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We may have been concerned about what the changes in taxation rules relating to bonuses offered by online bingo and gaming sites would bring, but so far lots of good things have come about.
The latest operator to come up with a welcome package that still benefits the player while reducing their potential tax liability is bgo.com, incorporating bgo Bingo and their slots brand PowerSpins.
They state that they 'choose to play fair'. What that means is that all these bgo operations are now wager free - no wagering requirements, no strings and any winnings paid in cash and fully withdrawable.
To make that possible the welcome offers have been radically overhauled, but not removed completely unlike at some other sites.
At bgo.com on the casino and gaming side new players will receive 1 slot spin for every £1 of first deposit up to a £50 first deposit. These spins can be played on Aloha Cluster pays, Starburst, Shangri-La Cluster Pays, Hansel & Gretel.
At bgo Bingo new players will receive 1 Candy Club Point for every £1 of first deposit up to a £50 first deposit. Points can be redeemed and used on mini games or bingo.
At Power Spins there is also 1 spin for every £1 of first deposit up to £50, but these spins will be on Robocop, Wild Beats, Jungle Trouble and Tiki Paradise.
All winnings from these deals are paid in cash and are not capped at all. The minimum deposit for any of these welcome offers is £10.
We find ourselves in a totally new climate of welcome offers and we must get used to smaller offers and more unusual deals, but the no wagering angle is definitely one to be welcomed to sit alongside these revised offers.Learn more about bgo Bingo
Responsible Gambling Week
WhichBingo is proud to support Responsible Gambling Week - an initiative to promote responsible gambling across the whole gambling industry.
All sectors of the gambling industry, such as arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers, casinos and online, in partnership with specialist charities, GambleAware and GamCare, will come together for this unified cause from 12th - 18th October 2017.
The aim is to get people talking about responsible gambling. So with this in mind, here are some top tips to ensure you are mindful about what you are gambling with:
- Set your limits
- Only spend what you can afford
- Never chase your losses
- Don’t gamble if you’re angry or frustrated
- Never put gambling before friends and family
For more help and advice, visit our Responsible Gambling page.
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Finally, visiting a bingo hall is no longer perceived to be just an old person activity. The age range is expanding and more and more 18 to 30 year olds are recognising that a trip to the bingo is good fun and you can get a drink at a reasonable price too - you might even come away a winner just to put the icing on the cake.
To capitalise on this change and encourage it to continue, Gala Bingo Clubs have totally revamped the main game session, brought in a pink flamingo theme and promise some of the biggest prizes in the industry, including brand-new cars such as a BMW 1 Series or a BMW X5, plus jackpots of up to £20,000 on evening link games and even £6,000 in the afternoons.
This will all start on Friday 6th October, but also includes free bingo every Thursday in October starting on the 5th. Many of the bingo halls will be turned pink and the flamingo theme is set to be recurring with players encouraged to embrace the changes using #GetTheFlockToGala on social media.
To enable more people to get to the clubs to play at a time that suits them, rather than the rigid session start times of old, you will now be able to start to play at 6.45pm, 7.30pm or 8.30pm.
The sessions will move from the old 11 page books to 14 pages, with more flexible packages for customers to choose from. Members will be able to build 'Quick Picks' to control what and when they play.
Simon Shaw, chief retail Officer at Gala Bingo, said:
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“This is the biggest change to the game in years. We pride ourselves on providing our members with a product that is both enjoyable and exciting.
"By introducing this new game, it has allowed us to do just that and it gives our customers greater flexibility to enjoy bingo starting at 8.30pm rather than the traditional time of 7.30pm.
"The new game will give players the chance to win big with some of the industry’s best prizes, make the most of their night out thanks to the Quick Picks options and ensure that Gala Bingo provides the best experience for each member.”
Check out our brand new WhichBingo video guide to Jackpotjoy. Jackpotjoy has been updated to HTML5 and also has Paddy McGuinness as the face of Jackpotjoy, as the king of bingo.
