In this week’s news round-up, England’s latest lockdown means that bingo halls and casinos must close again, NetEnt launches three new live dealer games, 32Red Bingo shuts for good, the UKGC starts a consultation process to help identify vulnerable players, The Rank Group looks for investments to help it through lockdown, and Foxy Bingo unveils new promotion to tie in with its 15th birthday celebrations.
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Bingo halls and casinos shut in England until 2nd Dec
Entertainment venues across England were closed from Thursday, 5th November following the UK government’s decision to introduce a second national lockdown.
The affected businesses once again include bingo halls and casinos, as well as amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, theme parks, funfairs, indoor sports stadiums, zoos, aquariums, theatres, cinemas, museums, concert halls, and cultural and heritage sites.
High street shops are also subject to the new lockdown measures if they are considered non-essential businesses – however, check your favourites as they may be offering click and collect services with zero contact.
It is hoped that bingo halls will be allowed to reopen on 2nd December if the lockdown is not extended, or if strict local tiers do not make it possible.
Rank Group taps investors for new funds as lockdown begins
Mecca Bingo’s owner, The Rank Group, has been speaking to investors this week in the hope that it can gain new funds as it prepares to take a financial hit due to the second English lockdown. Rank has been the most vocal operator in respect of the adverse financial effects of these preventative lockdowns.
Lockdown bingo event in Grangemouth raises over £3300 for Scottish hospices
A virtual online bingo event in Grangemouth, Scotland has managed to raise over £3,300 for local hospices.
The organisers of Jamie and Fraser’s Lockdown Bingo have been hosting Facebook Live bingo sessions since the original lockdown in March 2020.
This week, they head to Baltic Quay to stream their live fundraiser, with Jamie (a professional bingo caller) dressing up as The X-Factor’s Susan Boyle.
The funds that the pair raised are to be passed to Children’s Hospices across Scotland and Stratchcarron Hospice.
YGAM extends its frontline services for youths via training alliance
YGAM (The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust) has created a new “training alliance” with the Yorkshire Sport Foundation and StreetGames (a youth sports charity) with the aim of preventing gambling and gaming harms among young people.
The “bespoke training sessions” offered by YGAM will allow the two charities to provide their volunteers with the tools required to identify problem behaviours and risks while engaging with Britain’s youths.
UKGC opens public consultation on identifying vulnerable customers
The UK Gambling Commission has opened a new public consultation that it hopes will help it to develop stricter and clearer requirements for gambling operators.
It’s hoped that industry stakeholders, as well as the public, will provide valuable input into the consultation process, allowing the Commission to expand its licensing requirements to include more responsibility on operators to identify and register vulnerable players.
NetEnt adds speed baccarat tables to its Live suite
NetEnt has just released its first live baccarat casino game to strengthen its already impressive live dealer suite.
The game offers players a choice of three different tables, all of which use the speed baccarat format. Two are hosted in a real studio while the other is a standalone table that uses the software developer’s chroma key technology which allows casino operators to tailor it to fit their brand.
BGC says UK Government must guarantee a December reopening for gambling industry
The Betting and Gaming Council has contacted the UK government, asking for assurance that gambling venues and betting shops will be allowed to reopen on 2nd December when the English lockdown ends.
The BGC calls for a “science-led approach” this time around, after bingo halls, betting shops, and casinos were not permitted to reopen alongside non-essential business at the end of the first lockdown in June 2020.
Foxy Bingo celebrates turning 15 with a massive birthday bash
It’s crazy to think that Foxy Bingo has been in business for almost 15 years!
To celebrate, the popular UK bingo brand is pulling out all the stops with a series of promotions that include a £15k Birthday Bash Slider, Foxy’s Party Cards, £15k Bday Everybody Wins, and Foxy’s Birthday Surprise.
You can find more details of the prizes and terms and conditions on the Foxy Bingo website.
32Red Bingo has closed
We were sad to discover that 32Red Bingo has permanently closed its doors, following the decision by Microgaming to retire its online bingo platform.
As the 32Red Bingo website says, “All good things must come to an end”, and as of 28th October 2020, it suggests that its members check out its slots or Slingo games instead.