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NZ pokies bounce back surprises with record spending

New Zealanders spent a record amount on pokies in the final quarter of the year in the country's pubs and clubs, showing significant pent up demand after the first-half closures and surprising government officials.

NZ pokies spend hit record in latest quarter

The amount of money spent on pokies in New Zealand hit a record $252 million in the three months to December, the highest since records began in 2007. The figures relate to spending outside of casinos.

NZ sees jump in gambling spend post lockdown

New Zealand saw a surge in gambling expenditure after the lockdown, spending $252 million on non-casino pokie machines, the most since the Department of Internal Affairs began keeping records in 2007.

NZ council seeks pokie expansion instead of “sinking lid” policy

Problem gambling groups in New Zealand are opposing attempts by a local council to change its "sinking lid" policy on pokie clubs in order to be able to approve new venues on a case-by-case basis.

New Zealand pokie community grants not being paid out

Millions of dollars in New Zealand pokie proceeds are sitting idle in the bank and not being distributed as community grants, due to legal changes pushed through in relation to the pandemic.
Slot machines in Australia

Covid-19 closures not enough to break problem gambling habits

There has been no major change in those experiencing gambling problems since the Covid-19 pandemic, with a short-term improvement during the closures not persisting once venues reopened, according to a study by the University of Sydney.

Auckland Council votes to keep the lid on pokies

Auckland Council has voted to keep its sinking lid policy for pokie machines in the region. Deputy Chair Josephine Bartley said it was the only option the council had to prevent new pokie machine venues from opening.
NSW may move toward mandated cashless pokies

Victor Dominello: NSW’s evangelist of digitization

Victor Dominello, 53, is the New South Wales Minister for Customer Service. His portfolio includes oversight of gambling in the state, and he is shaking up the pokies industry with bold initiatives.
NSW may move toward mandated cashless pokies

NSW may move toward mandated cashless pokies

Patrons of poker machines in the state of New South Wales may soon be required to register for government-issued gambling cards and to be...
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NZ pokies association slams gambling cost report

The Gaming Association of New Zealand has criticized a report released this week that claims the gambling sector is costing industry millions, saying it is a serious misrepresentation of the facts.
life after pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
Asia Gaming Briefings, april 2021

Asia Gaming Briefings – April 2021 Edition

In this April edition of Asia Gaming Briefings we take the pulse of how the North Asia jurisdictions of Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East have fared.
Agbriefings February 21

Asia Gaming Briefings – Feb 2021 Edition

The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.