Post16 FiveSlotMachines - SkyCity Online Casino for Kiwis

The SkyCity Entertainment Group have announced a partnership with Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) to launch a new online casino aimed at Kiwis. According to BestNewZealandCasinos.com the online casino will he owned by a subsiduary of SkyCity Entertainment Group that will be based in Malta.

New Zealand Online Gambling Law

New Zealand’s Gambling Act of 2003 does have a provision related to online gambling. The act itself states.
Section 9(2)(b) of the Gambling Act 2003 prohibits remote interactive gambling. The definition of remote interactive gambling includes “gambling by a person at a distance by interaction through a communication device.
Communication devices can be defined as:

  • Computers
  • Telephones
  • Smart Phones
  • Tablets
  • Radios
  • TVs
  • or similar devices
  • Prohibited Gambling

    Gambling is prohibited and illegal unless it is:

    1. authorised by or under this Act and complies with this Act and any relevant licence, game rules, and minimum standards; or
    2. authorised by or under the Racing Act 2003 and complies with that Act and any regulations made under it; or
    3. private gambling.

    The following types of gambling are prohibited and illegal and are not authorised by and may not be authorised under this Act:

    1. Bookmaking
    2. remote interactive gambling

    Exceptions to the rule

    Remote interactive gambling does not include gambling by a person in New Zealand conducted by a gambling operator located outside New Zealand.

    This is the reason that SKYCITY Malta ltd was created in Malta. It was to allow SkyCity to accept New Zealand casino players. Even though SkyCity Entertainment Group is located in New Zealand and operates SkyCity Auckland, the subsidiary that owns the casino will be based outside of New Zealand, making it completely legal for it to service Kiwis

    Will SkyCity Online Casino be able to advertise?

    It is unlikely that SkyCity will be able to promote its online casino to its existing player player base as the law clearly states:
    Advertising overseas gambling is prohibited under section 16 of the Gambling Act 2003. An overseas gambling advertisement is any communication that publicises or promotes gambling, or a gambling operator, when that gambling, or operator, is outside New Zealand. It is also any communication that is reasonably likely to induce people to gamble outside New Zealand. Section 16 makes this an offence under the Gambling Act and carries a fine of up to $10,000.

    More Information on the casino

    Best New Zealand Casinos has an excellent review and detail on what products and features will be available at the SkyCity Online Casino.

Post27 ManHoldingSmartphone 920x425 - Important Things to Look Out for when Gambling Online

The Gambling Act 2003 does not allow remote interactive gambling as stated in Section 9(2)(b). The law defines remote interactive gambling as “gambling by a person at a distance by interaction through a communication device.”

The section also defines communication devices to be computers, telephones, cellphones, radios and/or similar devices. An example would be when you sell lottery tickets online and this also includes casino websites operating within New Zealand.

However, the law also provides some exceptions. Like sales promotions in the form of the lottery but sales promotions that are not in the lottery will fall under the remote interactive gambling prohibition.

The remote interactive gambling law is only for New Zealand and does not include gambling being conducted in other countries. So, a Kiwi player who plays over the internet on a website that is based in other countries will not be violating the law.

It is important to note that players will be subjected to the laws of the country where the website is operating.

There is also the danger of getting your personal information exposed by fraudulent websites or phishing sites. There are many of these sites and most of them will look and feel very legal to those who will not take the time to investigate.

It is always best practice to research the websites first before engaging them or before sharing your personal information. Research their licenses and certificates and check the governing bodies of those certificates to validate them.

Ministry of Health’s Involvement in Legal Gambling

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It is also important to note that most Kiwis who enjoy online gambling are betting on websites that are operating in other countries. The Ministry of Health has been working hard for many years helping individuals that have developed mental/emotional problems due to gambling.

Gambling-related health issues have a large provision under the New Zealand Medical Laws. New Zealand has always been one of the world’s advocates in providing free medical healthcare.

They have also been working hard on providing guidance to casino establishments and betting establishments to guarantee that gamers are protected and educated from the harmful effects of gambling but they can do little when some gamblers are doing their betting on websites that are outside of New Zealand.

The Gambling Act of 2003 has a hefty fine for those caught participating in unauthorized gambling. Fines can reach $10,000 for individuals and organizations can be fined up to $50,000 so it is best to just follow the laws governing gambling to avoid problems.

Post18 TwoMenPlayingPoker 920x425 - 2 Benefits of a More Lenient Gambling Law in NZ

Gambling goes back to the Palaeolithic Age, the time where man was still not able to record history. And so, we could confidently say that gambling has been a part of human culture and development for thousands of years.

In other parts of the world, gambling is legal and an important part of society. Places like Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Macau are places where gambling plays a very important role. And they provide more than just entertainment.

Big casino companies build resorts that create jobs and opportunities to their communities.

For example, there was a time not long ago when Las Vegas was nothing more than a big piece of land with nothing but sand. Macau was nothing more than a sleepy port two centuries ago.

When gambling houses became popular and business became lucrative the area around simply grew with it.

Growth in Tourism

Post18 PeopleWalkingOnStreet - 2 Benefits of a More Lenient Gambling Law in NZ

So, in 1961 when gambling laws here in New Zealand became more lenient sports betting also grew and that also encouraged the development of better sports arenas. Horseracing was the first sports betting that was allowed here and gambling helped in its growth.

When the other sports gain popularity and betting became allowed it made the games more exciting.

Sports like Aussie football, cricket and tennis started to develop and their growth followers and popularity has increased tax revenues and helped the communities where these teams are based.

Increased Tax Revenue

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To date, there are 33-horseracings events in New Zealand with about six land-based casinos, several football teams and tennis arenas.

There are also several big casino companies that are looking to build and develop more resorts however the government is making sure that growth of the industry is managed well.

But we cannot take away the fact that sports betting and casino gambling has helped New Zealand in terms of tax revenue, development and in creating job opportunities.

The good thing about New Zealand despite its strict approach to gambling is that they value privacy. In countries like the US for example, privacy belongs to the second tier when it comes to its value, while in New Zealand, the privacy of its citizens or the individual is being carefully looked upon.

In recent years there has been an increase in support to make privacy a right of an individual which is important for people who are into gambling.

Gambling is a personal sport and for as long as the individual is not causing any damage or affecting the lives of his friends and relatives in a negative way then his/her personal information should be protected.