you should also know proper casino etiquette.
Now that you have the basics out of the way, it’s time to try your luck in some of these casinos. Many of these are located in hotels in Pasay and Parañaque, so you can easily check-in if you want to or dine at top-tier establishments before or after your game.
Resorts World Manila
Resorts World Manila is part of the Newport City township, located in Pasay City near NAIA Terminal 3. Aside from the world-class Newport Performing Arts Theater, premium hotels, and a vast selection of restaurants, Resorts World Manila is also known for its casino. The RWM Casino has four locations: the ground floor of the main building, the Casino at Holiday Inn Express, the new Grand Wing Gaming Area, and the VIP invitation-only Genting Club on the third floor. Some of the feature table games at RWM Casino include Caribbean stud poker, money wheel, pontoon, and super six.
Solaire Resort and Casino
Solaire Resort and Casino or simply Solaire is one of the first of many integrated resorts in the Philippines. It’s located in Entertainment City in Parañaque, which offers excellent views of the majestic Manila Bay sunset. Their casino offers all of the popular table casino games like baccarat and blackjack, although you can always just take your chances at the slot machines if you want to win big. The Solaire Casino also has a sportsbook, so you can bet on your favorite sports teams. In terms of winnings, you can take advantage of the Solaire Rewards. It has six levels, starting from silver all the way up to diamond. Of course, those at higher levels can enjoy more amenities.
Midas Hotel and Casino
Boasting contemporary style and glamor, Midas Hotel and Casino is a 4-star hotel located along Roxas Boulevard. With 225 rooms with top-of-the-line furnishings (including Egyptian cotton bed linens), this hotel is all about luxurious comfort. However, if you’re feeling lucky, hit the Midas Casino. They offer reciprocal membership rewards, which is great if you’re also a member in other casinos. In addition, if you love slot machines, you’ll also love Midas Casino’s multi-link jackpots so you can win even bigger prizes. Of course, you can also try your hand at table games like roulette and pontoon.
City of Dreams Manila
City of Dreams Manila is another integrated resort and casino complex located in Entertainment City, Parañaque. It features three high-end hotels, Hyatt Regency, Nobu, and Nuwa, which together offer938 luxurious rooms. Their casino is equally impressive, with 289 game tables, 176 electronic game tables, and a whopping 1,620 slot machines. You can join the Melco Club for free, then earn points and benefits as you play in the casino and stay in the hotels. For VIPs, the Li Ying Club offers high-stakes gaming in baccarat and roulette, with some of the biggest table limits in Asia.
Playing in a casino and gambling in general have a bad reputation, perhaps due to the horror stories of those who’ve become addicted and suffered huge financial losses. However, as long as you know your limits and practice responsible gaming, it won’t hurt if you play a game or two occasionally. So go ahead and try your luck. You might just hit the jackpot!