The vast majority of today’s New Zealand-friendly online casinos are in fact owned by foreign operators and they do NOT operate from within New Zealand boarders, which makes it perfectly legal for you to visit if you are based in New Zealand. You will find that most of these online casinos are licensed in reputable jurisdictions such as Alderney (by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission), by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision, in Gibraltar (by the Government of Gibraltar) or by the LGA (the Lotteries & Gaming Authority of Malta).
Many kiwi online casinos are also licensed in the Netherlands Antilles (in Curacao), in Kahnawake, or occasionally in Antigua & Barbuda. The ones that can’t really be trusted are either licensed in Panama or in Costa Rica, or they are unlicensed altogether. It wasn’t until 2003 when the Gambling Act 2003 was introduced and the reason this was implemented was to regulate & monitor remote interactive gambling in NZ. This legislation is often referred to simply as The Act.
Apart from a very limited number of gaming sites in New Zealand offered by Lotteries Commission and the Racing Board, remote interactive remains prohibited. If a player is caught playing in a gaming site which is based in New Zealand but is not authorised to operate, he or she can be fined by up to NZ$10,000 and an operator can be fined by up to as much as NZ$50,000.
At the time of writing, the only real options for New Zealanders are to place wagers on lotteries or racing & sporting events which are specifically provided by the state-run Totalizator Board (aka TAB) – unless, that is, you gamble in an online casino that operates from outside of New Zealand’s boarders. NZ gamblers can therefore place wagers at several remote sites that are regulated by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission (NZLC).
The online casinos that feature right here on this site are perfectly suitable for New Zealand players who are over 18 years old. They are powered by Microgaming or Playtech and they are completely legal to play at. You will NOT be breaking any NZ laws by playing at them in the real money mode. When you sign up to them, you must provide them with a recent copy of your driver’s license and/or passport and also a recent copy of a gas/electric bill with your current name and address on to prove that you are who you say you are.
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