Don’t Get Bingo Scammed

If you are thinking of playing online bingo, it is important to take the proper steps to make sure that you are on a legitimate site and not about to become a victim of an elaborate scam.  Anytime you have to enter your personal information, there is always a chance that it could wind up in the hands of the wrong people.  However, there are steps you can take in order to protect yourself against scams while still having a good time and hopefully winning some money in the progress.

 

Before depositing any money with a bingo site, be sure to do an investigation into the site that you are considering.  Sometimes there is a company that is actually behind the site and the larger they are, the more respectable they are.  In fact, there are some companies that are actually traded on the London stock exchange.  Players should always look at the “about us” button and find out the history and stability of any online gaming site before proceeding to play.

 

Another way to make sure that a site is on the up and up is by looking for a small yellow lock in the lower right hand corner of the window when processing a transaction.  This means that when you deposit or withdraw money, your personal information remains safe and secure.

 

Finally, any trustworthy site such as Betfred Bingo, Paddy Power Bingo and Littlewoods Bingo is also licensed and regulated by the government of the country in which it is based.  If there is any concern that a license may be out of date, players can check the website of the licensing authority to which sites have been approved.   If you can’t find any information about a site, then the chances are that you have landed on one that is illegal.

Live bingo is another great way to enjoy bingo. How about booking one of the cheap hotels in Blackpool and sampling the many bingo halls and bingo arcades in the popular north west seaside resort.

 

Of course, you can also visit sites such as Bingo Directory for a list of trustworthy bingo sites on which to play.

 

Beacon Bingo Clubs To Be Sold

Rueters are reporting that Beacon Bingo clubs and Showboat amusement arcades could be on the brink of being sold. Beacon is currently owned by the banks under an appointed CEO Brian Mattingley.

The Rueter’s report suggests that the banks are looking to release the cash they have in the company and have had firm interest from  Praesepe. Praespe is  an established gaming company with high street arcades and are looking to complete a deal worth around £45 million.

Last week Nick Harding CEO of Praesepe stated “We are considering several potential acquisition opportunities, both in the UK and Europe, and the proceeds of this Placing will assist us to continue our acquisitive strategy.” A report in the IBTimes confirmed that the group was in advanced discussions with a private UK company and the potential aqusition would constitute a reverse takeover.

X Factor Promotion

If you are a fan of the X Factor then you will love Bet 365′s latested promotion. They are offerinf 10 pairs of tickets to the X Factor Live Tour 2010 as prizes  when you play bingo and the X Factor Steps to Stardom Game between now and 14th March.

Each week there are 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs!  To give yourself a chance of bagging the tickets all you need to do to  is wager £10 on bingo and £25 on the Steps to Stardom Game and you will be entered into that week’s prize draw. So play your usual bingo games and have a go at the X Factor themed Steps to Stardom and you could be sitting in the audience of this year’s tour, how exciting!

Gambling Addict Stole To Play Bingo

Gambling addict  Sujata Chaudhry was so addicted to online  bingo that she ended up owing a thousands on her credit cards. In an attempt  to clear her debts she stole £12,000 from her employer.   Sujata Chaudhry worked  in the admin department of NETA  which is a  a training charity based in Middlesborough at the time of the crime.  Teeside Crown Court has been hearing the case against Ms Chaudhry.  The accused woman pleaded guilty to the three fraud charges which resulted in an 8 months prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

Virgin Bingo News

Virgin Bingo Promotions

FREE BINGO For Two Weeks!
Remember last Virgin’s 3 hours of free bingo every day promo? Well it’s back. Starting on Monday 22nd March for 2 whole weeks you can play free bingo for cash prizes 100% FREE. Also watch out of Virgin Bingo’s TV ad which will be broadcast all over the UK!

Pick Your Own Prize:
Virgin Bingo are  giving away cash prizes of either £2, £5, £25, £50 this coming week on Bingo tickets!!  Buy tickets to qualify for each prize! (Between 22nd Feb, and 28th Feb)

PartyGaming Focused On Acquisitions

After a great  fourth quarter, reports suggest  Party Gaming are optimistic about the economy and its ability to raise cash for acquisitions.

Jim Ryan, chief executive, said the owner of PartyPoker and PartyCasino was in talks with a number of companies, but added that “in spite of the rumours there is nothing at a developed stage”.

Party have been in discussions  for some months with Austrian rival BWIN with a takeover expected later this year.

Cash Strapped Gala Bingo Potential Takeover Target

The land based UK bingo world was shocked this week with news regarding a posible takeover of Gala Bingo. According to Reuters, the American private equity company Apollo see  Gala Bingo as a possible target and are planning to make  an offer of £250million for a 50% share of the company.  Gala Coral are a prime target as they are struggling to restructure their business to better manage their whopping £2.6billion debt. There are other offers on the table including one from the junior lenders to the group, and another from the Blackstone group

Reports suggest that Gala will make a decision  in the New Year. Many will follow the takeover story with great interest following Gala’s last year of financial concerns and investment write-offs. The company is still the UK’s leading retail bingo chain in terms of venues, so lets hope the company is able to keep as many of them open as possible, as the loss to the UK’s bingo players would be massive.

Online Bingo Boom Over?

Are we seeing the first signs of the end of the bingo boom? Well some suggest that perhapswe are with the news that Interactive Playnet, which powered games such as Rainbow Bingo, Exotic Bingo, Fun Bingo, Comedy Bingo and a few others, has this week ceased all of its operations leaving not only their players but also licensees and affiliates out in the cold!

There is no doubt that in the UK, online bingo is perhaps over saturated, so the smaller companies or those perhaps trying to enter the industry are going to struggle. The fact or the matter though is that most of the major names are still reporting strong growth and looking to even more growth in the next few years in countries such as Spain & Italy.

Don’t panic! In our opinion the bingo boom is far from over.

Posh Bingo Player Wins Luxury Cruise

Posh Bingo has a winner renowned for great prizes has diclosed details of their Luxury Cruise winner!

Hundred of players played on 20th September for a chance to win a holiday of a lifetime. tThe game though, had 6 joint winners so an extra special ‘play off’ game was scheduled for the following week on Saturday 26th September. Posh bingo players  Baxtero, Rhani, Rollocks, Dunns, Waynerob and rush53 all played for the fantastic holiday.

The heart pumping game was won by  an ecstatic Rhani! The player said excitedly of the win: “I am so surprised! I’m in a tiswaz. I still cannot believe that I have won this fantastic prize! I bet I will not be able to sleep tonight!

Lucky winner Rhani will be sailing off from Southampton with a friend during October. They will spend 10 days on the sun drenched liner. The autumnal cruise will enjoy breathtaking sunsets, beautiful beaches and amazing volcanoes making this a trip to remember!

Riva Bingo Name Change

Riva Bingo Clubs are to get a makeover in more ways than one. The Riva clubs at Brighton and Streatham (South London) and the Hippodrome club in Lowestoft are changing their names to Beacon Bingo joining  existing Beacon clubs at Cricklewood, Northampton and Loughborough.

All three new Beacon sites will have re-designed signage incorporating the classic Beacon torch.

The clubs though will be having more than a name change. Major refurbishments  will be taking place at Loughborough and Brighton with contemporary interiors and new external enclosed smoking terraces. Whilst at  Northampton, Beacon is opening an innovative “B2″ area within the club offering “noisy” bingo together with quiz nights, a comedy club, and cabaret specials. Beacon Entertainments is investing over £500,000 throughout its six club

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