Author Archives: fraser

Fraser has worked in the online gambling industry for 10 years and he keeps up to date with all the latest news and views.

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…

Auckland casino sees increase in trade from China

Originally Posted on Sunday Jan 9 12:41:00 GMT 2011 SkyCity casino in Auckland has seen a massive increase in trade from high rollers visiting from China. The Chinese are known for their interest in gambling, and SkyCity hopes to keep attracting main land China punters. Already there has been an agreement reached with Air New…

NZ bans advertising of poker tournament

Originally Posted on Wednesday Dec 15 14:37:00 GMT 2010 A battle waged recently in New Zealand over advertising of the Asia Pacific Poker Tournament. The High Court ruled that the advertising of the event promoted overseas gambling and that this was in direct violation of New Zealand’s Gambling Act. Many players enter the APPT by winning…

Online pokies are a favourite in New Zealand

Originally Posted on Monday Nov 15 3:37:00 GMT 2010 It is well known that New Zealanders enjoy gambling. All the main New Zealand cities have a large, Vegas style, casinos, and every city right down to small town, has clubs and pubs with pokie machine rooms. Pokies are a huge part of New Zealand culture. In…

The number of online gamblers increases in New Zealand

Originally Posted on Monday Oct 25 3:36:00 BST 2010 A recent study conducted in the UK indicated that online casinos and gambling was more popular than social networking sites, which is indeed a surprising conclusion. There has been an amazing 40% growth in the number of people visiting online gambling sites. One interesting outcome from…

Kiwis spending big money on overseas online casinos

Originally Posted on Monday Sep 20 6:08:00 BST 2010 New Zealanders and Australians are spending large amounts of dollars on overseas internet gambling sites. Having a bet is part of a New Zealander’s way of life, and Kiwis and Australians are reckoned to be some of the world’s highest users of the internet both for work…

New Zealand racing clubs and gambling

Originally Posted on Sunday Aug 29 12:37:00 BST 2010 The reputation of some of New Zealand’s racing clubs has been somewhat tarnished of late, with only 16% on New Zealanders having a positive impression of racing and wagering. The concerns mainly surround how some clubs have used the revenue raised from pokie and gaming machines….

New Zealand sinking lid policies on pokies and sports grants

Originally Posted on Saturday Aug 21 3:46:00 BST 2010 Some areas of New Zealand have already adopted a sinking lid policy on gaming machines, with other areas currently considering similar proposals. The sinking lid policy is an attempt to reduce the number of pokie machines, by not allowing any venue which closes to transfer their pokie…

Aggressive promoting of online gambling sites

Originally Posted on Sunday Aug 15 1:36:00 BST 2010 Although online gambling casinos are still illegal in the US, as they are here in New Zealand too, one large gambling operator is the US has started an advertising campaign in newspapers and on TV. They clearly want to be ahead of the game, if, as…

New Zealand casino refuses to pay out jackpot

Originally Posted on Tuesday Aug 10 4:04:00 BST 2010 A land based casino in Auckland, New Zealand, is refusing to pay out a jackpot of $44,000. Apparently around 6 years ago a 22 year old man asked the SkyCity Casino to exclude him and his girlfriend, presumably because of problems with gambling. The jackpot winner…