Live Bingo Turnover Increases

There is no doubt that the live  bingo industry in the UK is downsizing with the spate of bingo halls closing but gaming sales are up, according to a report by the Gambling Commission.

The report showed that there are now 675 UK bingo halls,  run by 222 operators on March 31st 2008, with Gala and Mecca owning over 40% of the clubs between them.

It has though been well publicised that closures of bingo halls have been widespread with revenues still suffering following the 2007 smoking ban and the increase of taxes on bingo clubs.

Today  the number of bingo halls had fallen by just over five per cent to 641, while the number of operators had fallen almost three per cent to 216.

Mecca Bingo and Gala Bingo remain the top two owners, claiming 15.9% and 24.6% of the existing clubs, respectively.

Independent and smaller operators own 48% of clubs, while other top owners include Top Ten Bingo, Carlton, Riva Bingo and Buckingham Bingo.

Despite the closures of bingo halls, gross gaming sales from April 2008 to March 2009 increased by 4.6 per cent on the previous year.