Mobile vs Desktop Casinos

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Welcome back to New NZ Casinos blog bringing you the very best in the world of online casinos New Zealand. In this week’s entry we delve into the world of mobile and desktop casinos and bring you all you need to know about gaming in the palm of your hand or through your computer. 

It is no secret that gaming is changing. From an abundance of the best pokies in NZ to the best real money casinos in NZ, 2018 sees gamers truly spoilt for choice. Whilst many gamers often spend their time, quite rightly we think, considering which games to play and the best casinos not many look at the advantages and disadvantages of mobile casinos vs desktop casinos. Back in the day the worthwhile way to play game online was at home through a desktop computer. As mobile phones have becoming increasingly powerful and internet coverage and connection through mobile devices has improved drastically more and more players look to game on the go. Will this lead to less gamers playing on desktops? Find out in as we compare the advantages and disadvantages of mobile gaming and desktop gaming.

What is mobile gaming?

Firstly, it is important to know that not all mobile gaming is the same. Often you will see the opportunity to game either via a browser (Safari, Chrome and Firefox for example) or via a dedicated app that can be downloaded from the app store of your choice such as the app store for iPhone, the Google Play store or from the Windows store. Now, there are differences in playing in a dedicated app or via a browser. Let’s use this example: Have you ever accessed Facebook through an app on your phone? Now, have you ever accessed Facebook through a browser on your phone. Whilst accessing Facebook through a browser you may notice that it takes slightly longer to load and that it isn’t as easy to use. The dedicated app makes accessing Facebook a lot easier and it is optimised to run perfectly on the phone that you are using. The same goes for online games. Whilst it is possible to game through a browser the experiences may not be as good as using the dedicated app. We always recommend that apps generally are better to game than using browsers as some mobile casinos aren’t fully optimised for mobile use.


  • You need a solid internet connection to play
  • Browser gaming offers quick access whereas you have to wait for the app to download
  • Live dealer mobile gaming is becoming more popular but requires the latest software and mobiles to play it

Size of screen

With new technologies online gaming has never been better. Top software providers such as netent, microgaming and playtech are constantly creating new experiences with amazing graphics and incredible sounds. With this in mind the size of the screen that you play on is important! Whilst mobile gaming and mobile casinos allow you to game on the go desktop gaming allows you to experience the games in their full glory.

On the go gaming
The BIGGEST advantage of mobile casinos is that you carry a casino in your pocket. How cool is that? On the train? Waiting for a friend? Checking out at the supermarket? Whip out your mobile and enjoy the thrill of gaming anytime, anywhere any place. This is one area that desktops simply can’t compete in and mobile gaming wins hands down.

More games to play on mobile
Interestingly it has been revealed that there are actually more games to play on mobile devices than on desktop devices. There has been a sudden emergence of mobile only casinos that reflect the way in which mobile phones have become an increasingly common part of day life. With this in mind many game producers are starting to produce mobile only gaming sites.

More casinos on desktop
However! Ironically, whilst there are more mobile games there are many many more desktop casinos than mobile casinos. Think about it, desktop gaming is cemented and established meaning that casinos now are making moves in the mobile gaming world. We think that what will happen is that all the best real money pokies in NZ and other casinos will 1) optimise their sites for both desktop and mobile gaming 2) improve the experience of browser based mobile casinos and 3) create dedicated apps.

So, what do you choose? Of course it is entirely up to you and we want you to have all the information when choosing the best online casinos in New Zealand. There is always a time and a place for everything and gaming is no exception. The choice is entirely yours! Both desktop gaming and mobile gaming have their advantages and the primary advantage to mobile gaming is the ability to game on the go. Desktop gaming has the advantage of having a greater variety of casinos and, generally, more richer experiences.

Our expert guide to staying safe at online casinos

Staying safe in online casinos



Welcome back to the New NZ Casinos blog. Each week we will be covering the most important topics in the world of online casinos in New Zealand. Our experienced and expert team reviews the best online pokies in NZ and the best real money casinos to bring you the best bonuses and more. This week we will cover one of the most important topics in online gaming: security.

Much has been made, and quite rightly, of the importance of security. As the digital universe increasingly becomes part of our day to day lives it is vital to understand how to remain safe and secure online. Why is security so important for online casinos? For starters, think of an online casino as a bank that deals in transactions. You wouldn’t trust a bank that didn’t have a lock on their door, would you? Find out how to stay safe in the best casinos in New Zealand with our complete guide to casino security.

Passwords and Login-Ins
Each player who registers with an online casino in New Zealand has to create their own username and password. Sometimes additional security questions are required which provide and extra layer of security should the password become compromised. When choosing your username and password we recommend making them as unique as possible and difficult to crack. Make sure that you use a unique password or username for each casino, consider changing your password regularly and using numbers, capital letters and symbols to make your password even more unique.

ID and Age Verification
Usually when you make your first money deposit into a casino you are required to provide further ID. This protects against identity theft, by making sure that the person is who they say they are, and prevents under-age gaming. Often, ID verification requires emailing or uploading a scan of ID such as a driving license or passport. This process is straightforward and shouldn’t take too long. Once you are verified you can start playing the best online pokies in NZ and more.

