Gambling is a favorite pastime for lots of people but not everyone can go to a real live casino for different reasons. Now with technology, you can play your favorite online casino game in the comfort of your home or anywhere you can get access to an Internet connection. New Zealand’s love their pokies. New Zealand is liberal when it comes to the casino industry so there are a couple of great casinos in the country and gaming machines and video poker machines (also known as pokies) peppered around the bars, pubs, and clubs all over New Zealand.
There are over 80% of New Zealanders who gamble online every day, which makes the online gambling industry a very lucrative one. New Zealand might be liberal but there are laws that govern gambling and casino activities. When it comes to online games, the piece of legislature that governs how online casinos are required to conduct themselves is the Interactive Gambling acting of 2001. According to this Act, web-based companies based in New Zealand cannot offer real-money interactive games to actual residents. It also makes it illegal for New Zealand based online casinos to advertise real money services, but it does not stop operators from operating on the global platform. According to this act, people are free to access gaming services provided by online casinos.
In an effort to protect local citizens, but not be too restrictive to a multi-billion dollar industry, the interactive act of 2001 does not outlaw all kinds of web-based gambling operations. New Zealand has land-based casinos like Adelaide Casino, Casino Canberra, Country Club Casino, Crown casinos and entertainment complex, Crown Pert casino, Crown Sydney, Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino, Lasseters Hotel Casino, Sky City Darwin and the prestigious, high-roller The Star Casino. These casinos are located in major cities and town, which means the majority of the 80% of New Zealanders playing casino games do it online. There are 5 major online casino sites that New Zealanders subscribe to:
1. Spin Palace Casino –
Spin Casino was established in 2001 and is a favorite amongst pokie players. The casino offers other games and different ways to play them like Blackjack, roulette, and live-dealer games. It has a variety of games and easy apps to download on your smart devices so you can play wherever you are. It pays out almost 5NZD millions daily, making it the highest paying online casino in New Zealand.
2. Ruby Fortune –
Ruby Fortune has been operating since 2003. It has over 650 casino games and pokie machines. It has a generous sign-on bonus of $750. It is powered by Microgaming and can be played on Android and iOS devices. As part of Microgaming’s progressive jackpot, the payouts are huge. The jackpot prizes can go up to $9,000,000 on a single pokie machine!
3. Jackpot City Online –
This casino is probably one of the earliest online gaming sites created. Jackpotcity has won multiple Best Online Gaming award and keeps growing and improving. It has a variety of games from pokies to poker, Blackjack, Baccarat even Bingo and Keno and lots more. In total, the casino has over 450 games and over 300 pokie machines making it one of the most diverse online casinos in New Zealand.
People play online pokies to make a couple of grand. Most people believe that the big money is in games like Live Poker Baccarat or Blackjack but there is also a lot of money to be won on pokies. Just ask the New Zealanders player who won $10,423,223 playing Mega Moolah at Spin Palace Casino. This is how a few hours of fun can change one person’s life – another reason why online gambling has become so popular.