Three Big Wins in the Casino History of New Zealand

Pokies are favorite games enjoy by Kiwis. Even the Maoris love casinos to play pokies and bet on sports. That is because Pokies come in any theme imaginable, to suit any type of player and with so many options available to players, there is something to suit anyone. Also, the ease to play with any gaming platform is also another aspect that made pokies popular to the New Zealanders.

It is not only playing but also winning that Kiwis have created history in the online and land casino world. Here are the three big wins of the previous two three years that created history in casinos of New Zealand and will certainly motivate you to become a millionaire.

Three big wins in casinos history of New Zealand

1. Rawiri Pou won $10 million playing Mega Moolah

Rawiri Pou won $10 million playing Mega Moolah
Rawiri Pou won $10 million playing Mega Moolah

In 2016, Rawiri Pou won a whopping $10m playing pokies game online. He was presented with a $10m check at Auckland hotel after winning the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot pokies online. At the time of the win, Pou was 27 years old and worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken. The payday took place on June 17th, when the online casino transferred the winnings into his account.

At the winning time, Pou had no plans of quitting his job at KFC because he didn’t know “what to feel” about the giant winnings. He was in shock. He won the money after originally winning $1500 and then using that money to continue gambling. Pou was happy to tell his parents about the win since they had previously scolded him for his online gambling habits. He could now proudly declare that he was a jackpot winner! Pou played at online casino and the jackpot is impressive.

On a side note, Pou’s big win may not have been liked by the law though it is not currently illegal for Kiwis to bet with international gambling sites the government is actively exploring ways to choke off access to gambling sites like Malta- and UK-licensed Casinoland. The only acceptable form of online gambling in the country is the NZ TAB’s online sports and race betting.

2. South Auckland Man won $180,000 on sports betting

South Auckland Man won $180,000 on sports betting
South Auckland Man won $180,000 on sports betting

In 2016, a South Auckland man, who was not named, won over $180,000 on sports bets. It was only $12 that he began with and turned that money into big winnings. The man bet on five different sporting events over one weekend and has said that the win will be “life-changing.” No doubt it was life-changing for this man. One big win came from Austria’s Dominic Thiem beating Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the French Open. The man placed just the right amount at just the right time to ensure a big win.

The Papatoetoe welder, who did not want to be named, said it was a life-changing win. He studied the odds at the Hunters Corner TAB “for about 10 minutes” before placing the bet.

Three big wins of Alexander Zverev

The first result to go his way was Austria’s Dominic Thiem beating Germany’s Alexander Zverev in four sets at the French Open at $3.70 odds. Another big win came from a bet he placed that said Nigel Ah Wong would score two or more points against the Sunwolves. This only came into fruition towards the end of the game so the man was certainly on edge throughout. Lucky for him, the bet really paid off with a big win.

Then another big win came when he picked Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to draw at full time of the Champions League final. Again, the win only came towards the end of the game, but ultimately, it paid off big. Other wins that weekend included bets on the Blues and Crusaders match, New Zealand to beat Fiji in the Oceania Nations Cup, Vixens to beat the Thunderbirds in the Trans-Tasman netball league, a Hull and Sheffield match, Swifts and Firebirds match, and Real Madrid vs Atletico in the Champions Cup final.

According to the man, he left his wallet at home that day so he only had a limited amount of money to bet on these games. Had he brought his wallet he could have won even more money, perhaps another $50,000. But he still walked away from that weekend with some pretty massive wins.

3. Christ Church player wins $450,000

Christ Church player wins $450,000
Christ Church player wins $450,000

Young Christchurch winner pockets $450,000 in casino players club draw at Christ Church Casino. It was “like New Year’s Eve” at Christchurch Casino last week when a young city man took home $450,000 from its players’ club draw – the biggest cash prize since the club was established in early 2014. Casino chief executive Brett Anderson described the winner, aged his 20s, as “one very happy individual.”

The casino erupted in celebration, with other players happy for the young winner whose lucky strike could set him up for life.

Everyone was on Cloud 9 and the man, who was accompanied by his father who was a member of the casino players’ club. It took him only 30 seconds to get to the players’ club to show his ID and that he was the person whose number was drawn.  The casino staff felt nice that someone has won and that it stays locally.  The draw had been struck only once before – in August 2014; when a Canterbury rural woman in her 80s took home $275,000.

There also may be many other winners who might speak volumes of winning stories.