NZ land-based pokies wagering is down

Originally Posted on Saturday Jan 29 14:20:00 GMT 2011

Since 2007 the Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand has been monitoring all non-casino gaming machines through electronic monitoring (EMS).  In this way they are able to keep track of gambling operations.

So, according to the latest data to be released, there has been a drop in gambling in 2010 in New Zealand, as compared to 2009.

It seems that fewer people are playing the pokies in pubs and clubs, and usage is down by around 3%.

This cause of the decrease may be down to the fact that fewer licenses are being granted, meaning that there are not so many gambling events held, and that overall there are less gaming machines available for punters.

However, the decrease in land-based gambling is not reflected in the same way with internet gambling.  Many people are now simply staying at home and using the many overseas based online casinos.  As the use of these casinos cannot be monitored, due to online casinos not legally being allowed to operate within New Zealand, there is certainly evidence that online gambling activities are generally on the increase, and this is another reason why revenue in land-based operations is dropping.

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