Random Number Generator Testing
It’s not just personal information and finances that are important when playing pokies online. Fairness is vital to ensure that you are gaming in a safe and fair environment. Each online casino game is governed by a Random Number Generator or RNG for short. When you hit spin or deal in a online casino a random set of numbers are decided by the RNG. These then say where the slot reels should stop or what card is dealt in a hand of blackjack. RNG mimic the random actions when a reel is spun or a deck is shuffled in a land based casino. For RNGs to be fully fair they must be tested and approved by various bodies. eCOGRA and TST are two of the world’s leading online casino regulators and regularly audit and test games to ensure their fairness. Casinos are regularly audited and display their certificates from these two bodies on the websites. Always look for either an eCOGRA or TST certificate to know that you are playing in a fair and licensed online casino in New Zealand.

License to thrill
The best real money casinos in New Zealand, and the only ones you should play, are licensed. There exists strict criteria that casinos must follow in order to get and maintain their license. Each country has their own set of requirements but broadly speaking the requirement of a gaming license ensure that bankroll money is kept in a different account (on the casino) to ensure that there is always money to pay back the players. Again, online casinos are regularly audited to check that they meet the criteria and are able to continue to use their license.

Deposit Restrictions
Each casino automatically sets a restriction on the amount of money a player can deposit and withdraw over a set period of time. Over time these limits are adjusted allowing a player to deposit or withdraw bigger or larger amounts. This is an important safety measure to provide as it protects players from credit card fraud (falsely using someone’s bank details to play) and ensures a healthy environment in which to enjoy gaming.

Avoid rogue casinos
Online casino sites can be blacklisted for all sorts of reasons: inaccurate withdrawal amounts, slow payments, or welcome bonus offers aren’t honoured. Perhaps the software freezes or the spins on that new slot look suspiciously un-random.

At New NZ Casinos we only recommend secure, fair and tested online casinos to bring you the best pokies in 2018 and more. Discover our carefully choosen real money casinos in New Zealand that ensure a safe and enjoyable gaming experience. 


The pros and cons of using bitcoin in online casinos


Online Casino and Bitcoin

Welcome to our brand new New NZ Casinos reviews’ blog! Each week we will cover the most important topics in gaming and bring you our expert advise and in depth analysis of the industry.

Bitcoin logoIn today’s blog post we look into a topic that is dominating headlines worldwide.. Bitcoin. More precisely, we outline the pros and cons of using bitcoin when you game. Since 2009 Bitcoin (BTC) has become the darling of cryptocurrencies. For example, one Bitcoin in 2010 (it wasn’t even officially traded in 2009!) was worth $0.39. Fast forward 7 years and 1 Bitcoin is worth an astonishing $14,270.95!

With this global surge in the value of Bitcoin across the globe the number of casinos (and other businesses)  who accept bitcoin is rapidly increasing. From pokies to roulette, blackjack to poker, Bitcoins are accepted across a huge range of games from many casinos. So, why choose to pay in Bitcoin? Check out our quick fire points below on the pros and cons of using Bitcoin at online casinos.

Zero or No transaction fees. With no middlemen, such as bank or credit card intermediaries,   involved you will not be charged for using Bitcoin. Say goodbye to high transaction fees or blocks on credit card transactions.

Speed of transaction. Usually speaking Bitcoin transactions are instantaneous and allow you to get down to some serious gaming quicker than other deposit methods. What does make Bitcoin slightly different from other payment methods is that each transaction needs to be confirmed from the central index. This usually takes no longer than 5 minutes to confirm the deposit.

Decentralised nature. With no central regulating authority Bitcoins cannot be taken away from you or your account cannot be frozen unlike flat currencies. You owe your money and how you control your transactions.

Secure. Bitcoin is one of the most secure cryptocurrency and do not require any personal data being submitted thus protecting you from identity theft.

Privacy. With no personal information attached to your bitcoin wallet (the place where you store your Bitcoin) the public do not know what you have purchased. However, each transaction is centrally recorded and transparent meaning that balances can be viewed.

Inflation proof. The number of Bitcoins to ever be issued is limited to 21 million and Bitcoin volume growth is predictable, so they cannot be churned out like fiat currencies and poured into economy.

Of course, a pros and cons list wouldn’t be complete without the cons! As with all of our advice we want out players to have all the information at their fingertips not only to make better decisions but to become better players through better decisions. So, what are some of the cons in using Bitcoin as a payment method?

Bitcoin can be volatile. Bitcoin can be very unstable. As we have seen, Bitcoin has made incredible gains upward but this has not been without drops. It is not uncommon for the currency to drop up to 5% in one day which means that if you deposit the value may be less when you withdraw and convert to other currencies.

It’s a “new” currency. Bitcoin is still in its early stages and is being developed constantly. This means that features are being added and it is becoming more accessible.

Not as common as other payment methods. With the cryptocurrency still in its infancy, not all of your favourite casinos may accept it as a payment method. Having said that, many casinos and businesses are increasingly taking up Bitcoin and its user base is growing each month.  

And finally….

One very important thing to consider when using Bitcoins at an online casino is whether the casino allows you to actually gamble using Bitcoin as an in-game currency, or whether it converts Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals to or from another currency to use at the casino. If  it is the latter, bare in mind Bitcoin’s fluctuating exchange rate to flat currencies. Therefore if you want to avoid any currency exchange fluctuations you are best off choosing a casino that supports Bitcoin natively as an in-game currency.

So there you have it, the pros and cons of using Bitcoin in online casinos. Do you use Bitcoin to game? Would you use Bitcoin as your preferred payment method? Let us know your thoughts and join in our growing community by commenting below!