|A Philippine ISP is planning what it believes will be a winning combination of Internet technology and gore-frenzied butchery, with the launch of an online betting site devoted to cockfighting. |
Philweb, the Philippine internet service provider, said it wants to take its slice of the huge cockfighting market in a country where it’s all about having the hardest cock, apparently.
'With the popularity of cockfighting in the Philippines, we are extremely optimistic about the potential of this new format,' Philweb chairman Roberto Ongpin, said in an announcement to the Manila stock market.
Philweb, operator of Philippines-based online casinos and sports betting sites projects potential annual revenues of 60 million pesos ($1 million). Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., the state gambling regulator, said it hasn't yet given its backing to the plans.
Cockfight fans were divided in their opinions about online cockfight betting. Some were willing to give progress a chance, whilst old skool bird fight fanciers think the online experience will never replicate the simple, visceral thrill of watching two dumb birds rip each other to shreds with razors.
The true cockfighting fan, said Mon Medina, just has to be there. Medina is a full time car rental manager and part time fowl fight freak. 'I have to go to the cockpit to choose whom I'll bet on. It's a very different feeling, the thrill in the cockpit,' says Mon.
'Cockfighting has a very big market,' said Oscar Rivera, operator of an off-track horse racing betting office in Manila. 'It appeals to a wider audience than horse racing.'