19 Nov 2019

Hamilton casino applies to add pokies, remove tables

From Checkpoint, 6:21 pm on 19 November 2019

In what is a first in New Zealand, a casino is applying to increase the number pokie machines it has in return for closing down some table games.

SkyCity's Hamilton casino wants to add 60 machines to replace three black jack tables.

It says this is to satisfy public demand, particularly at busy periods, but critics say it will just fuel problem gambling.

Andrew McRae has been at the Gambling Commission's hearing in Hamilton.