|The government of New Zealand is considering an increase in its gambling tax. Specifically the government is looking to increase the revenue it derives from the country's incredibly popular poker machines. Nestled at $200 million a year, poker machines represent major income to government and are viewed as an luxury tax to punters.|
However as taxes raise in the real world, the revenues generated by these machines for their owners dips proportionally, and there is fear that tighter machines will accompany the new tax edict. This may drive some poker machine players to the Internet where taxation is not an issue. Already, online casinos can offer better odds that Las Vegas regarding both casino and sports betting propositions, will the new poker tax cause the same situation in the pokie market.
Online experts know it will, and as governments tax players out of the doors, the modem fires up. If New Zealand really wants to get their players paying they could consider offering their own online pokie rather than sending New Zealanders to foreign sites.