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New Security Programs Identify Players and Location

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New Security Programs Identify Players and Location


New Security Programs Identify Players and LocationIn the United States one of the main issues internet gambling opponents cite is the possibility of underage gambling. Thanks to LaserLock Technologies those concerns have been addressed. LaserLock’s proprietary technology is designed to prevent fraud and counterfeiting through advanced authentication. . The new program will make it much easier for online bingo and gaming operators to identify the location of the player. LaserLock Technologies is based in Washington D.C. and markets security technologies to protect governments, health care providers, high end retailers, the gaming industry and documents. The company also produced programs that will protect branded products from counterfeiting. Because of the rapid growth of the online gaming industry there has been a constant demand for various security products.

Earlier in the year three states legalized online gambling; Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada. The new American gaming market has fueled a demand for virtual identity verification processes necessary to enforce underage restrictions at online gaming sites.  LaserLock’s advanced authentication products use geo-location tracking and biometric facial recognition via webcams to ensure adherence to laws dealing with the legal age and location of players. Neil Alpert, President of LaserLock Technologies, stated “Verifying a player’s identity is a simple process in a casino, but has become a major hindrance for legislators looking to legalize Internet gambling.”

Alpert went on to say “In an online environment, the risks for fraud increase dramatically as there are few ways to truly verify identity, age or location. LaserLock’s patented technology brings Internet gaming companies a solution that lowers that risk substantially by verifying a player’s identity each time they play and by providing an ethical component that protects the user.” The ability to correctly authenticate a player’s identity, age and location will help mitigate the risk to operators posed by underage gambling.  Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of the Board at LaserLock, stated “This platform is one of several potential game changers for LaserLock. The future will see more states legalize online gaming and LaserLock’s solution is all encompassing and ensures the security and safety of internet gaming that lawmakers, casinos and the public all demand.”

LaserLock’s player identification solution goes beyond the low regulatory thresholds in some jurisdictions and is designed to protect players and operators. The solution also features that allow players and casinos to monitor behavior to prevent problem gambling. The prototype is being tested at several online gaming sites.

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Lack of Bingo Oversight Worries Some Florida Lawmakers

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Lack of Bingo Oversight Worries Some Florida Lawmakers


Lack of Bingo Oversight Worries Some Florida Lawmakers30 year old Matt West has been a runner and caller at Florida bingo halls for almost a decade. West has worked at Mr. Bingo in Panama City fir the last six years and said he has learned that bingo is “something people do in their spare time.” West pays winners at the hall and told reporters “The bigger the crowd, the faster the pace is going to be. Everything kind of comes naturally; you treat people like people, you take their money and you pay them out.”

Most bingo halls are open seven days a week mornings and evenings. Some players in a hurry play the pull tab games available at most bingo parlors. In Florida bingo players are still allowed to smoke and while there Florida legislators have crafted laws to slow the expansion of gambling in the state there is very little oversight for bingo. Florida’s laws prohibit gambling establishments from operating solely for the sake of gambling. Bingo games in Florida must sponsored by a charitable organization that has been in business for at least three years.

The law also requires that all revenues generated by bingo games to go to the sponsoring organizations after operating costs have been deducted. Local bingo games have donated millions to various charities over the years. Gregory Wilson, Florida’s Chief Assistant State Attorney said that bingo’s legal status was from the days when churches used bingo as a fundraising tool. Because bingo games were well established before Florida passed gambling laws legislators created exceptions to let bingo games continue. Bingo revenues must be donated to charities under the current laws.

The statute that governs bingo does not require bingo halls to file financial reports with the state that shows operating costs and the amounts donated to charity. George Hughes of Bingo Paradise told reporters “We work from trust. We do our thing and they do theirs. We take our (money) to the lodge and then give it out to the people.” The unregulated relationship between operators and charities has led several operators to take advantage of the state’s “very general guidelines.” In recent months there has been an influx of former internet cafe patrons. Most of the returnees are seniors looking for affordable entertainment. So far there have been no real scandals in the bingo industry and lawmakers have seen no real reason to regulate the games.

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Bingo: The Fun And Easy Way To Win Money

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Bingo: The Fun And Easy Way To Win Money


balls-bingoNot too long ago, bingo halls were seen as places the older generations would socialise and have great fun whilst doing so; however, bingo halls are now packed to the rafters with all generations, from parties looking for fun before hitting the towns, or simply a place to meet up and enjoy the thrill of winning money in a friendly environment.

