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USA-IMMIGRATION/MEXICO
RTXJ8CHA 
October 29, 2021 
Migrants rest in a jai-alai court as they take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Acacoyagua,... 
Acacoyagua, Mexico 
Migrants rest as they take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Acacoyagua 
Migrants rest in a jai-alai court as they take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Acacoyagua, Mexico October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril 
USA-IMMIGRATION/MEXICO
RTXJ8CH9 
October 29, 2021 
Migrants rest in a jai-alai court as they take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Acacoyagua,... 
Acacoyagua, Mexico 
Migrants rest as they take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Acacoyagua 
Migrants rest in a jai-alai court as they take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Acacoyagua, Mexico October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBJG 
February 05, 2019 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Anglet, France 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBHN 
February 05, 2019 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet,... 
Anglet, France 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet,... 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet, in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBHL 
February 05, 2019 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet,... 
Anglet, France 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet,... 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet, in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBHK 
February 05, 2019 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Anglet, France 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBHJ 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player holds a pelota, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France,... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player holds a pelota, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France 
A Jai Alai player holds a pelota, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBHF 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta... 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBHD 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, with a pelota during a Cesta Punta match... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, with a pelota during a Cesta Punta match... 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, with a pelota during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBH2 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBGZ 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBGY 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the... 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBGQ 
February 05, 2019 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Anglet, France 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Jai Alai players play with their chisteras, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBGM 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta... 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBGF 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet... 
A Jai Alai player plays with his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBGB 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the... 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBG9 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta... 
A Jai Alai player jumps high with his chistera, a large wicker glove, for the pelota during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
SPORT-PELOTA/
RTX6LBG1 
February 05, 2019 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, with a pelota during a Cesta Punta match... 
Anglet, France 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, with a pelota during a Cesta Punta match... 
A Jai Alai player holds his chistera, a large wicker glove, with a pelota during a Cesta Punta match in Anglet in the Basque country, France, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 
PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HPAY 
June 23, 2015 
Gamblers make hand signals before the start of a cockfighting bout known locally as "tupada" at an illegal... 
Manila, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
Gamblers make hand signals before the start of a cockfighting bout known locally as "tupada" at an illegal arena in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 21, 2015. Cockfighting has a long history in the Philippines, dating back years prior to the country's Spanish colonisation in 1521. It remains a hugely popular form of gambling. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HPAU 
June 23, 2015 
A neon bar sign in a Las Vegas casino is pictured in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines May 22,... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
A neon bar sign in a Las Vegas casino is pictured in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines May 22, 2015. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modelled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HPAM 
June 23, 2015 
Politician Carmelo Lazatin, a cockfighting aficionado, poses with his cockfighting trophies and awards... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
Politician Carmelo Lazatin, a cockfighting aficionado, poses with his cockfighting trophies and awards at his mansion in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines March 7, 2015. Cockfighting has a long history in the Philippines, dating back years prior to the country's Spanish colonisation in 1521. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HPA8 
June 23, 2015 
Neon signs at government-owned Fontana Casino and Casino Filipino are pictured in Angeles city, north... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
Neon signs at government-owned Fontana Casino and Casino Filipino are pictured in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines, in this combination picture taken May 22, 2015. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modeled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HPA7 
June 23, 2015 
Kristo, a bet caller, shouts at gamblers at a cockfighting arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines,... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila
Kristo, a bet caller, shouts at gamblers at a cockfighting arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines, March 11, 2015. Cockfighting has a long history in the Philippines, dating back years prior to the country's Spanish colonisation in 1521. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HPA2 
June 23, 2015 
An audience watches a cockfighting match at an arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines March... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila
An audience watches a cockfighting match at an arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines March 11, 2015. Cockfighting has a long history in the Philippines, dating back years prior to the country's Spanish colonisation in 1521. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HPA0 
June 23, 2015 
A gambler who lost a cockfighting bet, pays his wager inside an arena in Angeles city, north of Manila,... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
A gambler who lost a cockfighting bet, pays his wager inside an arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines March 11, 2015. Cockfighting has a long history in the Philippines, dating back years prior to the country's Spanish colonisation in 1521. It remains a hugely popular form of gambling. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP9R 
June 23, 2015 
The Solaire Casino building (bottom R), and neon signs at government-owned Fontana Casino and Casino... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
The Solaire Casino building (bottom R), and neon signs at government-owned Fontana Casino and Casino Filipino in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines are pictured in this combination picture taken May 22, 2015. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modelled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP9L 
June 23, 2015 
A casino trainee demonstrates how to play a slot machine at Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila,... 
Manila, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
A casino trainee demonstrates how to play a slot machine at Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 16, 2015. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modelled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP9I 
June 23, 2015 
A casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila,... 
Manila, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
A casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modelled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP9C 
June 23, 2015 
Casino dealer trainees practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila,... 
Manila, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
Casino dealer trainees practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modelled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP98 
June 23, 2015 
Trainee casino dealers practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila,... 
Manila, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
Trainee casino dealers practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modelled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP94 
June 23, 2015 
A card dealer shuffles a deck next to his son during a local version of poker known as "pusoy", in Angeles... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
A card dealer shuffles a deck next to his son during a local version of poker known as "pusoy", in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines, May 22, 2015. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP90 
June 23, 2015 
A casino financier wearing rings and with painted fingernails, counts money she collected from a gambler... 
Angeles, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
A casino financier wearing rings and with painted fingernails, counts money she collected from a gambler only moments before, in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines, May 25, 2015. Financiers normally loan money with high interest rates to gamblers inside casinos. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modelled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP8U 
June 23, 2015 
Gamblers play a Spanish card game known locally as "sakla" in an underground casino in Malabon, Metro... 
