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22nd July, 2008

Ladbrokes are completely updating their bingo website and the new version will be appearing on a computer screen near you towards the beginning of August, 2008. The site has a great new look and feel (see the sneaky preview below) and still offers the same great bingo rooms, games and prizes.

If you're ready to get stuck in, you can bypass the lobby and go directly to a game from the homepage. You will also be able to find the games that you want to play easily - for example, you can sort by which games start next, or which games offer the biggest prizes!

There are a whole host of new player features, so why not take a look. Remember, all new Ladbrokes Bingo players who deposit and spend £10 get £20 worth of bingo - free. What are you waiting for?

Check out www.ladbrokesbingo.com!

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12th December, 2007

Margaret Ann Venables, a player with Gala Bingo in Fenton, scooped 50% of the £437,104 jackpot. The other 50% was shared equally amongst the other players in the hall that day - so all the other players took home about £1200. The jackpot Margaret won was called a "High 5" - a special jackpot that is won if a player gets a full house finishing on the number 5.

12th December, 2007

Rank has scrapped its final divident, blaming ongoing problems with its bingo and casino empire. Admissions were down for both its bingo halls and its casinos, although the woes were felt more deeply in its bingo sector where admissions were down 15% since September 1st, 2007. However, the bingo revenues are now showing signs of stabilization.

2nd November, 2007

Bingo halls around the UK are suffering from reduced income since the UK smoking ban was introduced and regulations applying to slot machines were altered. During the breaks, players are now going outside to have a smoke instead of staying inside and playing on the slot machines. Earlier in the year, Mecca Bingo closed 11 of its clubs as they had not been making enough money.

Dan Waugh, a director of Rank Group which owns Mecca Bingo stated:

“We take about 30% of revenue from slot machines and that has been affected by people going outside to smoke,” he added.

“However, a bigger problem is that we have been forced to remove our most popular machines from the club.

“Part of the reason is not just the smoking ban, but also that bingo is the most heavily taxed form of gambling and we just don’t understand the government’s policy.

“The Bingo Association estimates that one in three bingo clubs will close and there has been research to show that when this happens there will be a huge social effect in the community.”

However, a spokesman for the Treasury said that bingo was taxed in the same way as other gambling and that taxation was not the cause of the problems. A usual non sympathetic response from an unsympathetic government. Don't they realise they'll get no tax if the bingo halls close?

Meanwhile, the local bingo hall in Belper, Derbyshire, has closed after having served the local community for 37 years. A spokesman for Bingorama said that recent pressures such as the smoking ban and high taxes made the business unviable.

26th October, 2007

A woman who won over £100,000 in a bingo jackpot does not have to share the money with her friends, the court of appeal has ruled. Tania Burnett won £101,211 at the Gala Bingo club in Plymouth and it was alleged that she had agreed to share any winnings over £10 with her two former friends. However, the judge ruled that a "casual conversation" between the women that had happened a week earlier could not be considered to be a legally binding agreement. Apparently Ms Burnett has now told her former friends to "Get Stuffed!".

It is a shame that the taxpayers couldn't do the same, as the two friends, Stacey Wilson and Abigail Stacey, received tens of thousands of pounds of legal aid to fund their claim.

23rd October, 2007

The lucky folks who play bingo at Lutterworth cricket Pavilion in Leicestershire have received some up to date bingo technology donated by the Round Table. They now have a PA system and a bingo random number generator that displays the numbers on a large screen. No doubt the OAPs, who pay 50p a time to play, will still say that it's the same old numbers being called again and again..

23rd October, 2007

The £50,000 national bingo jackpot has been won by a 28 year old woman from Widnes. Her previous biggest win had been £2,400.

23rd October, 2007

The lucky folks who play bingo at Lutterworth cricket Pavilion in Leicestershire have received some up to date bingo technology donated by the Round Table. They now have a PA system and a bingo random number generator that displays the numbers on a large screen. No doubt the OAPs, who pay 50p a time to play, will still say that it's the same old numbers being called again and again.

23rd October, 2007

Bingo halls are making reduced profits at the moment. There are a number of factors including the recently introduced smoking ban in the UK. Also, there are new restrictions on gaming machines that were introduced as a result of the 2005 Gambling Act. Section 21 of the act limits the number of high-value jackpot machines a venue can have.

23rd October, 2007

The first Scottish bingo millionairess, Margaret Shearer, is still playing the game up to four times a week. She vowed that the win would not change her.

17th October, 2007

The second Scottish bingo millionairess, Jean McCullagh, has had her winnings frozen by a judge. She apparently agreed to split any winnings with her two sister-in-laws, but reneged on the deal afterwards. Nevertheless, the bingo hall at which she plays, the Mecca bingo hall at Parkhead Forge in Glasgow, is said to be the luckiest bingo hall in the country after it produced two millionaire winners in just four weeks.

 

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