Author Archives: Bethany

Beth is a professional writer who specialises in online gambling. Originally from Canada, she has made New Zealand her adoptive home.

New Harm Minimisation Suggestions from The Greens

As Sky City and Prime Minister John Key continue to finalize the terms of their convention centre deal, responsible gambling advocates are becoming increasingly concerned about its effect on problem gambling rates. To help prevent a rise in problem gambling spending, The Greens have proposed some harm minimisation measures for SkyCity. “The Green Party intends…

Co-Founder Leaves Zynga

Another one bites the dust at Zynga. For the past few months, several executives for the social gaming site have left for greener pastures, and now co-founder Justin Waldron has decided to take his leave as well. “I am grateful to have had the chance to help build a company that touched so many people,”…

Greens To Stage Protest of SkyCity Deal

It is no secret that The Greens are opposed to the SkyCity convention centre deal. For months, the political party has argued that the deal is not only harmful to the local community but also that it was carried out in an unethical manner. This week, they will stage a protest of the deal by…

Positive Reaction To New Party Poker Software

Last month, Party Poker released a new software update to help correct a number of issues that had been plaguing players. Gaming industry experts doubted that the update could boost the company’s rating, but a recent report shows that Party Poker is attracting new traffic. When the new software premiered, poker professionals believed that it…

Internal Affairs Wants More From Pokie Grants

Submissions are now open for the Harm Minimisation Bill, and the Department of Internal Affairs wants to make some amendments to the legislation. In particular, Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain wants to increase the amount of money that poker machines donate to community organizations via gaming grants. At the moment, the moment amount of revenue…

Little Support For Queenstown Convention Centre Casino

Queenstown’s new convention centre will boost the city’s economy, and local politicians have considered the idea of building a casino on site. The gambling venue would simply be a location of the existing SkyCity Queenstown casino, but residents are still opposed to the plan. Relocating SkyCity Queenstown was proposed as a potential way to help…

New MMO Based On Casino Market

This month, Goldfire Games has released a new MMO called CasinoRPG. Allowing players to interact in a unique way, this game brings something completely new to the online casino market that has never been seen before. Social casino games certainly exist, but not in this capacity. Players can access online slots and online poker games…

Gambling Harm Minimisation Bill Passed

It has been an arduous uphill battle for MP Te Ururoa Flavell, but his Gambling Harm Minimisation Bill has finally been passed. The legislation that has been passed is a far cry from his original proposal, but he is optimistic about its potential effects on the local community. Shortly after Mr Flavell presented his bill,…

Sinking Lid Policy May Apply to All of Dunedin

The year, Dunedin’s city council decided to enact a sinking lid policy on poker machines in the south of city. The plan is beneficial because the area has one of the highest concentration of pokies in the country, but politicians are now wondering if the sinking lid policy should apply to the whole city. South…

Symposium Focuses on Gambling Effect On Children

On August 23, St John in the City hosted the Wellington Symposium, which focused on the effect that problem gambling has on the lives of young people. The event attracted a wide range of interested, and industry experts, gambling researchers and young people were in attendance. Jiroh, 11, and sister Jireh, 12, spoke at the…