Winning in bingo comes down to pure lady luck. Although this may be the case, experienced players know there are ways to increase the chances of winning. Listed below are a few ways of bumping up your chances of shouting, “BINGO!”

Arrive Early and Avoid Busy Nights

Arriving early ensures gaining the best seats. Being first also allows time for socialising and a few drinks before the Bingo starts. Depending on the night, some sessions are better attended than others, so from an odds/winning aspect, the possibilities of winning are better when opposition is at its least. Playing with fewer people in the hall is a strategy many winners opt for. This strategy also avoids the noise and chaos of a crowded hall.

Choosing the Right Game

There is more than one way of playing Bingo; some players prefer the traditional 90-ball Bingo because there are 3 ways winning, whilst others like a 75-ball pattern game because the top prize is bigger. The right choice comes down to your comfort level and the potential payout, the odds and your experience. If you’re not 100% sure of the rules, don’t play the game.

Play Less Cards

Contrary to popular belief, buying more tickets isn’t the safest way to win a game. Not only does this initially cost more to secure the winning card, the jackpot is financed by all the losing ones; unless the player(s) are experienced at managing their cards, the chances of missing a number or two increases, so the likelihood of winning actually decreases.
Bonus Balls

A lot of games feature balls of a different colours, the ‘bonus balls”. These award a prize or double the amount of the win if part of the successful grouping or pattern features one of them. Experienced players look out for these opportunities and choose games based upon the highest payouts.
Bingo Online

If you can’t be without your Bingo fix, you can create an account online with literally hundreds of sites. You can try it first and play for fun to pass the time, or you can pay into your account and play with others in cyber rooms designated to the site for money. There are also Bingo apps and games for Smartphones – the list is endless!

Whether you play for the social side and to make new friends, or you are a diehard player with your own honed strategies, Bingo is a great game to win money and bring others together.

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Seniors Less Than Thrilled About Bingo Ban

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Seniors Less Than Thrilled About Bingo Ban


Seniors Less Than Thrilled About Bingo BanLast year the town of Bald Knob Arkansas made national news and provided fodder for late night comedians when the town banned bingo games at the town’s senior center. For many seniors bingo is their only chance to get out of the house and socialize with their friends. Just like any community Bald Knob has those that think they know what’s good for everyone and the town’s bluenoses were out in force at a town council meeting. A local ‘minister’ with a very unchristian lack of compassion for many seniors spearheaded the move to ban bingo in Bald Knob.

Bald Knob is a small town about an hour’s drive from Little Rock. The town’s move to ban bingo was the first of its kind since Arkansas legalized charitable gaming seven years ago. ‘Religious’ leaders and professional killjoys lobbied the council to ban ‘gambling’ on Bald Knob. The town’s council voted unanimously to ban the games at the senior center. Bingo player Joyce Landers echoed the sentiments of many and said “We don’t have nowhere to go and it’s an enjoyment for us.” The town’s backward move comes at a time when many states are legalizing gambling including online bingo. Several states have expanded gaming options to address massive budget deficits.

Landers is a regular player and often attends games with her granddaughter. Both bring snacks to the games and Landers is expecting her 28th grandchild soon. A nonprofit county program started the bingo nights and the money generated by the games is used for a variety of senior events. According to Bald Knob Mayor Doyle Wallace a few seniors who disapprove of gambling have stopped coming to the center. Viola Moore, who lives near the center, is one of the local bluenoses opposed to the bingo games. In a statement betraying a lack of knowledge of our constitution Moore told reporters “This is a Christian community and we don’t go along with certain things. I was there when we had the (council) meeting and I said ‘Hallelujah.”

The ‘reverend’ Larry Johnson, who headed the opposition to bingo refused to answer questions from reporters. Marcia Pressler, program director with the White County Aging Program, said the ban will hit seniors hard thanks to a tiny minority of protestors. Pressler told reporters “It really makes me sad that they could take something like (bingo) and make it sound so bad.” It is truly a shame when a very tiny minority can dictate policies to the majority.

