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First £10,000 Mecca Bingo Slots Tournament Has a Winner

WTG Andrew Thorpe, fan and online slots enthusiast who took home the huge £10,000 jackpot prize. Sponsored by games studio Blueprint Gaming, both online and land-based players came together for the first-ever Mecca Bingo cross-channel tournament. Let’s find out more about the big scoop!

The Magic Happened at Luton Mecca Bingo

Mecca Bingo’s Luton was the hosting venue of the grand final of the first tournament of its kind. After successfully getting through a series of qualifying rounds online and at Mecca’s venues, the 16 finalists were excited to visit the Luton branch. Who wouldn’t be if you had the chance to win a share of a juicy £25,000! £10,000 was the top prize for the overall winner.

The Night as It Happened

On the night, attendees and their guests enjoyed a lovely drinks reception before going head-to-head in a series of knockout games. Only the round’s winner would advance to the next round, though they had another chance to win because they (and their guests) could join in the hall’s main bingo session.

As the two finalists reached the final round, they each had to complete 200 spins over a 20 minute session. Before long, Andrew was crowned the winner! 

The other finalists enjoyed some extras too – their overnight stay, goodie bags, a bottle of bubbly and the chance to win again with a free bingo session the next day at the Luton venue. 

Andrew On Winning

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Aged 40, husband to Kim and father of seven, Andrew from Norwich saw promotional material for the Tournament and thought he’d take part for fun, never expecting to win.

“I expected to go out in the first round as I’m not usually that lucky! Just getting to the final was amazing but seeing my score at the end was a complete shock. I was absolutely buzzing and my heart was beating so fast. It’s such a lot of money to win!

 Thanks to everyone involved in the Slots Tournament. It was a fantastic evening, really well put together, we met some great people and the win was the icing on the cake!”.

We couldn’t be happier that Andrew is using his winnings to take his family to Spain or Greece – they’ve not been on a plane before so it will be a huge treat.

A Word from BluePrint Gaming and Mecca Bingo

On the tournament, head of Robert Lee said: “We were delighted to welcome both seasoned slots players and newcomers at our first ever cross-channel Slots Tournament. It was great to see players from across the country come together to experience the joy of what Mecca has to offer – from slots to bingo!

The whole team extends their thanks to all that took part. A special thanks to our tournament sponsors, Blueprint Gaming and of course a huge congratulations to our Slots champion, Andrew. We look forward to hosting our next tournament very soon”.

Jack Lawson, account manager at BluePrint Gaming said: “It was a pleasure to be involved with and sponsor the Mecca Bingo Slots Tournament 2024 in Luton.  Well done to everyone involved in making the whole event a huge success. We’re very much looking forward to showcasing more of our product portfolio at events in the future”.

Mecca Bingo has been busy recently launching a suite of new initiatives, including this slots tournament, Spingo which combines spin classes and bingo at its venues, line dancing classes for free, and digital Loose Women-themed scratchcards. What’s next? Watch this space.

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Esther Barnett Rubin


Esther Rubin With a career spanning TV production to writing taglines for pet food, Esther now finds time to write about online bingo and mobile gaming between school runs, crime documentaries, and spotting clever copy in ad campaigns. She works hard to ensure the bingo community is a fair and safe space that supports happy bingo experiences.

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