If you’re wanting to step away from your screens and try out the best of the land-based bunch, we’ve sorted that for you. With SkyCity dominating the New Zealand casino scene, we sent our team over to the Hamilton branch to see what it’s offering players.
Blackjack, baccarat, roulette, 3-card poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Money Wheel and pokies
SkyCity Entertainment Group
The Gambling Commission
Monte Carlo cash draws, membership points redeemed for play money, Bonus Play days, birthday bonuses. Premier Rewards and VIP Black program
24/7 excluding Christmas Day, Good Friday, and 3am-1pm on Anzac Day
20 years old with valid ID
Six food outlets and four bars
Off-site at an hourly rate. Can use membership points to pay
Major credit cards accepted
You’ll find all the classic table games here, such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette, 3-card poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and the Money Wheel. Then there’s the massive pokies selection – a grand total of 330 machines to choose from. Play them on Bonus Play Day with your membership card and watch the Premium Bonus Dollars mount up.
If you’re looking for a more intimate gambling experience, prove that you’re a loyal, valuable customer and if you receive an invitation to become a VIP (see further down the page for more information), you’ll gain access to private gambling rooms Salon 8 and the Diamond Lounge.Choose the suitable game
Sign up to the Premier Rewards loyalty scheme for free and reap multiple benefits. As you play, you’ll be rewarded in points, taking your gambling to the next level. These points convert into play money, so you have more to spend. What’s more, members get to take advantage of exclusive Bonus Play days and receive generous birthday bonuses! You can also use your Premier Points in the dining and bar outlets, as well as the nearby off-site carpark.
Keep track of your points by downloading the MyPremier app. The further up the ranking system (ruby being the lowest and black being the highest) you climb, the better the rewards. The top two VIP tiers are attainable by invitation only and give you access to the private lounge, unlimited free parking and a 24-hour phone line with a SkyCity Hamilton representative.
The staff readily deal with queries or issues promptly and effectively. Players are encouraged to gamble responsibly and there is a dedicated team for anyone struggling with a gambling problem.
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SkyCity Hamilton caters for both pokies fiends and cool-headed table gamblers. Many of the games offer excellent bonuses and huge payouts, particularly the progressive jackpots on offer, and you’ll enjoy even more lucrative rewards if you join the loyalty scheme.
There’s also a great selection of bars and restaurants, including a sports bar with a giant screen, for when you need a breather from the gambling rooms. Not to forget the bowling alley and live entertainment! Our team suggests soaking up the beauty of the nearby river by sipping a beer on one of the patios before hitting the atmospheric casino rooms. SkyCity Hamilton is ideal for a fun night out with your mates, especially considering the easily accessible transport links and accommodation.