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Is Bingo Popular in New Zealand?

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Previously, bingo was thought to be popular in the UK where the British have adopted this game as an integral part of their life. This social game has expanded its popularity chiefly in other countries including New Zealand. The online bingo version has, actually, proved to be popular in the online gaming industry with tight competition among the software developers providing complete gaming solutions.

In New Zealand, although the pokie has been recognized as an attractive form of gambling entertainment amongst casino enthusiasts, bingo has also been noticed to be the most played social game there. So, is this game invading the Kiwis' iGaming market?

The Online Bingo Popularity

After the approval of the gambling niche in New Zealand, remote interactive gambling is still forbidden in this country. The legalization was followed by the national lottery in 2008 that can be run on the internet. Nonetheless, it doesn't mean that the players are also prohibited to register at foreign sites. On the contrary, they are legally allowed to use bingo sites based outside the New Zealand territory.

Actually, the bingo websites have always been seductive among Kiwi players and it is almost impossible to not see this game in the online gaming brands. What's more, with the technology proliferation, the competition within this sector has become fierce and the software developers provide more appealing games to catch more and more players.

Added to other thrilling games, internet bingo is both exciting and lucrative as it permits aficionados to enjoy the complete experience of the hall without moving from the comfort of their own homes. Some variants can also offer big gains leading to the popularity of this game. The original version is still winning the heart of the players but other bingo variations have become reputed in the iGaming market. Some of them include 75 Ball, Joker Bingo, Deal or No Deal Bingo, and more.

The Origin of Bingo in New Zealand

According to the story, the bingo game first appeared in Italy in the mid-1500s under the name of "Il Gioco del Lotto". This game's popularity broadened in other European countries including Great Britain and France. In the UK, this game was previously known as "Housey-Housey" and became more attractive chiefly since the online version appeared in 1996.

In New Zealand, bingo is known as Housie and the operators who want to run businesses related to this game must respect the game's rules. The well-known pastime is governed by the Gambling Act of 2003 and in accordance with the Gambling Act Game Rules 2004.

With the main goal to promote safe and responsible gambling, the Kiwis are ensured that they play in a secure and legal environment. The favourite bingo variant there is 90 ball bingo but the 75 and 80 ball bingo variations are also seductive among the players.


Bingo has become an integral part of the Kiwis' culture and it is therefore not strange if this game is called Housie. The bond between the New Zealand-based players and the Housie is strong making this game of pure chance among the new games on the online bingo site.

Although the game of choice is the 90-ball bingo, different types of online versions have also become more popular in the online gaming market. New Zealand is a country that shows interest in innovation and since people there have acquired online gambling activity, it can be said that bingo is one of the most famous games there.

Despite the strict regulations regarding this hobby, a large choice of online bingo platforms is available and they are often packed with interesting offers. The future of the Housie will be bright thanks to the release of new technologies and the stringent laws to protect the players from possible gambling-related harm.

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