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High Stakes in Manila - 23 Jun 2014
When paying your final respects to 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.

Making wagers at games such as sakla, the Philippine 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.
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Gamblers make hand signals before the start of a cockfighting bout known locally as "tupada" at an illegal...
Manila, Philippines
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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. 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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
An audience watches a cockfighting match at an arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines March...
Angeles, Philippines
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An audience watches a cockfighting match at an arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines March 11, 2015. 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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Politician Carmelo Lazatin, a cockfighting aficionado, poses with his cockfighting trophies and awards...
Angeles, Philippines
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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. 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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Kristo, a bet caller, shouts at gamblers at a cockfighting arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines,...
Angeles, Philippines
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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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June 23, 2015
A gambler who lost a cockfighting bet, pays his wager inside an arena in Angeles city, north of Manila,...
Angeles, Philippines
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A gambler who lost a cockfighting bet, pays his wager inside an arena in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines March 11, 2015. 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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Neon signs at government-owned Fontana Casino and Casino Filipino are pictured in Angeles city, north...
Angeles, Philippines
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
The Solaire Casino building (bottom R), and neon signs at government-owned Fontana Casino and Casino...
Angeles, Philippines
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Casino dealer trainees practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila,...
Manila, Philippines
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Casino dealer trainees practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
A casino trainee demonstrates how to play a slot machine at Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila,...
Manila, Philippines
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A casino trainee demonstrates how to play a slot machine at Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
A casino financier wearing rings and with painted fingernails, counts money she collected from a gambler...
Angeles, Philippines
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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. . REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
A casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila,...
Manila, Philippines
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A casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Trainee casino dealers practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila,...
Manila, Philippines
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Trainee casino dealers practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 23, 2015
Women play bingo inside a house in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines March 1, 2015. Bingo, both...
Manila, Philippines
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Residents play mahjong in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Manila, Philippines
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Residents play mahjong in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Women play a Russian poker card game in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Erik...
Angeles, Philippines
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Women play a Russian poker card game in Angeles city, north of Manila, Philippines, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
Bets on an illegal numbers game are pictured in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Erik...
Manila, Philippines
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Bets on an illegal numbers game are pictured in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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.REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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June 23, 2015
A gambler watches horse racing on television in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Erik...
Manila, Philippines
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A gambler watches horse racing on television in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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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. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE FDAY
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