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New gambling tax could spell the end for no deposit bonus
Currently one of the things we love to do here at WhichBingo is find the best no deposit bonus deals for readers to take advantage of. As you move around the site you will see the section on various pages that higlights to total available in free no deposit bonuses (£1,612 at the time of writing).
This is a service which may become redundant in the next few weeks, however, as new taxation reforms relating to freeplays and bonuses offered by gambling sites finally come into force. This means that the first use of any freeplay bonus will be taxable the same as cash play, plus play using winnings from said bonuses will be taxable too once the end of the re-wagering process is reached and players are able to withdraw if they wish.
The Remote Gaming Duty should have come into effect on 1st August 2017, but has been delayed by the General Election. It has been notified to operators, however, that any tax implication will be backdated to 1st August when it finally gets passed into legislation. This means that over the next few weeks we can expect to see the majority of no deposit welcome bonuses paid on registration disappear entirely.
Cozy Games is the first operator to confirm that this is the line of action they are going to take. Being the biggest of the operators that uses the no deposit bonus on registration to attract players this is a huge change. Instead they are going to offer free bingo with no deposit with bingo bonus as the prizes.
One or two sites may bite the bullet and retain the no deposit bonus, so keep your eyes peeled to our no deposit pages as we seek them out for you.
What is Bongo's Bingo? Well, for one thing it is the last type of entertainment you would have ever expected to see at the iconic Tower Ballroom that's for sure.
Know as a 'bingo-rave', Bongo's Bingo has evolved from the secretive Underground Rebel Bingo phenomenon. While it is still wild and wacky and nothing like visiting a traditional bingo hall, the events are now widely publicised and slightly more mainstream, although intended for a younger audience than you might expect to see playing bingo.
The Bongo's Bingo events are made up of rave intervals, dance offs, bingo with quirky prizes from Henry Hoovers to actual cash, audience participation and countless hands-in-the-air anthems. Players are even encouraged to dance on tables and to heckle the bingo callers - all of which adds up to tonnes of fun.
Launched in Liverpool two years ago the concept has become popular the world over and has run sold out events in Australia, Ibiza and Dubai. Returning to Britain for the summer there are confirmed events in Manchester and at the Blackpool Tower.
The last bingo event at the Tower Ballroom was Sun Bingo Live when they broke two world records and, in another similarity between the two very different kinds of bingo, featured entertainment from Boyzlife - Keith Duffy from Boyzone and Brian McFadden from Westlife. This duo have also featured at a number of Bongo's Bingo events over the last couple of months - most recently in Manchester in May.
A spokesman for Bongo’s Bingo said:
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“In just over two raucous years Bongo’s Bingo has become a pivotal part of the country’s cultural landscape, with wild scenes taking place each night across the UK as the team move from city to city.
“Bongo’s Bingo... challenges the more traditional concepts of going out. Is it a show? Is it a rave? Is it a club? Is it actually bingo?
“It’s a bit of them all and much more, with a very distinct identity all of its own.”
The wait is over and we can finally see the first images of the new brand from Rank Group, Luda.
This new brand has been designed to bring bingo and slots to the high street in a much more user friendly and open fashion than the behind closed doors and windows full of advertising that don't let you see inside culture of the adult gaming centres we are familiar with.
'Eat. Play. Win.' is the strapline, together with the statement 'Slots and bingo, and a great menu. Winner!'
Big prizes, bingo and slots and food and drink all come together under one nicely designed roof in easily accessible venues on the high street in city centres. The first is to be in Walsall and is due to open later in the summer of 2017, followed by Leeds and Weston-Super-Mare later in the year.
The brand is offering bingo with your lunch, with bargain prices for both; £500 slots jackpots with tea and cake and a great selection of top slot games, including Rainbow Riches, as you enjoy a wood-fired pizza.
The website is warm and exciting and we hope the venues turn out to be equally inviting to herald a new era of bingo and slots play that gets people out and about once again.See what to expect from Luda from Rank
Instant Win Gaming secures 888 partnership
While online bingo platforms have their own software on which to run the bingo, they may not have the capability to develop slots and instant games, or may only do so on a limited basis. That is where businesses such as Instant Win Gaming (IWG) come in by providing a portfolio of games that slip seamlessly onto the sites they supply for the added enjoyment of players.
IWG have been around a relatively short period of time and specialise mainly in providing scratchcard games. Following successfully providing content to Mecca Bingo and GVC Holdings brands, the firm has now announced that they have secured a deal to provide 888 Holdings with a selection of games that will appear across their online bingo network.
Leon Thomas, Chief Commercial Officer at IWG, said:
“We are thrilled to have agreed another major deal with one of the industry’s most respected operators.
“The growth 888 has been making in recent years is impressive and this agreement is an indication that operators now consider instant win games as a vital product vertical.
“We have worked closely with 888, and we are sure both parties will reap the rewards of this deal. I’m sure their players will love our range of unique instant win games.”
Heart Bingo is turning up the fun for summer 2017, with another exciting promotion for a chance to win sensational prizes, that’s fast becoming something of a tradition.
Following the popular Dream Delivery competition which took place in autumn last year and definitely gave players the feel good factor, this month sees the launch of a new fun and interactive competition called Happy Summer Plays.
