1. Stick with Kiwi-friendly online casinos
Only choose online casinos that cater specifically to the needs of New Zealand players. See our list of such casinos
This means casinos that offer a wide range of games that New Zealand players like and also offer Kiwis the chance to play in NZD.
2. Do your homework
There are thousands of online casinos and not all of them are safe or reputable. Fortunately, there are a few checks that you can do before signing up with an online casino.
Ensure that the online casino that you are interested in is running safe, recognisable and reputable software. Top online casino software providers include:
Check for certain industry-recognised certifications that ensure that the online casino is audited, licenced and regulated by an international, professional and impartial body. Top regulatory bodies include:
- IMGSC (Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission)
- MGA (Malta Gaming Authority)
3. Make good use of the casino sign up bonus
Every online casino offers new players some sort of sign up or welcome bonus which may include extra cash added to your account or a free spins bonus to play pokies with. Shop around for the welcome bonus that suits you the best. A good place to start is with our top recommended casinos list.
Using these signup bonus offers is a great way to get a leg up with the online casino and will help you to build up a decent bankroll. You must, however, be very aware of the casinos' specific playthrough or wagering requirements. In most cases, the casino will expect you to wager before allowing you to withdraw any winnings. Always read the T’s & C’s very thoroughly.
4. Try your hand at progressives
Progressive jackpot pokies like Mega Moolah or Major Millions offer the chance to win massive jackpots. Progressive slots are part of a network across many participating casinos and are very exciting to play.
5. Be your own accountant
In order to have a good chance at doing well at an online casino, it is vital that you manage your playing money very carefully. Never spend more than you can afford to and always keep a log of how much you’ve spent and how much you’ve won.
6. Incorporate free games into your strategy
Almost every casino offers their games in a demo mode format so that potential players can get an idea of what the games are like. This is a great way to find new games or to develop a strategy or put in some practice, risk-free. You can also find heaps of free pokie games on our site.
7. Only bank with secure casinos
Before you deposit any money with an online casino, ensure that they offer secure banking. This includes the use of the latest SSL (Secure Socket Layer) digital encryption, the same type of software used by banks.
8. Pick the coin size that’s right for you
All online slots offer different coin sizes to suit different playing budgets. It is a good idea to pick the coin size that best suits your current budget. Some players prefer to choose a smaller coin size and then pick the maximum number of paylines to give a better chance of winning.
9. Decide between low or high volatility
Before choosing which type of slot to go with, decide what your goals are. Do you want to win on a regular basis or do you want to win a big once-off payday? High volatility machines won’t pay out often but when they do you could win millions. Low volatility machines will pay out more often but much smaller amounts.
10. Remember to have fun!
This might sound like a rather redundant point but you wold be surprised how often players forget to have fun. It is all too easy to get caught up in strategies and forget that one of the main reasons to play online pokies is to have fun!