In this video, we will take you through the new player offers and the sign-up process. We'll also give you a bit of background information about the Jackpotjoy's site, take a look at what games are available.
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Although there may be some doubt as to the definite scheduling of the 2017 series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here due to Ant McPartlin not yet being fully fit after his recent stint in Rehab, everything else about the show is being planned as usual.
Big television shows like I'm a Celebrity can take their pick of sponsors these days and in this instance it is tombola that has secured this particular jewel.
As they say on the site, 'the cat(erpillar) really is out of the bag.' It was not going to stay a secret for long and now we just await the leaks across online media to let us know which 'celebs' will be submitting themselves to the trials and tribulations of the jungle this year.
Phil Cronin, Chief Executive of tombola said:
“I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!” is a perfect fit for tombola, given both entertainment brands are about having fun and community.
“With 10million viewers, the show is must see viewing including in my own home, so it’s a great match for tombola, which has more players than other bingo site in the UK.
“Tombola previously sponsored Emmerdale on ITV for three years, so we’re excited to be working with the broadcaster again. This time, we’ll be using our sponsorship to support tombola arcade, which gives people the opportunity to play arcade games on the go.”
As far as tombola players are concerned they will get to see their favourite CMs subjected to the Sunderland versions of bushtucker trials and enjoy some massive promotions both on site and on the tombola Facebook page.Learn more about tombola
It may have been delayed, but Rank Group, owner of Mecca Bingo kept the faith with their Luda concept and it would appear to be justified. The 'convenience gaming' concept, bring bingo and slots to the high street in a café bar environment to entice a younger demographic seems to be taking hold.
The first Luda bingo and slots venue opened in Walsall a few months ago and following this successful launch it has been announced that branches in Weston-Super-Mare and Leeds are to follow in October and November.
The Luda brand aims to make bingo and slots play more convenient and less stigmatised, basing it around a coffee shop style enviroment. Feedback from customers at the original Walsall site it said to have been outstanding and very encouraging.
With regard to the expansion plans following news that more openings are planned for 2018, Alan Morgan, Luda managing director said,
“We’re delighted to be opening our next two Luda venues in Weston-Super-Mare and Leeds. We’re confident both new major city locations will appeal to a wide range of consumers.”
He went on,
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“The Luda brand offers a sociable place to meet, play, try new games, have a bite to eat and relax. Our aim is to develop the concept and create a chain of venues across the UK.”
Following hot on the heels of Gala Bingo and Sun Bingo to get their name into the Guinness Book of World Records we have Mecca Bingo.
Earlier this month employees from Mecca Bingo and its parent Rank Group joined forces to create a new record for the largest game of office bingo.
Mecca has its UK base in Maidenhead and that is where 235 bingo lovers from around the business came together to claim the record, easily beating the previous best of 97 set by a business in the Philippines in 2012.
Caroline Webb, spokesperson for Mecca Bingo, said:
“We had great fun coming together as a business to smash this world record – which only seems appropriate for us as one of the country’s leading bingo companies.
“Not only was this an opportunity to put our own bingo skills to the test, but it was also a great way for us to help raise further funds and awareness to support the fantastic work that carers across the UK do.”
Not only did the company create this new record, they also took the opportunity to aid further their charity partner Carers Trust. During the record attempt the staff raised more than £400 to add to the total for the year.
Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, added:
“We were delighted to hear about the Mecca Bingo and Rank Group teams fundraising success in the name of Carers Trust.
“The money raised by team combined with the amazing amounts money raised throughout the year will help Carers Trust to support thousands of unpaid carers through a grants fund, to give carers the equipment and skills they need to carry out their caring roles, whilst also ensuring that their own health and wellbeing are looked after.”
Unlike the previous records for the likes of biggest bingo balls, this record could see attempts up and down the country from big organisations looking to see their name in the Guinness Book of World Records while at the same time seeing lots of charities benefit from the events.Learn all about what Mecca Bingo has to offer