Early August Round Up

Well, been busy with a few more holiday things, and a few stories have slipped under my posting radar. Without further ado here’s a quick round up on the interesting stories from the last week.

First up, not long after Gala’s Kerchingo created the first online bingo millionaire – there’s news of another massive jackpot win, this time over at Mecca Bingo. This week, Jacqui from Hornchurch scooped a massive £140,000 on the MegaBallBooster Jackpot by calling the game on less than 33 numbers (wow!) All in all, that’s two superb wins and lots of great publicity for the game as a result.

A few sites have picked up on the Wales On Sunday report on the troubles the smoking ban are causing Bingo halls in Wales, echoing the troubles at the start of the ban in Scotland, one north Wales club has reported a drop of business of between 20 and 25%. In a case of Chinese whispers, other sites are reporting it as a Wales wide problem. We’re yet to see more evidence elsewhere in the country, so let’s keep an eye out for more in this area. Little news from the halls of England yet on losses, let’s see how it goes and not forget things have improved in Scotland slightly.

In Ulverston, there’s news of the fate of the Roxy Bingo Hall, which closed down earlier this year. It seems it’ll a place where rather than going to shout house, you’ll be going to carpet the house. As ever, it’s a real shame to see these classy old halls go.

Following the devastating floods that hit a large part of the country at the end of July, we must shout hats off to players at Gala Bingo who’ve been doing their bit to raise funds for people who’ve been affected by the disaster. £20,000 was raised in charity collections across the companies 171 clubs on Sunday 5th August. The money will be used by the Red Cross as part of its flood appeal. Good going!

Elsewhere, there’s News that BSkyB are planning their own interactive Bingo offering. There’s details at Brand Republic (registration required) that the company are looking for an agency to help the promote the Sky Bingo’s launch. Following on from GalaTV and BigBoxBingo, it can only be a matter of time before the TV world is as saturated with Bingo as the online world! Sky’s Bingo offering will fit in alongside Sky Bet, Skypoker.com and interactive TV casino and entertainment channel Sky Vegas.

And finally, the DCMS has announced more about the gambling site advertising ban which will effect a number of online bingo sites. Whilst it’s a lot clearer about who can advertise, there’s still a lot of confusion around the web side of it.

That said, the move to block companies and sites that don’t meet strict UK guidelines should be seen as a positive move for the industry, giving players the sort of authority and confidence they need to know they are getting a top notch Bingo offering that’s fair and safe-guarded. There will be a period of confusion at the start of the advertising ban, but hopefully, before to long things will become clearer.

And there we have it, another busy Bingo week. Who ever said things went quiet in the Summer obviously doesn’t know much about the Bingo world. Phew!

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