All About Pokies

Gambling in New Zealand is the responsibility of the Department of Internal Affairs. The interesting part of gambling in New Zealand is that in the case of public gambling, a portion of all profits made by operators are required to go back to the community. With that said, most of the industry is owned and operated by state owned organizations or institutions. Billions of dollars are spent by players on gambling each year both online at places like JackpotCity and offline at physical pokie machines.

One big part of the industry is what is known commonly as “pokies” which to the rest of the world are known as slot machines. These pokies are normally found in hotels and bars and are operated by charities or charitable organizations. The jackpots and amount of money that you can win on these machines is regulated. The ratios are relatively favourable. For example, in 2008, of the 10.1 billion dollar turnover, 9.1 billion was returned as prizes. Pokies are accountable for almost 50% of gambling expenditure. The expenditure has decreased overall.

New regulations have now laid out requirements that all machines must include Player Information Displays which tells a player what they have spent, how long they have been playing and also offer healthy reminders like when and how frequently to take breaks. This helps keep players gamble in a healthy and productive way and mitigate risks associated with gambling such as addiction, financial loss, and mental health issues.

These slot machines or pokies actually have been linked to crime levels and rates and therefore can be considered a contentious or controversial topic by some. Despite this however, since 2013, SkyCity Auckland has been given the green light by the government to install over 230 pokie machines as well as 40 new gambling tables with the hefty price tag of a convention centre worh around $400 million dollars.