This week, we’ve seen operators across the bingo industry (as well as ones operating in the sports betting, poker and casino sectors) unite for Safer Gambling Week – an annual event that aims to educate the general public about the importance of setting limits and staying in control. As this year’s campaign comes to an end, many operators remained committed to helping their customers play responsibly 365 days a year as will be seen in some of the stories that we’re covering this week.
We’ve also learned that Mecca Bingo in Luton will be reopening in time for Christmas and how one lucky player at a Buzz Bingo club has landed a massive jackpot. A new online bingo platform could soon be seen here in the UK thanks to END 2 END while Jackpotjoy owner Gamesys plans to extend its offering with titles from HungryBear.
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BGC highlights the importance of playing responsible all year round
The saying “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas” has been compared to how one member of the Betting and Gaming Council feels about safer gambling.
Gemma Burge, who’s Head of UK Safer Gambling Policy, Strategy and Risk at William Hill, wants to ensure that the lessons learned from this year’s Safer Gambling Week “are weaved into everything we do”.
She also says that operators want to “normalise safer gambling so that it’s part of the betting experience”, and William Hill is currently working with the charity YGAM to find out how best to approach customers when sensitive information or documents are required.
A League of Their Own cast visit bingo hall
The stars of TV’s “A League of Their Own” have been spotted enjoying a game of bingo as part of an upcoming episode.
Sporting legends Jamie Redknapp, Freddie Flintoff, and Tyson Fury took their seats at Buzz Bingo in Morecambe among members of the public to try and score a win. While we’re unaware whether the trio managed to bag themselves a prize, we did have a laugh watching the bingo club’s video of the boys singing “American Pie” after the game ended.
GamCare says operators must do more to promote safer gambling
As Safer Gambling Week comes to a close, the CEO of GamCare is concerned that the British public thinks that gambling firms are not ‘doing their part” to help players gamble responsibly.
Her comments follow a YouGov survey that asked over 1,500 people what measures they take to gamble safely. It revealed that just less than 40% maintain spending limits while only 28% of respondents agreed that “gambling businesses are doing enough to ensure customers play safely”.
GamCare remains hopeful that the government review of the 2005 Gambling Act will help to “bring about the changes that people want to see”.
Foxy Bingo launches live trivia quizzes
Ever the innovator, Foxy Bingo has introduced an exciting new entertainment experience for its members that will see it host bi-weekly live trivia quizzes until the end of the year.
Both non-funded and funded players can get involved for free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30 PM, and there are 10 questions to answer. If you answer a question incorrectly, it’s game over until the next quiz takes place, but if you manage to answer all 10 questions correctly, you receive a share of £1,000 cash.
END 2 END granted UKGC licence
The software provider END 2 END may soon be challenging online bingo platforms such as Dragonfish and Virtue Fusion after being granted a UK licence by the Gambling Commission.
The company’s software solution can be used both online and offline and it supports networked bingo rooms as well as social bingo features. See the full story here.
Mecca Bingo Luton reopening announced
This December, bingo players in Luton are set to receive an early Christmas present as the town’s much-loved Mecca Bingo club reopens its doors.
The venue has just been revamped with a fresh new look, and it also plans to widen its entertainment value by introducing pop-up events, live music, and bottomless brunches.
Since Mecca Bingo was able to reopen its clubs in May, it’s reported that footfall has increased which is excellent news for the operator considering that it’s celebrating its 60th birthday this year.
Other Mecca clubs will also benefit from a heightened playing experience thanks to new games being added to the daily schedule, Bonkers Bingo events, live DJs and even Gin and Jazz Sundays.
Buzz Bingo player scoops £50k jackpot
The Buzz Special Jackpot has crowned another lucky winner this week after a regular player at Buzz Bingo’s Medway club scored the operator’s £50,000 jackpot.
The lady who lives in Rochester in Kent was playing at the Medway Valley Park venue, and considering she’s been visiting the club since it first opened, we can’t think of a more worthy winner.
The club’s general manager says that “everyone was cheering from their seats” and that the staff and management “couldn’t be happier” for the lucky winner.
UKGC report shows that credit card ban is working well
Since a ban on the use of credit cards for gambling was introduced in April 2020 following concerns that some people were getting into debt by spending money that they couldn’t afford to lose, the UK Gambling Commission has received positive feedback from consumers.
The UKGC’s latest report on the ban says that many people believe that it helps them “to gamble within their means and retain control”. The Commission also says that since introducing the ban, there have not been any concerning side effects such as a spike in ATM withdrawals.
Gamesys partners with HungryBear
The operator behind big-name bingo brands like Jackpotjoy and Double Bubble Bingo has just joined forces with an up-and-coming casino games studio called HungryBear.
HungryBear has committed to creating exclusive online games that will be distributed on Gamesys’ platform. It has also developed an exciting new multiplayer game which will go live at Gamesys’ UK brands next month.