Interactive gambling scene in New Zealand

Originally Posted on Monday Aug 1 15:11:00 BST 2011

The online gambling scene in New Zealand is developing in a similar way to any unregulated market, with many people feeling that it is out of control. Although online gambling is against the law in the country, there does not appear to be any move afoot to either regulate or legalise it.

As mentioned in the last blog this has not stopped the Lottery Commission from launching new ways to gamble on the internet.  This has been met with considerable concern by many who feel it will only perpetuate problem gambling.

Although much discussion has been generated by this latest move by the Lottery Commission, the bigger issue of the regulation of online casinos has not even been touched on.

It is well known that Kiwi players gamble on offshore online casinos, with some even accepting New Zealand dollar deposits.

As the world has become a much smaller place as a result of the internet it is hard to see how any such regulation could be very effective.

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