New Zealand

A former casino manager of New Zealand’s SkyCity Casino in Hamilton has been sentenced to seven years in prison for embezzling nearly NZ$2 million from the company.

New Zealand-based casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the retirement of its group chief operating officer, John Mortensen, effective December 31, 2017.

An increase in spending on pokies in New Zealand’s clubs and bars, despite a shrinking number of venues, has baffled industry regulators.

 

An increase in spending on pokies in New Zealand’s clubs and bars, despite a shrinking number of venues, has baffled industry regulators. The government commissioned independent research to look into various factors that might be influencing the trend and though the results were far from clear cut, one takeout appears to be the introduction of Stand Alone Progressive Prize (SAPP) machines.



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With problem gambling firmly in the spotlight in Asia as Japan prepares its casino legislation, new research from New Zealand claims the harm from gambling is almost double that of drug use, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia combined.

Casino operator SkyCity Ltd, which operates casinos and hotels in Australia and New Zealand reported a lacklustre results in the fiscal year 2017.

Plans to levy foreign bookies taking bets on local sports and racing events in New Zealand are moving forward, according to local sources.

Gambling venues in New Zealand are getting better at helping problem gamblers, but need to do more, says New Zealand Internal Affairs’ Director of Gambling Compliance, Gareth Bostock.

SkyCity Entertainment Group chairman Chris Moller has announced his retirement from the board, effective on December 31, 2017.

New Zealand’s SkyCity Entertainment won an unfair dismissal case against a casino worker fired for authorizing a payment of more than $300,000 to a player, local media reports.

OpenBet and Paddy Power Betfair have been selected to deliver technology solutions and supporting data for the New Zealand Racing Board’s fixed-odd betting business.

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