Chooks-to-go Pilipinas is now a professional 3-on-3 basketball league after gaining professional status from the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).
GAB Chairman Baham Mitra broke the news about the league to the press last week in an online press conference. Mitra told the media, “We’d like to announce that in the board meeting of the Games and Amusement Board yesterday (Tuesday), we have accepted the interest of Chooks-to-Go 3×3 to turn professional,”.
PRO STATUS 🏀
The Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league has gained professional status from the Games and Amusements Board ahead of plans to start its second season in September. | @jonastsinelas @manilabulletinhttps://t.co/Gzw4Y2DCRA
— Manila Bulletin Sports (@mbsportsonline) July 30, 2020
The 3-on-3 basketball league saw a quick rise to the professional level after its creation last year. Part of the reason for the new basketball league is to qualify for the event, which will be held at the Tokyo Olympics.
The professional status will also give Philippine basketball players another route to follow their sporting goals. While the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is the second oldest professional basketball league in the world only after the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the USA, the 3-on-3 league will offer something different for basketball fans. Chooks to go League Commissioner Eric Altamirano said that he believes Filipinos will excel in the new basketball league because 3-on-3 basketball isn’t as dependent on height.
Betting on basketball is legal in the Philippines, but betting on domestic events is not offered by brick-and-mortar sportsbooks located throughout the country. For basketball lines, most PH bettors turn to offshore sportsbooks that have betting lines for the PBA or the NBA.
It is unclear when Chooks-to-go Pilipinas will garner enough attention for offshore sportsbooks to begin offering betting lines on games and competitions. Still, there will likely be numerous betting lines for the sport at the Tokyo Olympics.
Joshua Munzon (pictured above) is currently one of the ten pro 3-on-3 basketball players in the country; he stated that turning the league pro is a step in the right direction. Other professional 3-on-3 players include Alvin Pasaol, Dylan Ababou, Karl Dehesa, Santi Santillan, Jaypee Belencion, Chris De Chavez, Ryan Monteclaro, Gab Banal, and Leo De Vera.