Online casino developers have created casino games for every taste and preference of player. Online pokies remain the most played games online and hundreds of different versions and styles of these great games can be found across the web. The bright, rich graphics of video pokies are a particular favourite, as are the traditional pub style fruities and for players looking for a big win, progressive and MegaSpin pokies boast the biggest jackpots online.
Other popular online casino games include the classic roulette game available in several different versions, blackjack available in many forms, poker, baccarat, keno and more. Casino-style entertainment such as bingo, scratch cards and royal derby horse racing is also enjoyed by players who seek an authentic gaming thrill!
Gambling in New Zealand: A Bit of History
New Zealand’s original and oldest form of gambling is horseracing, a sport that came along with colonialism in the country’s formative years. Up until 1951 one could only gamble at the racetrack. 1951 is significant because this when TAB emerged. Horse racing emerged in 1835 and in 1951 TAB became the country’s sole betting operator. In 1933 the country hosted its first lotto draw and many years later in 1991 slots, aka pokies, came onto the scene.
The number of these machines grew exponentially and today, just physically speaking, there over 16 000 located outside actual casinos in roughly 1 300 locations. Online casinos have certainly played their part in making gaming easier and more convenient for its Kiwi clientele. According to the Gambling Act of 2003, New Zealanders are not allowed at play at online casinos that are based in the country but can play at ones offshore.
Free Play and Big Wins with Online Casino Games
Online casino games offer a great advantage over traditional land based casinos as they can be enjoyed at absolutely no cost and with no obligations. All top online casinos offer players the choice of playing casino games for free as well as for real money, but remember if you want to stand a chance to win one of the great jackpots on offer or reap the rewards of your gaming, a deposit is required to make this happen. Players who make a deposit and play for real money are also in for a treat with generous casino bonuses awarded on sign up and thereafter as loyalty rewards. Enjoy all the best casino games and experience the ultimate in online entertainment!
Popular Casino Games
Each and every online casino that we endorse makes use of casino software provided by a reputable producer. This means that you’ll get to play games from the world’s foremost leaders on the subject. Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, Realtime Gaming, Random Logic, BetSoft – these are some of the software producers that supply games to our online casinos and depending on which one you sign up with, will determine which games you’ll get to play.
Choose JackpotCity and get access to hundreds of Microgaming powered titles including popular casino games like Game of Thrones™, Avalon II: The Quest for the Holy Grail, Hounds Hotel and Bridesmaids™ Online Video Pokies. Opting for a venue like Casino.com means getting access to Playtech powered games and some of the best superhero themed pokies games around like The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers and Spider-Man: Attack of the Green Goblin Video Pokies.
Choose to join up with Vera & John Online Casino and you’ll get a whole combination of popular casino games coming your way due to the fact that this establishment stocks games from at least five different casino software producers. Thus you’ll have access to a whole plethora of titles including hot ones like Aliens, Scarface, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Gonzo’s Quest Online Video Pokies.
Online Slots (Pokies) Games
The most popular and the easiest of the lot, online slots games, also known as pokies, are fun and by far require the least effort from an intellectual standpoint to profit from. This is because all that’s really required is that you click on the spin button and wait for a random outcome. This core summary of what online slots games are about does of course give way to the fact that many have more than one payline, many have advanced graphics and bonus features and there are hundreds from which to choose. Suddenly they’re not that simple anymore.
The majority of these pokies games have a payout ratio that varies between 96 and 98 percent and when it comes to mastering them there are really only two things you can do. The first thing is to learn the rules of the game. Find out what your powerful symbols are and what they do. The second thing you can do is manage your bankroll. This is of the utmost importance because pokies take time. The possibility of hitting a win on your first spin is possible, but in all likelihood you will need to spin for quite a while before you start seeing any returns. As you might find yourself behind the machine for a while, you must have a bankroll that’s up to the challenge.
Roulette – Online, Live & Mobile
Roulette has always carried an air of class and this mainly due to its legacy and its origin within the French royalty. Today there exists mainly two kinds – American and European. Of the two, European roulette is the better and more popular one because its house edge is lower. At the core, the aim of roulette is incredibly simple. Place a bet or bet on the number you think will win. It’s a long shot but if you win, you get paid 35 to 1 and that is nothing to scoff at. Then of course there are the outside bets with their pretty decent odds and their 2 to 1 payouts, not to mention the red or black bets with a success rate of 48.65%. When one looks at these facts, it soon becomes clear as to why roulette is so popular. With our New Zealand casinos you can play roulette as online roulette on your PC, mobile roulette on your smartphone and as live roulette on both devices. Live roulette is the latest version of the game and gives you the game in real time while affording you the convenience of still not having to go to a land-based casino.
Blackjack – Online, Mobile & Live
Blackjack is right up there with pokies as one of the most popular casino games in New Zealand. Often referred to as 21, the premise of blackjack is quite simple – beat the dealer by getting to 21 first or end up having a stronger hand than the dealer. Our operators offer the game on all three major platforms – online, mobile and live. Online blackjack refers to the version you’ll play on your PC while mobile blackjack can be enjoyed on smartphones and tablets. The latest version of the game is live dealer blackjack and it is the by far the most realistic version because it is just that – real. It gets broadcast live from a television studio and through video streaming you play as if you were sitting at a table in a land-based casino. In addition to the platforms, you can also choose different forms of blackjack, each with a slight variation. Blackjack also allows you to do things like splitting and doubling down – thus upping the excitement and the possibility of coming out tops.
Baccarat & Craps
These two casino games round up all the table action that you’ll be able to get in on once you join on our prestigious online casinos.
Baccarat is often considered to be an elite casino game, a reputation gained through movies and other forms of pop culture. It’s also quite a simple table game and one that won’t take long to grasp. All it involves is the player and the dealer and you deciding on who you think will win. While the game is easy to grasp the rules are a bit of a different story and it would do any new comer a great deal of good to first try the game in the practice play mode before moving onto the real money challenge. You can enjoy this stylish game on your PC as online baccarat or on your smartphone as mobile baccarat and finally as the real thing thanks to live dealer baccarat.
Craps is truly one of the oldest games of chance around. The modern day version is a highly refined one – a far off version of what it was when it emerged during the Crusades when the dice were made from bone. Craps has a fair amount of rules, so be sure not to take your endeavours in this game lightly as it could cost you. The best thing to do is to play in practice mode and acclimatise yourself. The advantage of playing craps is that is has one of the lowest house edges around. This is not applicable to all the bets, but to two of the major ones – Pass Line and Don’t Pass Bar. If you’re into craps you can enjoy it on your PC as online craps, on your smartphone as mobile craps and as live dealer craps for a game that takes place in real time.