Although James Bond movies have made casinos look like exciting, glittery and glamourous places where you can make lots of money, in reality, it’s not always going to work out in your favour.
Going to a casino is a form of entertainment, but can become harmful. You’re likely to spend more that you win, so it should never be counted on as a way to make money. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “the house always wins.” The house is geared to win in the long run because of a mathematical advantage (or the house edge) that the casino enjoys over the player. You may win on occasions, but continual gambling over time will result in losses for you, the gambler.
Let’s step inside a casino, find out how they really work and give you some tips to keep yourself safe.
Casino games – also called table games – can be played in a casino or online. Gambling activities may include card, dice and random number games played on a table. These are managed by a representative of the casino known as the croupier or dealer. Some of the best known games include poker, blackjack, baccarat and roulette. Casino games work by allowing customers to purchase chips and to bet these on the outcomes of a game (such as a round of poker) or an event (such as spinning a roulette wheel).
To learn more about casino games, including the difference between skill and chance-based games, visit our friends at Choice Not Chance.
In New Zealand, there are six casinos and, under the Gambling Act, new ones are prohibited. SkyCity operates four of the six casinos; one in Auckland, one in Hamilton and two in Queenstown. The Auckland casino is by far the largest, with approval to operate up to 150 table games, 1,877 gaming machines and 240 fully automated table games. SkyCity Casino in Auckland increased its gambling products up to the levels above pursuant to the New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013, which gives effect to the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement between SkyCity and the Crown.
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The responsibility for regulation of the gambling sector is shared between the Gambling Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Health.
The Gambling Commission is an independent statutory decision-making body established under the Gambling Act 2003. The Commission hears casino licensing applications, and appeals on licensing and enforcement decisions made by the Secretary of Internal Affairs in relation to gaming machines and other non-casino gambling activities. The Gambling Commission has the powers of a Commission of Inquiry.
Casino license conditions are published on the Gambling Commission’s website.