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New Zealand – SkyCity forced to close in Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown

New Zealand casino company SkyCity is being forced to close its Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown casino and entertainment facilities due to an increase in COVID infections. SkyCity’s Auckland hotels will remain open to accommodate existing guests currently staying in-house, pending further advice from the New Zealand Government. The operator said: “These measures have been implemented…

New Zealand – SkyCity Entertainment able to drop COVID restrictions in Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown

SkyCity Entertainment’s casino in Auckland will be able to return to normal operations this week, joining venues in Hamilton and Queenstown where social distancing and the wearing of masks are no longer needed. The operator said: “The SkyCity Auckland property will be able to operate without restrictions on mass gatherings and physical distancing requirements from…

New Zealand – SkyCity becomes first casino to launch Lucky 6 in New Zealand

New Zealand casino group SkyCity Entertainment plans to roll-out Lucky 6, a baccarat side bet, to its gaming floors in New Zealand and Australia. It will be the first operator in New Zealand to offer Lucky 6, a side bet where the players wins if the banker draws a winning total of six. It pays…

New Zealand – SkyCity staff to strike in Auckland over pay for ‘unsociable hours’

Over 850 members of staff at New Zealand operator SkyCity have voted to strike in Auckland in the hope it will convince the operator to pay more for working unsociable hours. Almost 900 of the casino’s employees are members of Unite Union with 97 per cent voting for strike action from August 31 to September…

New Zealand – Interblock to bring stadium gaming to SkyCity Auckland

Interblock is to install a stadium-style gaming experience and six additional electronic tables at SkyCity Auckland, bringing a total of 67 electronic table game seats to the casino floor. The landmark deal is the first of its kind for Interblock, offering all-new ETG solutions to SkyCity Auckland’s players. SkyCity’s upcoming installation will include a product…

New Zealand – Problem Gambling Foundation cries foul as Health Ministry looks elsewhere

New Zealand’s Problem Gambling Foundation is being forced to shut its doors after losing government funding because it was vociferous in its opposition to the convention centre for pokies deal, according to Labour’s Internal Affairs spokesperson Trevor Mallard. SkyCity will spend NZ$363.5m to build the conference centre and will be granted 230 extra slots to…

New Zealand – Auckland’s SkyCity reports chewing gum slot scam

Auckland’s SkyCity casino has revealed how a player used chewing gum to jam poker machine cash slots before returning to help himself to other players’ winnings. According to local police, Paramasiven Moodley, 51, went to Auckland’s SkyCity casino on July 9 and placed a ‘chewing gum type substance’ over the coin-out device to prevent any…

New Zealand – Auckland gambling data proves key to drugs bust

Unusual gambling activity logged by New Zealand operator Sky City in the VIP lounge of Sky City Casino has helped police to a record drugs haul that could have created over $120m of the drug methamphetamine. New Zealand’s leading operator has said it has been fully compliant and that it has co-operated fully with the…

New Zealand – Problem Gambling Foundation claims casino slots are more dangerous

New Zealand’s Problem Gambling Foundation has told the Commerce Select Committee looking at the Sky City deal that would bring more casino games in exchange for the construction of the New Zealand International Convention that slot machines in casinos are more likely to lead to cases of problem gambling. If approved, the New Zealand International Convention Centre…