Asian-Theme Pokies Collection from Betsoft Coming Soon

Betsoft has a planned a launch for a trio of Asian-themed pokies this year. The gaming developer is diversifying its portfolio. The new range of pokies is just the tip of what the software developer has in store for gamblers in New Zealand. Betsoft plans to start the Asian-themed pokies collection with a trio of titles. The first one to be released has already been announced. For the rest of 2019, Betsoft will be launching a new title from the collection each month.

The gaming developer has especially designed this new range of games with the Asian market in mind. Quite savvy if you think of how many Chinese gamblers, for instance, travel to countries like ours to gamble at the best New Zealand casinos. Let’s take a look at what this Malta-based gambling game software developer has up its sleeve with this new collection of pokie games.

First Three Pokies Titles of the Asian-Themed Collection Announced

The first collection to launch is titled the “Red Dragon” and comes with three games. The first of that trio is titled Bamboo Rush, which will be followed by Caishen’s Arrival and finally Dragon & Phoenix.


Since the opening up of a couple of key Asian markets for gambling, Japan for one, it’s easy to see why Betsoft has set its eyes on Asian-themed pokies and games. The Red Dragon trio of pokies is just the beginning of something bigger. Players have new concepts to look forward to in these new games.

Bamboo Rush is set to have stacked wilds a high payout Golden Panda as a scatter amongst other features. In addition to its cinematic interface, the game has a huge maximum multiplier potential of up to 53000x!

The next two titles that are to follow Bamboo Rush have not been detailed as yet. However, Betsoft’s Marketing director revealed that these games “will take players’ breath away from the very first spin.” Each of the titles in the Red Dragon Collection will entertain and captivate players from all walks of life, and not just those in the Asian market.

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Match-Fixing Concerns Rise over New Zealand Grassroots Football

Match-fixing worries have gripped New Zealand Football governing body as NZ grassroots football league is attracting the attention of sports betting sites. Offshore sports gambling sites have odds up on games played by teams which comprise of players as young as 15 even! These bookmakers have side-line spectators who are on the ground watching matches and reporting to the info back to sportsbooks. This is known as ‘pitch-siding’, and it has become a common sight at these grassroots matches. New Zealand football has repeatedly called on these offshore betting sites to desist from placing odds on these grassroots matches. They have been repeatedly ignored. Find out more on what the communications manager at NZ Football had to say about this betting phenomenon that is increasingly growing in popularity.

New Zealand Football’s Football Laws on Betting

Pitch-siding is legal so it is difficult to block theses offshore betting sites from accessing live information on said football matches. There has not been a confirmed or suspected case of match fixing but NZ football is erring on the side of caution. Chief Executive of Mainland Football, Julian Bowden says match fixing is nearly unavoidable because he sees a pattern similar to how match fixing started “overseas”.  The thought of match fixing has not been a serious threat to New Zealand Football in general but the growth of New Zealand’s soccer leagues and the millions it has attracted in betting is making sports administrative bodies very wary of match fixing.



The main concern is the lower leagues since the main premiership football is well regulated. Internal affairs departments also concerned but for different reasons. They fear that this rise in betting on the lower leagues which comprise mostly of teenagers will lead to the rise of problem youth gambling. Online sports betting makes millions from Kiwis betting online therefore it is unlikely that these bookmakers will voluntarily retract these lower league football odds.

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New Zealand Comedian Accused of Duping Fans at American Casino Resort

nz-tape-face-at-harrahsNew Zealand comedian Sam Willis, known as Tape Face has upset fans at Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas. Fans swarmed to social media to express their dissatisfaction at seeing an impersonator. The excited fans paid $151 American currency to see the talent sensation at a casino. The performer, who is also known as The Boy with Tape on His Face stood his ground and defended his use of an impersonator. Willis likens his use of an impersonator to a franchise. Fans however say they paid to see the original Tape Face not a double.

Harrah’s Casino has not commented on the debacle. Tape Face’s publicist have not backed down and insist they were transparent with fans. Will Tape face be able to carry on his residency at the casino? Does this spell the end for Sam Willis The Boy with Tape On His Face?


Fan Reactions to New Zealand Comedian Impersonator

Fans’ reactions were nothing short of acidic. One fan took to a popular review site to air his dissatisfaction “I just spent $600 to watch a person dress up and pretend to be Tape Face!”. Tape Face’s publicist has stuck to the defense that the comedian is rather a concept not just one person. Shannon Bentham who takes care of Tape Face’s PR in the USA said “Ideas and concepts can last a lot longer than people. Tape Face is a concept based on spreading joy and happiness.” They defended their use of another actor top perform Tape Face by likening it to the franchise acts such as the Blue Man group. “The character is played by different performers, comparable to other productions such Blue Man Group.”


The original Tap Face himself, Sam Willis, seems unfazed by the outrage. He insists those who have followed him from the beginning know that he has always dreamed of taking the Tape Face concept into a franchised act. He says he is considering adding a third Tap Face act abecause of the demand for his concept.

It is not clear whether this will affect his attendances to the shows lined up at the casino resort. We will keep you updated, follow our blog for more casino entertainment news.  We want to know, if you are a Tape Face fan would you attend a concept show where an impersonator performs his ideas?


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