Real Money Casinos – NZD pokies, blackjack, roulette
STOP. You have reached this website because you are looking to gamble at an online casino. Real Money Casinos is a website by New Zealanders for New Zealanders which is dedicated to providing you with everything you need to know about the iGaming industry and how to stay safe while gambling online.
The team at Real Money Casinos includes an ex-online casino manager, a professional poker player and a content team of experienced writers who have worked in the industry for years.
We only recommend casinos with multiple deposit methods for the NZD currency. They must be licensed in a respected jurisdiction, have 24/7 customer support, have strong security measures and, of course, a great selection of games by respected software providers.
Our No.1 rule at Real Money Casinos is: Only recommend websites at which we have personally played and had a good experience.
Best online casinos for New Zealanders
When you are choosing to gamble at an online casino, one of the main things you must consider is their deposit options. Do they cater for residents of New Zealand? Do they accept credit card or the deposit method you wish to use?
Secondly you want to check out where the casino is based. There are highly respected countries that license online casinos and enforce strict regulations through organisations such as eCOGRA and the UK Gambling Commission.
The best casinos to play at use software from respected providers, such as Microgaming, Playtech, BetSoft, NetEntertainment and Playfors. These software providers, like the casinos, are forced to abide by regulations. For instance, all Random Number Generators (RNGs) are tested by independent bodies, to make sure the results are fair.
Deposits & withdrawals at real money casinos
When you want to deposit in NZD at online casinos it should be easy. You can do it via methods including credit/debit cards, web wallets, bank transfers and money wires.
Depending on which casino you are gambling at, the process to deposit cash at an online casino should be simple. As a general rule you visit the cashier or banking section of the casino and choose the deposit method you are after.
From here you will be prompted through the process for the selection you have chosen. Instant deposit methods include credit and debit cards and web wallets. Unless you have an exceptionally high credit limit on your cards or virtual wallet, you may have to do a bank transfer if you want to deposit a large sum.
Bank transfers can take up to 48 hours to be processed which, in our books, could be a good thing if you cannot afford what you are depositing. It may give you time to reconsider.
Real money casino games
Online casinos have everything a land-based gambling establishment does. You can begin with a pokie, graduate to roulette and finish with a few hands of blackjack. Did we mention the latter game could be via a live video feed?
Pokies: If there is one thing Kiwis love, it is pokies. Online pokies are no letdown. There are 3- and 5-reel pokies, 3D slots, video pokies and any other type of spinning-reel game you can think of. The payout rates for online pokies are generally better than for their land-based counterparts.
Blackjack: The No.1 game played against the dealer at casinos is available in both RNG and live dealer format at most reputable sites. Every version of blackjack under the sun is available. A few of our favourite online titles are Pirate 21 and standard Las Vegas Rules, which is available at Microgaming live-dealer casinos.
Roulette: From 50 cents upwards you can bet on the inside, while we have found tables with minimum $1 bets on the outside. Obviously high-rollers are catered for as well, with live dealer and RNG-based games available to play for New Zealand residents.
Baccarat: Baccarat is hugely popular among high-limit players, largely because of the low house edge. Online you will find versions of baccarat in live dealer and RNG format which are suitable for those of us who don’t want to be in the thousands. This is a nice contrast from the SkyCity Auckland, where you struggle to find a table for under NZD $50 a hand.
Poker: While you can play Casino Hold’em and other versions of poker at online casinos, there are many popular dedicated poker websites at which to play. The variety between casinos and poker websites includes Texas Hold’em, Razz, 5 Card Stud and Omaha.
New Zealand law and online casinos
New Zealanders are legally able to play at online casinos. Laws were passed in 2003 which say no new online casino can be based out of New Zealand, but do not confront the issue of us gambling at international casinos.
While there are no online casinos based out of New Zealand, there are literally hundreds based out of places such as Malta, the UK, Costa Rica and the Isle of Man. We are legally able to play casino games at these licensed websites for real money.
Several inquiries have been announced into the impact of online gambling in New Zealand, but there has been little to no action on bringing in any further restrictions. We will be watching this situation closely and providing readers of this website with the latest.