This free-to-enter promotion is available to non-members, plus new and existing members, so anyone and everyone has a chance to win. To take part, members simply login to Heart Bingo and head to Happy Summer Plays on the promotions page to spin the wheel to earn a prize draw entry, to the draw the wheel lands on. Non-members can join the fun here.
Members get to spin the wheel once every day and if they spin the wheel 10 days or more, they earn a guaranteed share of the £10,000 prize pot, whilst non-members only get to spin the wheel once.
Play until Sunday 23rd July for the chance to win one of the £50,000 of prizes up for grabs including smartphones, curved TVs, £5,000 holiday vouchers and more.
While it is hard to believe that Costa Bingo has been around for 8 years, the offers and promotions are still as fresh and vibrant as when the site was brand new.
For any new players there is the £5 no deposit bonus and a nice 300% first deposit bonus and during July these funds can be put to good use in special birthday events taking place across the site.
The ones we know about so far include:
Three massive 75 ball bingo games, each with a full house prize of £1,500 of Thomas Cook vouchers. Tickets are £5 each, but Costa is giving players the chance to take part for free. During specified dates you can collect tickets as you deposit and play at the site:
Collect one ticket with every £20 deposit.
Collect one ticket with every £30 played on bingo.
First game is Wednesday 5th July at 10.30pm and you can collect cards 22nd June to 4th July.
Second chance to win is Wednesday 19th July ay 10.30pm and you can collect cards 6th July to 18th July.
Third game is on Thursday 3rd August at 10.30pm and you can collect cards 20th July to 2nd August.
Birthday Bingo Roulette
Play the Birthday Bingo Roulette games every Friday from 30th June to 28th July at 9pm. These 75 ball games cost just 5p a ticket to play and feature a guaranteed £50 full house prize. However, each game has its own set of 'lucky numbers' and if you call bingo on one of those you win £400. That's 8x the standard prize - clever eh?
This being Costa Bingo we are sure there will be much more arriving as the month progresses so join now and don't miss out.Discover more about Costa Bingo
For a long time the major complaints from players of online bingo and gaming sites have centered around high wagering requirements on any bonuses applied to accounts, withdrawal pending periods and requests for id at point of withdrawal delaying the transaction.
As of June 2017 all these areas are under close scrutiny from the UK Competition and Markets Authority and the Gambling Commission.
The CMA originally commenced its investigations into operators possibly offering unclear information about sign-up promotions and issues concerning the withdrawal of player funds in October 2016.
Following receipt of over 800 complaints enforcement action has now commenced against a number of online operators judged to be advertising unclear sign up terms and/or creating problems for players wanting to withdraw funds. Unclear and unfair terms surrounding bonus offers break current consumer protection laws.
What this may mean for players is that they will be required to provide identification at the time of commencing to play at an online bingo or gaming site, instead of waiting until it is time to withdraw, but also that there will be less confusion of what is required to benefit from any winnings from bonus funds.
While the issue of having operators be clear about the terms surrounding their offers is now being addressed, the CMA has stated that more time may be required around the issue of withdrawal terms. Issues such as high play-through requirements, unreasonably high minimum withdrawal limits and unreasonable daily or weekly withdrawal limits are all under scrutiny.
Players are invited to submit feedback to the CMA at email@example.com on these and other issues by August 31st.
The Gambling Commission also warned that alongside the CMA enforcement action, any operator that fails to comply with consumer law will be seen to be in breach of their operating licence.Read the full article here
The recent hot spell seems to have gone to the heads of the good people over at Robin Hood Bingo as they were planning the summer schedule as it is packed out with exciting games and even better giveaways.
£50,000 worth of fun is on the cards, with prizes including holidays, Amazon vouchers, laptops and iPads all waiting to be won.
There's a brand new bingo room called Summer Sizzler to keep an eye on for the best of these bingo prizes and chances to win for slots and instant fans too in events such as Friday Frenzy, Fluffy Master, and Spin a Vacation.
The Summer Sizzler room will open every Friday at 10pm and as well as buying tickets on the night players can earn them by playing selected bingo games, by playing slots in the summer theme category and by winning bingo on a SUN pattern.
There's a super new summer bonus offer for new players and with everthing that is going on now is a great time to give the site a try.See what Robin Hood Bingo has to offer
It was the hottest night of the year in more ways than one in London on Wednesday, 21st June. The weather itself reached record breaking temperatures and it was more like Lanzarote than London, but that paled into insignificance in the face of the culmination of another successful WhichBingo Awards.
The venue was the Cafe de Paris, complete with cabaret and dancing girls. Fortunately the air conditioning was in fine form as almost 200 of the great and the good of the online bingo industry gathered to find out who the lucky winners were.
The big winner of the night was Heart Bingo. The site has seen something of a transformation over the last 12 months and it is clear that players like what has been happening. Heart Bingo walked away with the awards for Best Online Bingo Community, Best Slot Game for Double Bubble and the main award of the night, Best Online Bingo Site.
Mecca Bingo won two awards and the team from Gala also took two. Ted Bingo was named as the Best New Online Bingo Site.
A full list of winners and pictures from the event can be found on our dedicated WhichBingo Awards pages.See all the WhichBingo Award winners