Bingo News Round Up – Conversions, Sales And Taxes

Been a few interesting stories around the last week or so that I haven’t touched on, so I thought I’d just quickly mention them all in one go, headline style. First, news of the fate of two old halls, both of which have been closed for some time.

Firstly, the Hayweights Bingo hall in Musselburgh, which closed 2 years ago will be re-opening as an Art Deco style pub. The owners JD Wetherspoon have been granted a drinks license and will be beginning the conversion shortly. Another closed hall, the grade II listed Mecca Bingo Club in Kilburn High Road will be converted the into a church.

There’s more takeover news in the online bingo world, leading Bingo software supplier Parlay received a second proposal from the PEIC Acquisition Corp, who are keen to buy them. I won’t go into the detail of their proposal, you can read the full press release from Parlay here. Still no news that I’ve spotted on the potential takeover of Virtue Fusion by Playtech though, or the Rank Group, come to that.

There’s been a couple of editorial pieces on the tax burden of the game. First up The Blackpool Gazette has an article on the impact of the tax on the game. It goes on to mention that two local MPs have put their names to the early day motions tabled to reform the taxing of the game. The Dundee Evening post also features and article which looks at the problems locally.

And finally, the UK’s biggest ever Bingo prize winner (£1.1 million,) Christine Bradfield has returned to work at the petrol station that employs her, despite being a millionaire. I wonder how long she’ll stick that out!

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