Category Archives: Pokies

Poker machines are a way a life in NZ, they are fun to play but cause lots of social debate read about it all in this section.

Rumours Circulate About Removal of Lord of the Rings Slots

In the online casino world, Lord of the Rings online slots was one of the best games the market had seen in recent years. Designed by Microgaming, Lord of the Rings presented the online gambling market with a unique perspective on branded slots, using new technology to create an immersive online gaming experience. Now, it…

Man Sentenced For Pokies Grant Fraud

In New Zealand, a large portion of the profits generated by poker machines are used to fund charities across the country. However, one individual has taken advantage of the system, claiming more than $600 000 worth of pokies grants that he was not entitled to. Noel Henry Gibbons worked for the Manukau Bowl for three…

Christchurch Pubs Celebrate Being Pokie-Free

When it comes to entertainment in New Zealand, pokies have become a popular form of leisure entertainment and many clubs and pubs depend on the income generated by the machines to cover their operating costs. However, several venues across Christchurch have refused to host pokies as part of a new campaign called ‘Proud to be…

NZ Gambling Amendment Could Negatively Affect Charities

In the days following the re-introduction of the Gambling Harm Reduction bill, residents and politicians have expressed a great deal of support for the legislation. While most people are caught up in the positive aspects of the bill and what it means for problem gamblers, there are some downsides. Charities across the country are speaking…

New Amendment Could Jeopardize Sky City Deal

Last month, Sky City Casinos agreed to spend $350 million building a conference centre in Auckland in return for 350 – 500 new poker machines. However, a new bill has been introduced which could give the public more power decide to reduce the number of pokies in the community – and it could have dire…

New ‘All For One’ Pokies from IGT

IGT has released a new pokies game called ‘All For One’, based on the popular literary and movie characters The Three Musketeers. It is a 5-reel 100-payline poker machine which will see its debut in a wide range of clubs and casinos across the country. With 100 paylines, there are plenty of chances for players…

IGT to Release American Idol Slots

New Zealand-based gaming developer IGT has announced the release of a new American Idol slots game for the Facebook social gaming platform. While the television show is primarily popular in the North American market, the ‘Idol’ brand has international appeal, making it a great starting point for IGT’s foray into social gaming. The new American…

PlayTech Creates New Progressive Jackpot Format

Everybody’s Progressive is a new progressive slots game from PlayTech, offering players a unique new way to win progressive jackpot prizes. This new game allows most players to take home a share of the progressive prize. To qualify for the progressive prize, players must wager $50. If the jackpot is hit 24 hours within that…

Experts Combat Sky City’s Lottery Claims

When it comes to defending its decision to install 500 new poker machines at Sky City Auckland, the casino operator seems to be grasping at straws. To justify taking advantage of relaxed gambling laws (in return for building a new convention centre in Auckland), Sky City has claimed that the lottery does more harm than…

Cashless Gambling at Sky City

Sky City is asking for yet another perk as part of its deal with the city of Auckland to build a convention centre. While casino operator is already getting an additional 500 poker machines that will generate $75 million each year, Sky City is now asking for cashless gambling technology. Currently, at Sky City Auckland,…