Kiwi Online Gambling Myths and Numbers

Admin. - April 20, 2009

Kiwi gamblers are not big spenders, and when they do play the games, they benefit from a few protective measures.

Turns out that Kiwi and Australian online gamblers are known to be big spenders. A closer look at the numbers proves that is not the case. In fact, they are on the lower end of the scale.

A University of Lethbridge study published numbers that have local online gamblers spending NZ$539 per month on average - a large amount indeed.

But one of the study's authors, Robert Williams, said: "Only the median values provide somewhat meaningful comparisons between the regions. Using this criteria, the Australia-New Zealand internet and non-internet gamblers have the lowest expenditures of any region."

The median values for Kiwi's is NZ$16, about a tenth of the media value for American gamblers.

Statistics New Zealand reports that Lotto is the most popular gaming activity at 86%. Gaming Machines (not in a casino) rank only sixth in popularity at 37%.

There are about 20,000 non-casino gaming machines in New Zealand.

Total spending on gambling in 2007/08 reached NZ$2.034 billion.

Once the player sits across the machine, he or she will find a new trend of player protection: Player Information Display.

Starting July 1, venues will have to pop a small screen warning players of the risk in gambling.




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