Aside from Pitmasters, one of GLife’s secrets is the mini-app, InPlay. InPlay is the first legal online casino in the Philippines and as such, they are regulated by PAGCOR. You can basically play in an online casino from within GCash.
The period before the pandemic we have had a burgeoning gambling scene in the Philippines. We can see the numerous casinos cropping up along Macapagal Blvd in Pasay City. It was only a matter of time before we see online versions of it. And during the surge of e-payments do we see the digital wave of this in the form of e-sabong and e-casino games.
What is InPlay.ph?
InPlay is the first PAGCOR accredited online casino in the Philippines. Basically, it allows you to play games of chance from your browser. The games offered are:
- Slots – similar to slot machines, mainly a luck-based game
- Arcade Games – requires a bit of skill aside from luck as these are similar to arcade machines like Pinball; some games you can play with others
- Table Games – include roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and poker; these are mainly played with/against other people
- Video Poker – you play poker against a machine instead of other players
- Sports Betting – allows you to bet on NBA, NFL, PBA, and football games
Normally to play you would need to register on the site and deposit funds separately, which takes time for players to prepare. Withdrawals are also manually done. However, InPlay is now integrated into GLife, which makes registering, topping up, and withdrawing funds easier for players as you can do these instantly from within the app.
How do I register?
Before you can register or play, you first need to be fully verified and over 21 years of age. GCash is strict with this as this is tied to BSP and PAGCOR regulations.
Once you go into the InPlay mini-app, it will be asking you whether you are an existing InPlay player. Select No and input your username and password. Take note that once your account is created, it is bonded to your GCash account. You cannot log in from another account using the same email address and phone number, even if you use an alternate account to do so.
Another thing to note is that there is currently no “Forget Password” functionality within the mini-app, as well as on the actual site. So it would be better to set a password that is easily remembered.
How do I top up?
Once you are on the main page, you can click on the Top-up button to choose how much funds you plan to put in your game wallet. For the first top-up, you need to put in Php 1000, then for subsequent ones, the minimum becomes Php 500.
Take note of the GCash monthly transaction limits as you may reach them, especially since topping up consumes your output limits. If you cashed in before you topped up, you would have also consumed your input limits in doing so.
How do I withdraw funds?
Similarly, from the main page, you can click on Withdraw and choose the amount you plan to transfer to your GCash wallet. Again, please keep in mind the GCash monthly transaction limits. In this case, you are consuming the input limit of your GCash wallet.
How do I play?
From the main screen, once you click on Play, you will be redirected outside of the GCash app into a browser. You will be able to choose what casino/game house you plan to play. You will need a steady internet connection to be able to play from the browser.
In my case, I wasn’t really a good poker player and I wasn’t comfortable doing any card games. So I chose slot machines. I chose one that was named “Ra’s Legend”.
As a start, it would be good to lessen the bet amount at first, since it’s set for Php 50 as a default. I set mine to Php 5 so that I could play longer. However, the rewards were also low because the stakes were the same.
I was able to play a while, and I got good results some of the time, but generally, it was obvious that the machines meant to win most of the time so you really need consistently good luck to excel.
We talked about creating an InPlay account and playing from inside the InPlay mini-app. Adding funds and withdrawals are simple, and lessen the friction of playing any casino game.
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