Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Tag: Bingo

New Mecca Luton receives acclaim as “bingo hall of the future”

Mecca Luton reopening
Following the multi-million pound revamp of Mecca Luton, the recently-reopened club has been welcomed by the local press, which hailed the venue as being “unlike anything else in the area.”

Bingo Association chief executive Miles Baron joins Dabbers judging panel

Bingo Association chief executive Miles Baron joins Dabbers judging panel
The entertainment value of bingo will be centre stage when four exotically named finalists battle it out for the title Dabber’s ‘Next Top Bingo Caller’.

NRM build for success completing two additions to its Development Team

NRM Group Appointments
With a strong product portfolio and a commitment to stand alongside its customers NRM is looking to the future.

National Bingo Day returns with £100,000 prize jackpot

National Bingo Day
National Bingo Day is to return this year on 27 June, with clubs across the country taking part to raise money for charity and compete for a share of a £100,000 prize.

Carlton Bingo shareholders hand company ownership to employees

Carlton Bingo
Carlton Bingo is now Scotland’s largest employee-owned company, after its four major shareholders handed control of the firm’s ten clubs to its 209 members of staff.

Operators join forces once again for National Bingo Day

National Bingo Day
Operators from both retail and online will collaborate for National Bingo Day on 27 June, launching a host of exclusive games, events, activities and promotions in the week leading up to the big day.

Bingo predominantly ‘happy pastime’, says GamCom chief – but it can still cause harm

industry Bingo Association Gambling Commission Andrew Rhodes
Two thirds of bingo is still in-person - a testament to its inherently positive sociable appeal - the gambling regulator Andrew Rhodes told delegates of the Bingo Association’s AGM. But the increasingly prohibitive chief sees danger everywhere: more must be done to reduce its potential for harm he told the assembled delegates.

Bongo’s Bingo to host XL events at Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Bongo's Bingo XL Liverpool
Bongo’s Bingo is to hold its largest events yet at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre, with two new nights entitled “Bongo’s Bingo XL presents 90s Forever” taking place this summer.

Machine gaming duty receipts up by third and bingo’s doubled as recovery continues

Machine Gaming Duty receipts up by third
The ongoing progress of the retail gaming sector’s recovery has been recorded by HMRC statistics showing the amount of tax paid via Machine Gaming Duty increased by 32.7 percent for the 2021-2022 financial year, while the amount of bingo duty paid by operators increased by 100.3 percent.

Merkur Bingo Cricklewood pull-out all of the stops with first themed Polish night

Merkur Bingo Cricklewood Polish themed night
If great retail is in the detail, then the team at Merkur Bingo in Cricklewood deserve an award. Their recent Polish night ticked all of the boxes in terms of authenticity and delivering value for money entertainment: so much so that the plan is to deliver a series of themed evenings and broaden the customer-base attending the club in north west London.

Commission chief makes first trip to Merkur and Admiral AGCs

Andrew Rhodes tweet AGC visit
With face-to-face business finally resuming, the Gambling Commission's chief executive Andrew Rhodes joined Bacta’s John White on his first in-person visit to an adult gaming centre.

Mecca Luton reopens with VIP party

Mecca Bingo Luton reopens with VIP party
Mecca Bingo Luton threw open its doors last week with a star-studded Grand Opening event to welcome players back to the newly-refurbished venue.

Mr P’s Classic Amusements to restore Noble’s bingo “beast”

multiplayer bingo Mr P's Classic Amusements Bognor
A massive 20-player prize bingo machine, once a centrepiece of Nobles Amusements in Bridlington, is now under the care of Mr P’s Classic Amusements, with the operator thanking Jason Noble for allowing Mr P’s to take the “old beast” down to its Bognor FEC.

Bongo’s Bingo to make Brixton debut

The Electric Brixton debut Bongo's Bingo
Bongo’s Bingo has announced three new dates at Electric Brixton for April, the first time the eclectic bingo night has played the south London venue.

Club 3000 ‘hit the jackpot’ with new lease at in-demand leisure area

Club 3000 Blackpool Festival Leisure Park
Club 3000 will be heading for Blackpool’s Festival Leisure Park next year. Specialist leisure agency C J White Associates Ltd have secured a new 15- year lease for the bingo operator, subject to the development of the unit.

Plans submitted for new Southampton bingo hall

plans submitted for new Southampton bingo hall
Southampton City Council planners are considering plans to convert the ground floor of a former Lloyds TSB building in the city centre into a bingo hall.

