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Casinos in Oceania

Gambling in Australia is considered to be more frenzied than the rest of the world but it was not until the late 1970's that they actually had their first casino.

Wrest Point Casino on the island of Tasmania was the first casino in Australia and it was quite sometime before the floodgates opened resulting in Australia now having 13 large international style casinos. No new casinos have been launched for a long time but one of the main operators PBL are likely to submit plans to open NSW's second casino.

New Zealand followed in Australia's footsteps quite a few years later. Since 1994 when the Christchurch Casino opened the government has given out 6 licences to companies for legalised casinos to operate in New Zealand.

Very few of the islands have full blown casino gaming, the exception being Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Major tourist destinations such as Fiji and Tahiti are constantly considering legalized casinos and new laws may be in place during 2007/2008.

Lotteries are also very big in the region and perhaps one of the world's best known names in Lotteries and Sports books, in operation from 1881, has to be Tattersalls.