Judge's Vote

Judge's Vote 2017

There are four WhichBingo Award categories that are decided by judging panel. The other 10 are decided by player's vote.

Final Shortlists

Most Socially Responsible Operator

  • Bingo.com
  • Mecca Bingo
  • Paddy Power Bingo

Best Mobile Bingo Experience

  • Butlers Bingo
  • Comfy Bingo
  • Gala Bingo
  • Heart Bingo
  • Mecca Bingo
  • Sky Bingo
  • Sun Bingo

Best Customer Service

  • Bingo.com
  • Bingocams
  • Bucky Bingo
  • Butlers Bingo
  • Gala Bingo
  • Heart Bingo
  • Mecca Bingo
  • Paddy Power Bingo
  • Slingo

Best Online Bingo Software

  • Dazzletag
  • Dragonfish
  • Gamesys
  • Microgaming
  • Playtech
  • Relax Gaming

The winners will be announced on June 21st 2017.


Meet the Judges

Stella Dalton

Stella Dalton

Stella is the Head of Education & Prevention at GamCare, a charity who provide information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

Stella’s responsibilities include the implementation of player protection and responsible gambling initiatives, GamCare certification and social responsibility training throughout the UK and Europe.

A responsible gambling specialist, she was previously a training specialist at the Rank Group, delivering responsible gambling workshops and training to casino and bingo managers throughout the UK.


John Hagan

John Hagan

John is the chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, which comprises of five UK based gambling associations including the Remote Gambling Association and the Bingo Association. The mission of the IGRG is ‘to provide a structure to better promote socially responsible gambling across all gambling sectors in the UK’.

He is also the the Deputy Chairman of GamCare, the leading problem gambling charity in the UK.

John is a partner in specialist legal firm Harris Hagan and is widely recognised as one of the leading advisors to the gambling industry. He is an Officer of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and a member of International Masters of Gaming Law.


Clive Hawkswood

Clive Hawkswood

Clive is the Chief Executive of the Remote Gambling Association which is the largest online gambling trade association in the world. He is also board member of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, an organisation which promotes responsible gambling measures within the gambling industry.

Earlier in his career he worked in the bookmaking industry and was previously head of the Betting & Racing branch at the British Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He has also worked for the Home Office in both the Gambling Section and Horseracing Policy Team.


Sarah Ramanauskas

Sarah Ramanauskas

Previously Head of Customer Intelligence, William Hill and Head of Customer Insight, Betfair. Now Senior Partner, Gambling Integrity.

Gambling Integrity provides training, audit and certification services, across all aspects of responsible gambling, to gambling operators worldwide.

She is also Chair of Betknowmore: a social enterprise using innovative new approaches to reach out and support those who are struggling with gambling.


Simo Dragecevic

Simo Dragecevic

Simo is the founder and CEO of Bet Buddy, a B2B software company who provide advanced analytics solutions to the gaming industry.

Bet Buddy's award winning products help gaming companies to better understand and interpret player behaviours and to better manage problem gamblers.

Simo is an active gambling researcher who brings with him a vast amount of expertise and practical knowledge in the field of identification and prevention of problem gambling.

His research has been published in the Internal Gambling Studies Journal and he has spoken at responsible gambling conferences all around the world including the GamCare Conference, RGT Harm Minimization Conference and the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference.


Professor Peter Jones

Professor Peter Jones

Peter Jones is Professor of Strategic Management in the Business School at the University of Gloucestershire.

He has over 25 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience in universities and commercial organisations in the UK and overseas.

His major research and consultancy interests are in corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the service sector of the economy and he has published a number of papers on gambling and social responsibility in the gambling industry.


Anita Heffernan

Anita Heffernan

Anita has been a part of the WhichBingo team since 2010 and is regarded as the in-house bingo ‘expert’.

Having been a keen player of bingo on the high street, Anita was among the first raft of players to eagerly welcome the concept of online bingo in the mid noughties.

A regular player herself, Anita prides herself on being a hands-on correspondent with regard to all things bingo and being in the unique position of assessing the bingo and slots sites featured on WhichBingo from a genuine player perspective.


Roger Knowles

Roger Knowles

Roger is relatively new to the WhichBingo team, but he has quickly grown his knowledge under the tutelage of Anita Heffernan.

He has become our resident expert on all things mobile, and is responsible for updating reviews for all of the bingo apps and mobile sites across the WhichBingo directory.

In addition to this, Roger works as researcher and script writer for our video presenter Emer Nugent, who together produce our weekly video guides. This process involves playing at each site for several hours to gather screenshots, footage and information that goes into each script.


Wayne Howe

Wayne Howe

Wayne has been involved in the online bingo industry since 2006.

He cut his online bingo teeth as manager of the UK’s #1 free bingo website, FreeBingo.co.uk, for seven years before taking on the role of Head of Projects at WhichBingo in 2013. His first major project was relaunching the WhichBingo Awards in 2014.

Wayne regularly plays online bingo himself, and has amassed accounts at several dozen different sites over the years. Within the WhichBingo team his knowledge of the bingo brands and games available, particularly on mobile, is second only to Anita.