About Us - Meet The Team At OnlineCasinos.co.nz

If you’re just visiting this site for the first time, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves. We’re not one of these sites that hides away from readers – instead, we’re a site that stands by our opinions. We aren't afraid to let you know who we really are! Our team has a wealth of experience in the world of online gambling, and they use this experience to bring New Zealand players the most accurate news and reviews possible, as well as handy tips on how to play various online casino games.

About Us

Fact Profile

  • Years playing slots: 35
  • Combined age of team: 95
  • Total hours spent playing each week: 48

Who We Are

Jon Hamilton

Jon Hamilton

Favourite Game: Mega Moolah

Jon is the veteran of the team and oversees all aspects of the site. He’s been playing online slots since they first burst onto the scene in the 1990s, and has seen his fair share of big prizes spin into view. He’s usually found playing for high stakes at progressive jackpot slots, with his favourite machine being Mega Moolah from Microgaming. If Jon doesn’t know something about slots, it’s really not worth knowing!

Rachel Smyth

Rachel Smyth

Favourite Game: Starburst

Rachel is the youngest member of our team, and she’s still working her way through the many slots found online, constantly discovering new and exciting games to play. When Rachel finds a slot she loves – at the moment, her top online slot is Starburst – she’ll let you know in a comprehensive and informative review. She’ll also let you know if she doesn’t like a slot, just so you get the complete picture of online slots available in New Zealand.

Cameron McAllister

Cameron McAllister

Favourite Game: French roulette

Cameron is our authority on all things to do with table games. While he enjoys playing slots, he’s usually found sitting at the roulette wheel, or trying to beat the dealer in a game of blackjack – and very often succeeding. Cameron has made a living from playing casino games, so he knows exactly what it takes to become successful in this area. He’s the man who writes most table game reviews on this site, as well as strategy guides.

Rating Our Sites Thoroughly

When we review a site, we look at a number of incredibly important areas. Once we’re finished, we’ll have given the most comprehensive review possible, so you’ll be able to make an educated choice about whether an online casino is perfect for you or not. You can find out more about how we review sites by reading below.


Before you register with any online casino, ensure that you understand their policy regarding pay outs. It is important to check their "play through" requirements, as well as their minimum withdrawal amount. Sometimes the minimum withdrawal amount is much higher than the original deposit amount.

  • Games - First and foremost, we’ll take a look through the games at a site. We’ll want to see as many as possible, covering every area, including slots, video poker, and table games. We also want to see quality though, as well as games that have good RTPs. While we can’t play every game, we’ll play as many as possible, so we can get the best picture of the range of games at a site.
  • Security - There’s really nothing more important than security, and we want you to only play at the sites with the highest security levels in place. Therefore, we’ll only recommend sites that are fully regulated, and that have had their games verified by an organisation such as eCOGRA. What’s more, we’ll check to see if secure SSL encryption is offered for transactions, in order to keep your details safe.
  • Bonuses - We’ll look at the bonuses from all angles, seeing how much they're worth, as well as whether the terms and conditions are favourable or not. As bonuses and promotions are constantly changing, we’ll keep altering a site’s review, so it always contains the most up-to-date and relevant information. When looking at bonuses, we’ll also look at the loyalty scheme – a really important part of any good online casino.
  • Banking Options - You might not think that banking options are important, but do you really want to sign-up with a site, only to then realise you can’t add and withdraw funds using your favoured method? We’ll list all the depositing and withdrawing options found at a site, and we’ll also tell you whether it’s free to use these methods. What’s more, we’ll also let you know how long deposits and withdrawals take.
  • Customer Service - We won’t just tell you the types of customer service available, such as live chat and email, but will also actually test them out. So, we’ll send questions to the site via all available channels, and monitor how long it takes to get a reply, as well as how accurate the replies are. We’ll only recommend sites that offer both fast and genuinely helpful replies to our different queries.

Spotting Rogue Sites

The vast majority of online casinos in New Zealand are fantastic, however there are a few that spoil it for the rest. We’re not shy about telling you about these sites, and will feature the worst online casinos on our rogue sites page. We want you to know the hallmarks of a bad site though, so we’ve come up with this list:

  • Unresponsive customer service
  • Poorly designed sites
  • Withholding winnings from players
  • Misleading bonuses and promotions
  • Not properly regulated

You don’t need to look through the above list yourself though, as we’ll do it all for you. You can be sure that any site placed on our list of rogue sites is one you should avoid completely, the same way you can also be sure that any site we recommend is one of the best around.

Online vs. Offline when it Comes to Casinos

Many people often wonder about the differences between playing slots at an online casino and at a land-based casino, and you might be surprised to know that there are a number of them. You can find out about the differences and similarities by looking through the table below.

Online Slots
Land-Based Slots
$0.01 - $200
$0.05 - $500
Game Range
Progressive Jackpots
Over $20,000,000
Under $5,000,000
Payout %
95% - 98%
92% - 95%

Get in Touch

We love to hear from you, regardless of whether you’re praising a site, complaining about one, or simply asking a question about any aspect of gambling online. If you’d like to have a chat with one of our friendly team members, just drop us an email – we’ll get back to you as quickly as we possibly can!

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