Have you ever been to PAGCOR Davao? Curious about what’s going on inside this 24-hour casino in Davao City, Mindanao? If you haven’t yet, then allow this little write-up series to be your friendly, handy little guide of sorts to Casino Filipino Davao.
Mindanaoan thought of writing this series because I know that there are still a lot of Pinoys out there who shun from casinos and betting stations. I am, however, in no means advocating gambling. I just want to share with you all how life is inside a casino, what you can see in PAGCOR Davao, what you can do in a Casino Filipino branch and how you can avail of freebies be they be food, bets, chips, tokens, concert tickets etc.
First of all, a little backgrounder. PAGCOR or the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation operates 13 PAGCOR branches and 25 exclusive PAGCOR Clubs. In fact, there’s another PAGCOR branch in Davao located at the Apo View Hotel but it’s a VIP Club. PAGCOR branches can be found in major cities across the country and these are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
PAGCOR DAVAO branch meanwhile is located at the Grand Regal Hotel in Lanang, Davao City, Philippines
How to get to PAGCOR Davao Casino Filipino – you can take a cab and just tell the driver to proceed to Grand Regal Hotel. From the airport, the hotel is around 5 minutes away. From the city proper, it’s about 15 minutes away. You can also take jeepneys that pass through the LANANG route.
You must be at least 21 years old before you can enter the premises. You must also wear decent clothes and you should not wear slippers (it doesn’t matter whether or not your pair of slippers is worth thousands, the casino personnel will not allow you to enter).
Other people who are not allowed to enter this Philippine casino – army and police personnel and government officials.
If you plan to bring a cellular phone and it has a camera, a casino personnel will place a sticker over the camera slot. You will then be forbidden to take that sticker off while you’re inside the casino. Yup, no picture taking allowed!
You can also leave some of your things at the counter. You can’t bring along phone chargers and mp3 players. You must leave those at the counter. Of course, you’ll be given a tag for the items you left at the counter.
Now here’s my first tip: proceed to the CONCIERGE counter (it’s just a few steps away from the entrance) and apply for your Casino Filipino Privilege Card. You will need this if you want to avail of freebies later on 🙂 Don’t worry, this privilege card is totally FREE. All you need to present is one valid ID. A PAGCOR employee will take your photo on the spot and within seconds (literally!), you’ll get your very own spanking brand new Casino Filipino PAGCOR Privilege Card. As soon as you get your card, request the counter personnel to have it SWIPED across a reader near the entrance. Alternatively, you can also swipe your own card yourself.
Everytime you visit Casino Filipino Davao, you must swipe your card so that you will earn points. You can use those points to avail of free food and other stuff.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where I’ll share what you can find in PAGCOR Davao, where you can play, how you can play and more tips on how you can maximize your visit.
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