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Bingo News Roundup w/e 21st March

In this week’s news round-up, the majority shareholder in Buzz Bingo sells up to Intermediate Capital Group, Foxy Bingo owner (Entain) appoints a new chairman, mFortune receives a heavy fine, Las Vegas goes green for St Paddy’s Day, gambling sponsorship continues to come under fire, Scottish bingo halls finally get a date for reopening, LeoVegas plans a £15k bingo special, and Bongo’s Bingo announces a new live line-up which will allow groups of players to participate from inside pods.

For all the juicy details and more breaking news, continue reading.

Buzz Bingo clubs sold to ICG, plus there’s still time to win a car!

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After closing many of its land-based clubs last year due to the financial pinch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Buzz Bingo is hopeful that 2021 will help it regain its former glory after its majority shareholder, Caledonia Investments sold all its shares to fellow shareholder, ICG PLC.

ICG will be investing £18m into the popular bingo brand and hopes to further grow the online arm of Buzz Bingo over the coming months.

Hopefully, the move will need that no more clubs will have to close.

Players also have the chance to win a brand-new car worth £18,000 at Buzz Bingo up until 31st March.

To get your hands on a Nissan Juke, you’ll need to start collecting draw entries. You get one entry each time that you deposit £10 and spend it on bingo or slots. Head over to Buzz Bingo to take part and check out the full terms and conditions.

Entain appoints new independent chair

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The British gaming and betting operator and owner of Ladbrokes, Coral, and Foxy Bingo, Entain, has just appointed a new independent chair of its charitable foundation.

Ed Davis CBE will move into the role at the Entain Foundation following a four-year stint as governor and commander-in-chief of Gibraltar.

He will be working alongside new ambassador Franziska van Almsick, as well as the Foundation’s board of councillors to aid Entain’s “commitment to making a positive contribution to wider society by investing in the future of its customers, colleagues, and communities”.

UKGC fines mFortune owner £3.4m

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The company behind brands like mFortune, PocketWin, and MrSpin has been hit with a £3.4m fine for failing with its customer communications, money laundering, and social responsibility duties.

InTouch Games has also had its licence placed under review by the UK Gambling Commission while simultaneously being order to appoint independent auditors to assess its compliance with the UKGC’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.

“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign turned green in honour of St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day Promotions

Local authorities in the US joined forces with Tourism Ireland this week to turn the world-famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign green to mark St Patrick’s Day on 17th March.

The plan involved swapping out the sign’s existing yellow bulbs for green ones, and the vice president of the LVCVA says that the city and its many casinos are looking forward to welcoming back Irish visitors in the not-too-distant future.

Nicola Sturgeon confirms reopening date for Scottish bingo halls

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has just announced target dates for the country’s exit out of lockdown.

Bingo halls, theatres, cinemas, and outdoor adult sports will be able to return form 17th May, and the first minister says that she’ll be talking with industry leaders about venue capacity numbers over the next few weeks.

Bongo’s Bingo brings live bingo back with socially distanced pods

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Although Bongo’s Bingo is continuing to host its live weekly Twitch quizzes, it’s also hopeful of holding live physical events this spring and summer.

The company has partnered with Knowsley Social to arrange a series of weekly shows that begin on 20th May. Customers can purchase tickets for socially distanced pods that can hold up to six people.

APPG urges ITV and Channel 5 to end daytime gambling ads while Peter Shilton wants betting firms to stop sponsoring football teams

The APPG on Gambling-Related Harm is urging two primetime TV channels to cease daytime gambling sponsorships.

One of the partnerships that the APPG provided as an example is Neighbours and Gala Bingo.

The Group is concerned that programmes that are sponsored by gambling companies are activating targeting women and young people and encouraging them to gamble.

Former goalkeeper, Peter Shilton is also campaigning for a ban on betting firms sponsoring football teams after being moved by stories of people committing suicide due to gambling addiction.

LeoVegas to host special £15,000 Roll-On Game on 27th March

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LeoVegas is gearing up for an end-of-month bingo special that will see £15,000 divided between the lucky winners.

The £15,000 Roll-On game is set to take place at 9.30 PM on Saturday, 27th March 2021 in the site’s Lion’s Pride room.

As well as £3,000 for a full house, £1,250 for two lines, and £750 for one line, there’ll be ten £10,000 extra full house prizes.

Tickets for the game are on sale now at 50p each.

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