In this week’s news round-up, Gala Live is set to welcome singer Sam Bailey while members of MrQ can play 11 new Microgaming slots. There’s also a potential takeover on the cards at Gamesys, and Mecca Bingo is giving away Amazon vouchers to randomly chosen people that complete its latest survey. Meanwhile, the Betting and Gaming Council is helping to care for racing greyhounds and the UK Gambling Commission is getting ready to reveal its new website.
For all the juicy details and more breaking news, continue reading.
Sam Bailey returns to Gala Live this April
Following The GC’s (a.k.a. Gemma Collins) appearance at Gala Bingo earlier this week, the site is getting ready to give a warm welcome to one of the biggest success stories from The X-Factor.
Sam Bailey will be appearing in the Main Event room at Gala Bingo on Thursday, 8th April and, while further details have yet to be released, we’re hoping that she’ll be treating us to a live vocal performance.
Plus, Thursday night also happens to be Ton Up night at Gala, which means that every main game will offer a £100 full house prize!
Bally to buy-out Gamesys?
The US-based casino operator Bally looks set to takeover Gamesys for a massive £2 billion.
Gamesys, which owns both Virgin Games and Jackpotjoy, has wanted to crack the US sports betting market for some time and has, therefore, agreed to the proposition. However, the deal has yet to be approved by Gamesys’ shareholders and regulators.
If the acquisition is given the green light, the company’s shareholders would receive 1.850 pence per share in cash.
MrQ adds Microgaming slots
The bespoke online bingo brand, MrQ has just added 11 new slots to its game lobby.
All 11 titles come courtesy of Microgaming and its partners such as Slingshot Studios, Alchemy Gaming, and Gameburger Studios, and they include Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Book of Oz, and the world-famous progressive jackpot slot Mega Moolah.
Since entering an agreement with Pariplay in late 2020, MrQ has managed to double the number of slots that it offers.
BGC aids animal welfare projects
Members of the Betting and Gaming Council have been helping to raise extra funds for animal welfare projects.
The Council has recently signed up to support The British Greyhound Racing Fund, the latter of which is aiming to raise an extra £1m per year to help rehome retired greyhounds and fund animal welfare schemes.
The BGC’s chairman, Brigid Simmonds says that it’s “vitally important that 100% of members of the BGC who benefit from income from greyhound racing also support the industry, and in particular, dog welfare”.
UKGC is working on a new website
A message on the UK Gambling Commission’s website confirms that a new site will be “gradually” taking its place with effect from 22nd March.
Although visitors will still be able to read previous press releases and news articles on the old website, they will need to go to the new Beta website to view any new content.
Having looked at the new website, we can confirm that it sports a green rather than blue colour scheme, the search box is more prominent, and the news articles are laid out in a newspaper-style format.
One of the breaking stories at the time of our visit regards regulatory action that the Commission is taking over the online casino operator, Casumo. It states that the company must pay a £6m fine and “undergo extensive auditing” after the Commission identified several flaws in its anti-money laundering and social responsibilities policies.
Former Buzz Bingo club in Wolverhampton becomes a storage depot and old bingo hall in Pontypridd could open as a hotel
Buzz Bingo Wolverhampton was one of 26 venues that Buzz Bingo was forced to close for good in 2020 due to the ongoing financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it looks as though it could reopen as a storage and distribution centre for a national property company.
Another former bingo hall and nightclub in Pontypridd, Wales has not been so lucky. It is set for demolition after the local council approved plans for the site to be redeveloped as a new hotel. Work is expected to start on the site this week.
Complete Mecca Bingo’s new survey for a chance to win an Amazon voucher
The Mecca Bingo blog often contains exciting competitions and bingo-related polls that you won’t find on the main website.
This week, the operator has published a brand-new survey, and those who complete it could win one of 10 Amazon vouchers worth £10.
The survey asks players, “What did you miss the most?” as we mark the one-year anniversary of the UK going into lockdown. It includes two quick questions relating to what type of days and nights out that you’ve not been able to do, and if you enter your name and email address before you submit your answers, you could be picked as a lucky winner!
Plus, if you’re looking for inspiration on where to go once lockdown restrictions are eased, there’s another blog post called “Places to Visit Post Lockdown” that includes five of the UK’s top holiday destinations.
That’s a mixed pot of stories this week, but just goes to show things never stand still when it comes t bingo.