The spend on gambling is on the increase in New Zealand. The casinos in NZ have enjoyed an increase in visitor-spending for the year to June, thanks to tourism numbers reaching record highs, and the economy remaining in good condition.
The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs reports an increase of 2.6% in terms of gambling spend, an amount reached after the consideration of changes in inflation and population. The tourism boom helped to push casino spending up by roughly 11%, along with the improvements being made to casino machines, and the higher income rates being reported.
More money is being spent by players and bettors from New Zealand thanks to TAB bets and Lotto tickets being available online and at checkouts, too. The year to June totals reported for sports betting and TAB racing revealed an increase of 5.3%, thanks to players being provided with additional betting options. The lottery enjoyed an increase as well, by 4%, and this is likely due to the fact that Lotto draws are taking place twice a week now, and the promotion of Big Wednesday will also have made an impact. New Zealanders are spending around NZ$600 per year on gambling entertainment.
Online casinos aimed at players from New Zealand report that the most popular, and commonly found, gambling games include online pokies, or slots, blackjack, video poker, roulette, baccarat and craps. The heightened safety and security of internet gambling, along with the obvious convenience factor, contribute to the increase as well.
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