Category Archives: Land Based

News from New Zealand’s Land-based casinos.

25th Anniversary Promotion for NZ Lotto

A 25-year anniversary is a big even for anyone, and the New Zealand lottery wants to celebrate its quarter-century anniversary in style. This weekend, the NZ Lotto will be hosting an exciting event, giving away $7.5 million worth of cash prizes to some very lucky players. As part of the promotion, the NZ Lotto is…

Construction on Hamilton Casino-Hotel Begins

$35 million will be spent on the construction of a new luxury hotel above SkyCity Hamilton. For months, developers have been working hard to get their plans approved and now they finally have the go-ahead. Now, the construction date has been set, as work on the new hotel will begin at the end of the…

SkyCity Banks Big Win From High Rollers

SkyCity derives a large portion of its revenue from high roller gamblers, and the pursuit of their dollars has certainly paid off. According to recent reports, high rollers at SkyCity casinos across New Zealand and Australia wagered an astounding $3.8 billion. This incredible statistic nearly doubles the wagers made by high rollers at the casino…

12.6% Profit Increase for Sky City

Sky City has seen its fair share of problems lately. In addition to a failing self-exclusion program, the company has been in the news a number of times for quite a few scandals. However, this has not affected its profits, as Sky City reported a 12.6% increase in profits during the past year. This is…

DIA To Investigate NZ High Rollers

High rollers are gamblers that spend millions of dollars at local casinos, and local gambling operators enjoy their patronage. However, the Department of Internal Affairs is not as pleased, believing that there is the possibility that money laundering and other crimes are taking place in local casinos. The DIA has noticed a trend, which sees…

All-Time High for Queenstown Snowfest

Queenstown is normally one of the busiest stops in PokerStars’ New Zealand Poker Tour competition. 2012 turned out to be the most active NZPT Queenstown in history, with nearly 150 runners in the main event. 149 professional and amateur poker players turned up to compete in the event. This year’s number of participants is a…

Nelson Football Won’t Take Pokies Money

The city of Nelson has been working hard to secure a New Zealand Football Club license, giving the city the right to launch two new teams. Mayor Aldo Miccio, who is confident that his city will receive a license, has stated that the clubs will not take money from poker machine profits as funding. “There…

Olympic Kiwis Taunted by Australia Betting Agency

Despite their close proximity, Australia has a bitter rivalry with us when it comes to sports. While bookies are readying themselves for an influx of wagers during the 2012 London Olympics, one Australia betting firm is busy finding new and creative ways to insult our athletes. According to Betstar, New Zealand is unlikely to win…

SkyCity Hamilton’s Pensioners Bus Comes Under Fire

SkyCity Hamilton offers a twice weekly bus service for pensioners who want to visit the casino. Many seniors take advantage of the bus service, looking for something fun and exciting to do during the week. However, not everyone likes the idea of a casino bus service for pensioners, and the NZ Problem Gambling Foundation has…

Major Upgrade for SkyCity Hamilton

SkyCity is working hard to ensure that players are treated to a world class gambling experience. As such, the operator has be working on some exciting new upgrades for its Hamilton location, which will include a new luxury hotel at gambling venue. The new hotel will be quite unique, sitting on top of the casino…