Online gambling grows in NZ

Originally Posted on Monday Nov 16 0:00:00 GMT 2009

Online gambling has grown in the recession, helped along by smoking bans in casinos across the world.

Everyone seems to be offering bigger and better incentives to gamble online and it all seems so tempting, but everyone should be aware of gambling addictions.

Gambling online should be a safe and fun experience, but there is no getting away from the fact that gambling online can become a problem.  Statistics show that the problem is high in Hong Kong and the USA, with Britain following quite closely.  Whereas this is not such a problem in New Zealand.

There are many things to remember when gambling online, wherever that may be, the UK, USA, Australia or New Zealand.

1. Gambling a little is fine.

2. It should never be an investment.

3. It should be fun.

4. Always stick to a limit of time and money.

5. Never try to win back losses.

6. Make sure this is not your only interest.

7. Never gamble because you’re bored.

Wherever you are, online gambling is on the increase, so enjoy it and quit whilst you are ahead.

Many people in many countries are enjoying the freedom online gambling gives them.  So, New Zealanders, give it a try, but make sure it is a fun experience.

Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup Result

Originally Posted on Saturday Nov 14 0:00:00 GMT 2009

In Saturday’s Group 3 Christchurch New Zealand Cup the favourite galloper My Scotsgrey ran home to victory in front of an army of enthusiastic supporters.

He was ridden by Leith Innes and this win marked a hat-trick of wins for the horse.

The race did not go entirely to plan as Innes was further down the field than he would have liked, but he managed to get away from the main group of horses at the right moment and make his way to front.

My Scotsgrey is trained by Shaun Ritchie who has always thought that he was an excellent 2 mile horse.

Being only a 4 year old he has a great future ahead of him.

The Christchurch Casino New Zealand is a prestigious race, sponsored by the Christchurch Casino.  The betting was intense, with My Scotsgrey proving a worthy favourite.

Gambling on New Zealand harness racing

Originally Posted on Monday Nov 2 0:00:00 GMT 2009

The Manawtu Harness Racing Competition in New Zealand has attracted much attention.

New Zealand’s junior driver Simon Lawson had six wins at the meeting, proving he is a horseman to keep an eye on.

Lawson became a junior driver only last season, and since then he has won 15 races and been placed an amazing 25 times.

This weekends great wins have pushed Lawson to only 2 wins short of the Top Ten drivers in New Zealand.

He is placed third in the Junior Drivers Premiership, only one win behind his rival Nathan Williamson.

Harness racing has always been a popular sport in New Zealand and offers a great opportunity for people to place their bets, as well as having an exciting day out.

Smoking ban in NZ casinos

Originally Posted on Sunday Nov 1 0:00:00 GMT 2009

Reports that a smoking ban in New Zealand and Australian casinos will greatly affect revenue within the casinos could be good news for online casinos.

The ban which starts on January 2 in Australia is expected to cut revenue within the casinos by 10 – 15%.

This is already apparent in New Zealand where the smoking ban is already in force and casinos have seen a drop in their revenue of 10 – 12%.

Although measures are being taken, such as refurbishment and general improvement of facilities for gamblers, to raise the revenue within the casinos, progress has been slow.

There seems to have been no corresponding drop in the number of people using online gambling sites in New Zealand.  In fact numbers of people using the sites is expected to continue to grow.

New Zealanders Gamble Less on Pokies & Grant Funds Get Smaller

Originally Posted on Friday Oct 23 0:00:00 BST 2009

Some people may say the that the fact that gamblers in Tauranga and Western Bay, New Zealand are gambling less has got to be a good thing – it seems that the gamblers have reduced their pokie spend by 5% in 2009 – however it does seem that there is a negative impact to these changes in gambling habits.

The community schemes and projects that get grant money from the proceeds of pokie gambling are starting to get less because of the reduced spending and this is at a time when spending on any type of community funding is shrinking anyway.

New Zealand’s gambling habits, it seems, does have great benefit to the community and this is something that we would not want to reduce too much.

If online gambling were to be properly regulated perhaps some revenue earned from online casinos could be channeled into these worth projects…

Popularity of Online Casinos

Originally Posted on Friday Oct 2 0:00:00 BST 2009

Over the past few years, the popularity of online casinos has been spreading like wildfire. Since 2006, both online and land-based gambling has been generating nearly $91 billion per year, with land-based casinos accounting for most of the profits. However, in more recent years, online casinos seem to be pulling ahead, due to a variety of factors. Additionally, with the great strides being made in online gaming technology, these online casinos are getting even closer to replicating the land-based casino experience.

The biggest draw of online casinos is the convenience that is provided to players. Casinos are not very common structures, usually confined to gambling capitals like Atlantic City and Las Vegas. This usually means that gaming fans have to travel fairly far to get to a decent casino. Players must plan the trip, rent a car (or book a flight) and travel across the country just to be able to play their favourite casino games. With online casinos, the casino is brought to you. There’s no travelling involved so you don’t have to spend money on gas. This way, you have an extra $50 to spend on slots, roulette, blackjack or any casino game of your choice!

Secondly, online casinos are fully customizable to suit your needs. You can deposit money using the currency you are most comfortable with, you can adjust the audio and visual settings and you can pick exactly which games you would like to play.

This is perfect for beginners who simply want to get their feet wet, offering a low-pressure alternative to going to a land-based casino. This is also great for veterans, who want to try rare games. Many land-based casinos are selective about the games that they offer, but at online casinos, you can find virtually any game!