This week, Bingo Idol and Kozmo Bingo retire, Grosvenor Casino helps to feed the homeless and vulnerable in London, the Betting and Gaming Council launches a new gambling awareness campaign, the UK Gambling Commission issues a massive £450,000 fine, Chit Chat Bingo celebrates its birthday, and Bingo Revolution gets ready to bring its party bingo experience to a popular seaside resort. Two industry giants are set to merge and others are in trouble with the regulators.
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Playtech takeover bid by Australian operator Aristocrat confirmed
In shock news this week software supplier Playtech, famous for its sports betting and online gaming platforms has received a huge bid from Australian counterpart Aristocrat. The total bid is valued at £2.7bn and the merger of the two firms would create one of the largestB2B gaming platforms in the world and create a formidable market leader. It’s not quite a done deal – the purchase is still reliant upon the approval of at least 75% of Playtech shareholders. However as the bid represents a 58% premium of the closing share price prior to the announcement, it’s likely this will be just a formality.
Entain extends deal with customer personalisation partner
Entain has previously used Graphyte’s services to introduce real-time recommendations and offers to customers based on their playing style, and it will now extend the personalisation platform to five of its other brands (Cheeky Bingo, Gala Spins, Gala Casino, Foxy Bingo, Foxy Games and Gala Bingo).
Big Time Gaming launches Pirate Pays Megaways with Unibet
Pirate Pays Megaways will then be rolled out to other online bingo and casino sites from 27th October 2021.
The swashbuckling new game is packed with special features including mega-triggers, stacked wilds, free spins, mystery chests, and win multipliers. Plus, the number of paylines can reach up to 117,649.
BGO Entertainment has UK operating licence suspended by the UKGC
On Friday, 15th October BGO Entertainment had its UK licence suspended by the UK Gambling Commission as the latter carries out a review of the operator under section 116 of the Gambling Act 2005.
Brands affected are bgo.com, powerspins.com, vegasluck.com, m.bgo.com and chilli.com, but players can still access their accounts to withdraw any funds that might be sitting there.
The main reasons cited for the suspension pending further investigation are that activities may have been carried out contrary to the Act, not in accordance with licence conditions and that the Licensee may be unsuitable to carry on licensed activities.
A bad day indeed for BGO Entertainment!
Grosvenor Casino donates 25,000 free meals to Londoners
A leading casino in London’s Russell Square has managed to deliver 25,000 meals across the capital since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.
The team at Grosvenor Casino has “worked tirelessly” alongside local organisations such as St Mary’s Hospital, AgeUK and The Salvation Army to cook up freshly prepared meals as part of the Hospitality Against Homelessness campaign.
The casino’s general manager says that he’s “proud of all the kitchen team and the delivery staff” and that their hard work has also helped the business to donate meals to local key workers.
Bingo Revolution heads to Weston in November
The seaside resort of West Super-Mare is one of 28 locations that will be treated to the Bingo Revolution experience this year.
The event will be taking place on Saturday, 12th November 2021 at Buzz Bingo in Gallagher Retail Park where regular players and newcomers are invited to take part in an alternative bingo experience.
According to the owner of Bingo Revolution, guests can look forward to a night of “dancing, laughing and dabbing”, as well as a range of prizes including cash, tins of baked beans, kettles and inflatable dinosaurs.
Quality Bingo replaces Bingo Idol and Kozmo Bingo
Tau Gaming, which owns a range of online bingo brands, has confirmed that it will be closing two of its bingo sites this month.
Bingo Idol (which launched in April 2019) and Kozmo Bingo (which opened in late 2017) will both be retired and replaced by a newly developed brand called Quality Bingo.
Tau Gaming sites have become increasingly popular for their wager-free offers, and at the new Quality Bingo site, you can claim an exclusive welcome package through WhichBingo that gives you 800 free bingo tickets and 25 free spins when you deposit and spend £10.
BGC launches Take Time To Think campaign
The Betting and Gaming Council has just launched a new campaign called “Take Time to Think” as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage customers to take advantage of safer gambling tools.
The “take time to think” message will replace the current “when the fun stops, stop” campaign, and the BGC hopes that it will prove more effective in getting players to consider using tools such as self-exclusion, time-outs and deposit limits.
Chit Chat Bingo turns 11
It’s hard to believe 888’s Dragonfish-powered bingo site, Chit Chat Bingo is turning 11 and to celebrate, it’s offering new customers extra freebies on top of the usual welcome package.
To claim your birthday treat from ChitChat you must register valid debit card details when signing up to release the deal and then when you make a first deposit even more great things are revealed.
This is one site where you will find plenty of exclusives to keep you entertained and if you’re interested in becoming a member of Chit Chat Bingo or you’d like to find out more about the offers and their terms and conditions, check out our review of the site!
Land-based casino hit with £450k fine
The UK Gambling Commission has ordered VGC Leeds Limited to pay £450,000 after an investigation into one of its casinos found that the company had failed to take sufficient social responsibility and anti-money laundering measures.
The Commission reminded other operators that it won’t “hesitate to take action” against those who fail to follow the rules that it has put in place to enable safer gambling and prevent gambling from being a source of crime.