Manila, Philippines 
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Gamblers play a Spanish card game known locally as "sakla" in an underground casino in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 21, 2015. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP8N 
June 23, 2015 
Residents play cards near a coffin during a funeral wake in Paranaque city, Metro Manila, Philippines... 
Manila, Philippines 
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Residents play cards near a coffin during a funeral wake in Paranaque city, Metro Manila, Philippines April 23, 2015. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP8I 
June 23, 2015 
Women play bingo inside a house in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines March 1, 2015. Bingo, both... 
Manila, Philippines 
Wider Image: High Stakes in Manila 
Women play bingo inside a house in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines March 1, 2015. Bingo, both legal and illegal, is one of the more popular forms of sports betting in the Philippines, attracting rich and poor alike. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP8A 
June 23, 2015 
Women play a Russian poker card game in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines, March 6, 2015. When... 
Angeles, Philippines 
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Women play a Russian poker card game in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines, March 6, 2015. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP85 
June 23, 2015 
A gambler writes his horse racing bet on a piece of paper in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March... 
Manila, Philippines 
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A gambler writes his horse racing bet on a piece of paper in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. Horseracing yields one of the more popular forms of sports betting, both legal and illegal, in the Philippines. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP81 
June 23, 2015 
Men play basketball on a makeshift court while gamblers look on in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines... 
Manila, Philippines 
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Men play basketball on a makeshift court while gamblers look on in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. Basketball presents one of the more popular forms of sports betting, both legal and illegal, in the Philippines. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP7V 
June 23, 2015 
Bets on an illegal numbers game are pictured in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 21, 2015. When... 
Manila, Philippines 
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Bets on an illegal numbers game are pictured in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 21, 2015. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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RTX1HP7S 
June 23, 2015 
Residents play mahjong in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. When paying your final respects... 
Manila, Philippines 
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Residents play mahjong in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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RTX1HP7N 
June 23, 2015 
A gambler writes down his horse racing bet ouside a gambling joint in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines,... 
Manila, Philippines 
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A gambler writes down his horse racing bet ouside a gambling joint in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 21, 2015. Horseracing is one of the more popular forms of sports betting, both legal and illegal, in the Philippines. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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RTX1HP7J 
June 23, 2015 
A teenager places bets on a numbers game along a road in San Fernando city, north of Manila, Philippines,... 
SAN FERNANDO, Philippines 
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A teenager places bets on a numbers game along a road in San Fernando city, north of Manila, Philippines, March 7, 2015. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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RTX1HP7E 
June 23, 2015 
A gambler shows coins used in a local illegal game called "Kara Y Kruz" in Quezon City, Metro Manila,... 
Manila, Philippines 
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A gambler shows coins used in a local illegal game called "Kara Y Kruz" in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines February 21, 2015. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE FDAY

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP7B 
June 23, 2015 
Youths play a form of pool on a carom board in Las Pinas city, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 25,... 
Manila, Philippines 
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Youths play a form of pool on a carom board in Las Pinas city, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 25, 2015. Pool and billiards, both legal and illegal, provide some of the more popular forms of sports betting in the Philippines. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP76 
June 23, 2015 
A gambler watches horse racing on television in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. Horseracing... 
Manila, Philippines 
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A gambler watches horse racing on television in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. Horseracing is one of the more popular forms of sports betting, both legal and illegal, in the Philippines. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP74 
June 23, 2015 
Roosters fight during an illegal cockfighting match known locally as "tupada" in Quezon City, Metro Manila,... 
Manila, Philippines 
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Roosters fight during an illegal cockfighting match known locally as "tupada" in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 1, 2015. Cockfighting has a long history in the Philippines, dating back years prior to the country's Spanish colonisation in 1521. It remains a hugely popular form of gambling. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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PHILIPPINES-GAMBLING/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1HP6Y 
June 23, 2015 
Children watch a round of spider betting in Las Pinas city, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 25, 2015.... 
Manila, Philippines 
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Children watch a round of spider betting in Las Pinas city, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 25, 2015. Spider betting, both legal and illegal, is one of the more popular forms of sports betting among schoolchildren in the Philippines, attracting rich and poor alike. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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MIAMI VOTE
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March 08, 2005 
Miami resident Adelfa Gonzalez holds a brochure trying to inspire voters to vote for ballot referendum... 
Miami, USA 
Miami resident shows a brochure promoting slot machines at a polling vote place in Miami. 
Miami resident Adelfa Gonzalez holds a brochure trying to inspire voters to vote for ballot referendum eleven, which would give permission to the gaming industry to install slot machines at racetracks and jai-alai frontons in the Florida counties of Miami-Dade and Broward, in Miami Beach, March 8, 2005. Voters will decide today whether to permit the Las Vegas-style slot machines. The gaming industry has promised to devote hundreds of millions of dollars each year from their slots revenue to the state's education budget. REUTERS/Carlos Barria CB 
PHILIPPINES JAI-ALAI
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June 22, 1999 
Filipino and Spanish jai-alai players raise their hands and scoop-like baskets at the start of games... 
Manila, Philippines 
FILIPINO AND SPANISH PLAYERS RAISE THEIR HANDS BEFORE THE GAMES IN MANILA. 
Filipino and Spanish jai-alai players raise their hands and scoop-like baskets at the start of games in a 2,600-seater fronton in central Manila June 22. The fronton was renovated at a cost of one billion pesos by two firms which formed a joint venture with state firm Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Jai-alai, a kind of handball played with a basket strapped to the wrist, resumed in the country June 22 after about a decade of absence as it was banned by the government due to the gambling associated with the popular sport.

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