Just as the old joke goes about men’s social clubs that there is no champagne in the champagne room, in New Zealand, home to 6 physical casinos, there are no New Zealand sites that offer online gambling in New Zealand, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. However, that doesn’t mean that if you live in New Zealand, you need to travel a few hundred kilometers to get your gambling fix on. New Zealand neither restricts people from playing at online casinos nor does it restrict a player from depositing money or collecting winnings, none of which by the way, are taxable in New Zealand. As long as the website does not originate from the borders of New Zealand, the government is indifferent. With no interference from the government, New Zealanders are perfectly free to spend their estimated 2 million New Zealand dollars as they please with any casino that welcomes them, and with so much money at stake, plenty of casinos are opening their doors to Kiwis everywhere.
Here we’ll discuss several great physical casino alternatives, but before getting into it, first a word of caution. There is no universal body regulating online casinos. There are agencies such as eCongra which generally attest to the fairness of the casino games, but realistically, as long as a country such as Costa Rica or Curacao allows an online casino, there is very little regulation that takes place. There are, however, two places on the planet, the UK and Malta which have gaming commissions regulating online casinos. Unfortunately, New Zealanders are blocked from playing online casinos licensed solely by the UK gaming commission. Which leads Malta as the alternative. Malta does not regulate as closely as the UK does, but is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority pretty much ensures a Kiwi will be getting a fair deal. Any other casinos are suspect, and what can and frequently does happen is that Casinos that either self-regulate or are licensed in places such as Panama or Costa Rica will happily accept your money, but when it comes time to withdraw your winnings, they declare you ineligible to play or make up some other kind of excuse why you don’t deserve payment. Avoid this problem by:
- 1. Finding a casino that accepts New Zealand Dollars
- 2. Find a casino that is licensed in Malta.
Before you consider sending funds to any online casino, read carefully their terms and conditions and their FAQs to be sure as a Kiwi, you are a welcome player.
Jackpot City Casino
Jackpot City has over 630 games, mostly powered by Microgaming. There are slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, baccarat, and roulette as well as all kinds of poker games. Jackpot City is monitored by eCongra, which means the casino is totally legit. There are over 17 different ways to deposit Jackpot City including using credit cards, and there are a remarkable 21 different ways you can receive your winnings. With several hundred slots machines and live games going on all of the time, Jackpot City may be one of the best casinos for Kiwis to try. With live chat to resolve customer issues, Jackpot City is very responsive to customer service issues. One minor problem which can’t be escaped in the online casino world is that payouts may take anywhere from 2 to 6 days to be fully verified. Jackpot City is also mobile-friendly, which is great if you want to play a game or two during lunch. No need to download a special app. The website is optimized for both desktop and mobile play. There is a maximum withdrawal limit of $4,000 per week, but it can be increased at up to $10,000 per day for VIP members.
Another popular online casino for Kiwis is Spin Casino. Spin Casino is another Malta-licensed casino, having been in operation for 21 years. The spin casino has 520 slot machines and lives dealer games at Poker, blackjack, baccarat, and roulette. Note that Spin City is also certified by eCongra, so that is your key that they run a tight and honest casino. There are 11 ways to deposit funds with Spin Casino, and 10 different ways to make a withdrawal. Withdrawal speed is typically 1-2 days. Both Live Chat, E-mail and phone are available for customer support. Android, iPhone, Tablet, Windows-Phone, Desktop are supported and on mobile, Spin city is crisp and clear.
Being two years old Dream Vegas may be new to Kiwi players. The casino echoes the Vegas experience online. While Dream Vegas is new, it certainly makes up for things in size, boosting over 1,000 slots and table games, with over 700 being slots. But 300 table games is enormous. Another thing that Dream Vegas does right is that they have games from over 80 different developers. There are six different ways to make a deposit and to receive a withdrawal. Withdrawals typically take three days to process. Dream Vegas is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and welcomes New Zealand players who can make deposits and withdrawals in New Zealand Dollars.
Another popular online casino with Kiwis is Ruby Casino. Based in Malta, and operation for 20 years, Ruby Casino boasts 450 slots, and features live dealers in Poker, Blackjack, Baccarat, and Roulette, Ruby Casino is mobile-friendly and features numerous deposit or withdrawal methods. Withdrawals typically take 1-2 days, and both deposits and withdrawals can be made in New Zealand Dollars. Ruby Casino has an eCongra seal of approval, so you won’t get cheated here. Customer service is available by phone, E-mail, and Live Chat.