SkyCity moves closer to gaming expansion after bill passes second reading

SkyCity has moved a step closer to being able to expand its gaming operations after a bill on allowing more gaming in exchange for building a $400 million convention centre in Auckland passed its second reading in parliament, local media reported. SkyCity stands to get an extra 230 pokie machines and 40 more gaming tables, as well as having its gambling license extended for 35 years. The bill still has to pass its committee and third reading stages before it becomes law. The Government expects construction to start early next year. The bill had faced opposition from the Green Party which put forward 10 amendments seeking to curb potential problem gambling.