Most Online Bingo Players Still Play Live Bingo

The UK based bingo portal WhichBingo has just released a bingo news report that shows that about half of all online bingo game players still play land based bingo at their local bingo clubs. Bingo, both online and land based, is big business in the UK and even the most remote hamlet usually has its own bingo hall. In 2006 land based bingo took a big hit thanks to the imposition of a draconian national smoking ban which cut attendance at some bingo clubs by more than half. Online bingo also took a hit in 2006 with the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the United States which banned banks and financial institutions from processing transactions related to online gaming. All in all 2006 was not a good year for land based and online bingo.

Fast forward to 2010 and it would appear that both industries have recovered. The online bingo industry is posting record revenues and players are returning to land based bingo halls. The report shows that 40% of all online bingo players still attend games at local bingo halls and clubs. 42% of the players surveyed said they only played live bingo occasionally but 13% of all people who play internet bingo said they played live bingo daily which was a surprising result. 51% of players who said they rarely play live bingo said that the cost and inconvenience of traveling to a bingo hall were the main reasons they chose online bingo over live bingo.

The survey showed that 42% of all online bingo players attended live bingo games daily. 10% attended live games 2 or 3 times a week and another 20% said they attended live games weekly. 6% said they only played live bingo monthly and 13% played occasionally. Only 9% said they never play live bingo. Figures suggest that the number of people playing live bingo has increased 11% during the past year which is good news for bingo halls. Bingo expert Phil Fraser stated, “When bingo first appeared online the bingo hall operators feared this new “beast”, thinking that it would take players away from the halls. In fact it has done exactly the opposite, to a degree, with land-based bingo hall attendances rising 11% in the last year. I don’t think players make a strict choice between one or the other – I feel they get their bingo fix in different places at different times. If online bingo can help the land bingo industry then that’s great news.”

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