Tentative approval from Tongan government for first-ever casino

Tongan CasinoA plan to open Tonga’s first ever casino by American entertainment company, Red Warrior, and investment firm Amira Union Gatti has gained tentative approval from the Tongan government.

According to Radio New Zealand, it’s reported the investors will be required to pump at least $450 million into the archipelago nation’s economy in return for permission to build their Tavake Tamafua Casino Project.

The site is expected to feature facilities which extend into the Pearl Airport Shopping Mall and Hotel and the Frangipani Luxevillas apartments. The brand new site will be known as the Aria Tourism Entertainment Gaming Resort.

Gambling and gambling establishments are currently illegal under Tonga’s Criminal Offences Act of 1926. Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva was forced to reject a claim in January that they had secretly granted permission to the Amira-Union-Gatti and Red Warrior Entertainment group to construct the casino resort without following due legislation process.

Casino Support

However, Radio New Zealand reports that Minister Tevita Lavemaau has officially written to relevant parties to advise them that Tonga will now support the Aria Tourism Entertainment Gaming Resort. The government has plans to issue the consortium an exclusive gambling license in the next year.

A representative of Amira-Union-Gatti, Havea Gatti has stated that the firm will source over 80% of the labor that’s required to construct the Tavake Tamafua casino resort from Tonga. He further stated that the company will meet all the conditions laid out by the Tongan government by creating a further 850 jobs at the resort.

The current legislation prohibiting casino licenses in Tonga will need to be fully revoked in order for the Aria Tourism Entertainment Gaming Resort project to go ahead. This expected to draw backlash and possible protests from much of the Tongan population of 105,000 citizens according to Matangi Tonga News.

Tonga is quite a very culturally conservative place and its expected that both online casino and brick and mortar casino establishments will not be completely welcome. However, the need for investment in the Tongan economy may supersede the religious conservatism of this small island nation.



Microgaming Pokies Releases

Three Microgaming Pokies released this March have been a massive success with online pokie players. With some exciting new features and the awesome slots game innovation we’ve come to expect from Microgaming, these games are making headlines. We take a closer look at their latest online pokies, with a March Madness round-up of their most recent games.

Pollen Party

Pollen Party caused quite a buzz with online pokies players and not just for its bee-themed antics. The 720-way variable reel pokie game is groundbreaking in many ways and the reel layout shaped like honeycomb which is completely unique to the online slots world.
The graphics are fun and quirky and there are a host of dynamic features that players will enjoy. There are two separate scatter symbols that players trigger to release sweet free spins. The Babee bonus round is also full of pollen-filled potential!

Emperor of the Sea

From the depths of the ocean, Emperor of the Sea’s gameplay has a floating feel and a charming musical score to match. This 5×4 reel slot has fantastic gameplay features. Players have the ability to select their own payline option – of figures which have mythical significance in Asian folklore, 38, 68 or 88. On the base game, you have stacked wild symbols across all the reels. The frenetic action hits full throttle in free spins mode, where Growing Wilds™ populate the reels. Rolling Reels™ also ignites combinations of winning symbols, giving you the deep sea voyage of a lifetime.

The Heat is On

The Heat is On is a 5×3 reel, 45 payline game where players follow Selina, a wily cat burglar. Follow her as she attempts to loot the bank reserves of an anonymous city. Special Task Force Officer Jean is in hot pursuit of Selina in fast cars, motorcycles and helicopters in this high-speed caper. The base game has two wild symbols to play with, and over three scatters which payout on all levels, not just free spins. You also get partially stacked scatters on reels two and three. In addition to this, you have the ability to trigger a potential 85 free spins.

Microgaming Statement

Microgaming Games Publisher Dave Reynolds is particularly excited about their latest release of Games.

“We’ve released the first ever slot game to use a 720-way, variable reel design. This adds a couple of dynamic features for players to enjoy in Pollen Party,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Emperor of the Sea has expanded Microgaming Pokies Asian-themed collection. Both fortune and mythical elements from popular Asian culture combine in a meticulously crafted engine for extended gameplay.”

Mr Reynolds also described The Heat is On as a “perfectly balanced game which combines a wild feature that offers players a steady base game experience and a free spins feature with explosive potential.”