Cowells Arrow launches new bingo product Clubmate

Cowells Arrow launches Clubmate product
Cowells Arrow has announced the launch of a new club-focused bingo product, aimed at increasing both engagement and revenue in the club market.

Nick Aaron: “There’s rarely evidence of premises causing such problems to justify the further controls being mooted”

Nick Arron Poppleston Allen licences
Nick Arron, Partner & Gambling team lead at gambling licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen, tackles the high profile issue of the moment for high street operators: should local authorities have greater control over which types of business can operate in their towns? In an atmosphere of escalating hysteria about gambling, the discussion is not aided by inaccurate information passed off as evidence by the councils. Arron helps clear the path for a better understanding.

Novomatic Gaming UK’s Thaumic cabinet turns heads at EAG

Novomatic Gaming UK NGUK EAG 2022 Thaumic cabinet
Despite a stuttering start to 2022 due to Omicron, Novomatic Gaming UK pulled out all the stops to ensure that its presence at EAG would be unforgettable, the company’s director of sales Kevin Temple explains.

Ryan Swain hosts No Limits Bingo in Barrow

Ryan Swain hosts No Limits Bingo in Barrow
Celebrity Ryan Swain hosted a night of unconventional bingo in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria on 19 February.

Club 3000 to launch two new venues with £7million refurb spend

Club 3000 Bingo investment Kilmarnock and Blackpool
The UK’s third largest bingo operator has invested £7m in new venues in Kilmarnock and Blackpool, with both due to be opened this year. 2022 is looking good for Club 3000 Bingo.

Andrew Ludlow: ‘Our most important EAG for a generation and a product line-up bursting with innovation’

NRM Flexi-Tab EAG 2022
Innovation takes centre stage for NRM at this year’s EAG with Flexi-Tab, its new self-service tablet solution, making its debut at the London show.

Novomatic Gaming UK unveils Fortune Fishing on B3

Novomatic Gaming UK Fortune Fishing
Novomatic Gaming UK has debuted its latest B3 title. Fortune Fishing is available on both the NovoLine B3 platform as the new February release, as well as the new Magic Games Premium HD 49 title game pack.

Shipleys to open new Mansfield bingo hall

Shipleys to open new Mansfield bingo hall
Shipleys is to convert a former butcher’s shop in central Mansfield into a new 24-hour AGC and bingo hall, after Mansfield District Council approved its ambitious conversion plans.

‘The most magical Game Pack on the market”: NOVOMATIC launch latest Magic Games compendium

Novomatic Magic Games compendium
NOVOMATIC Gaming UK have released their latest Magic Games Premium HD™ game compendium across AGC and bingo slot floors in the UK. And they’re very pleased with the offering.

“An end to a proud history”: Edward Thompson to close after 155 years

Edward Thompson to close after 155 years
Heritage bingo printer Edward Thompson is to close its Sunderland plant in March with the loss of 53 jobs, as the effect of covid brings trade to a standstill after 155 years.

Cowells Arrow targets UK market with AMS acquisition

Cowells Arrow acquisition AMS Automatic Machine Services
After 62 years of ownership by the Jarrett family, Automated Machine Services has been sold to Arrow International subsidiary Cowells Arrow, which has taken aim at the UK gaming machine market with the intention of adding its existing US products to AMS’ current offering to customers.

Rob Peché: ‘OKTO is delivering a market-leading payments experience underpinned by an unswerving commitment to safer gaming’

Rob Peché interview OKTO cashless payment solution
Rob Peché began his association with the industry working as an engineer on Brighton Palace Pier. Following a career path that has involved senior positions with organisations including Inspired, SG Gaming, William Hill and Gala Coral he joined fintech specialists OKTO at the beginning of the year. His challenge is to grow the brand’s market-leading status across the UK gaming ecosystem.

“The profile of the GC and how they position themselves right now is uncomfortable”

Gambling Commisson APBGG report Anonymous Bingo Operator response
Life has been hard for bingo operators over the past two years; Covid, and more importantly the policies designed to protect us from it, has only served to drag the sector into difficult territory. Whilst there were many offering a supportive hand, there was one notable stakeholder that refused: the Gambling Commission. This bingo operator, anonymous for obvious reasons, believes the regulator needs to rethink its processes and take stock of the APBGG report.

“We’ve got big plans”: Bongo’s Bingo confident of growth in 2022

Bongos Bingo confident of 2022 growth
Experiential bingo event group Bongo’s Bingo is looking ahead to a positive 2022, as co-founder Joshua Burke observes “customer confidence is coming back quickly.”