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Florida Seniors Protest Bingo Ban

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Florida Seniors Protest Bingo Ban


Florida Seniors Protest Bingo BanMany people view seniors as quiet and retiring. In most cases that is true until you try to ban bingo games! In Florida a fight is brewing over a trailer park’s decision to ban bingo. So who would want to deny seniors their bingo games? The answer is easy; professional busybodies and bluenoses. Trailer Estates in Manatee County is classified as a park and recreation district. Because of that designation the bluenoses say there should be no ‘gambling.’ The proposed ban led to heated discussions at the community’s board meeting. Bluenose Bev Lew told reporters “I take issue with them spending government money to gamble. I don’t want us to have a line item budget for 36/40 bingo, 50/50, or Vegas Night. It’s illegal for a government to use your tax money to gamble with, and when you gamble with tax money, you put us in danger of losing our community property.”

Bingo player Gary Leboeuf offered a note of sanity and told reporters “They want to stop people from playing bingo. Everything this park does is very negative on their part. They love harassment…they get up in the morning with hatred on their mind. What they want to do is treat us like we’re criminals, like we’re breaking the law every day and we’re not.” The ban got some seniors so upset that dozens of them staged a demonstration to protest the restrictions on bingo games. Seniors held signs that read “Bingo IS Legal,” “Let Our Seniors Play Bingo,” and “This IS Elder Abuse.”

Residents said they were told by park officials that the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office threatened to shut down the bingo games because they were ‘gambling.’ Don’t they have any real criminals to catch? After some discussion bingo players were told they could hold the games but winners would get prizes instead of small amounts of cash. The Florida bingo ban is eerily similar to another bingo ban that took place in Bald Knob Arkansas in 2012. Things really got weird in Bald Knob after religious extremists led by a demented ‘pastor’ declared all-out war on bingo games at the town’s senior center.

Local bluenoses in Bald Knob lobbied the town’s council to ban the bingo games. For many seniors the games were the only opportunity to socialize with friends but that didn’t deter the bingo battlers. A tiny number of senior center regulars intent on foisting their beliefs onto other complained and stopped attending events. Unfortunately the extremists and nutjobs got their way and bingo was banned by the council. Seniors should investigate online bingo games. They can play from the privacy of their own homes free from the prying eyes of bluenoses and busybodies!

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Strange Bingo News and Oddities

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Strange Bingo News and Oddities


Strange Bingo News and OdditiesThis month has been full of strange news stories about weird happenings at bingo games. This week in Florida two men in their 80’s got into a serious brouhaha over a parking spot at a local bingo game. An 84 year old man is accused of pepper spraying a 67 year old man in a fight over a parking spot. The victim, security guard Michael Burke, had placed crates in two handicapped parking spots to save them for two women he knew. Unfortunately, before the women arrived Donald Handa drove up, removed the crates and parked. When confronted by Burke the two men began fighting and Handa whipped out his pepper spray and maced Burke. Police were called to the incident. Burke declined to press charges because of Handa’s age.

In the UK two ladies in their 60’s got into a donnybrook after one player accused the other of calling bingo too early.  The incident took place in sheltered housing (assisted living in the US) and police were called. Officers were nonplussed when they realized the age of the bingo brawlers. Police officer Ellis who was one of the responders told reporters “They didn’t want her arrested. I think it was just the shock of what had happened more than anything. The housing officer there didn’t over-react; she wasn’t really sure what to do in that situation. It was one of the first calls of our evening shift and it’s definitely not the usual type of call we get.” A spokesperson for the housing council said “We have given one woman a tenancy warning about her future conduct.” In other words if she doesn’t behave herself she could lose her housing.

In New York state petty state officials made the news when they demanded that a senior’s penny bingo game pay a state fee to operate. The New York Gaming Commission said the elderly ladies must pay a $450 fee to the state. The Penny Bingo Club which has been holding games for years said that they could not afford the excessive fee. Penny Bingo Club member Marlene McCormick said “It’s a sin because that’s your only enjoyment when you get old.” Lee Park, director of communications at the New York State Gaming Commission, was unsympathetic and unapologetic and said the group must pay the state $18.75 every time they hold a penny bingo game.

Park said that because bingo is a game of chance it must be regulated and the state must have its pound of flesh. Plattsburgh Housing Authority Executive Director Lori Cantwell said the ladies in the group were overwhelmed and do not want to deal with petty officials from the gaming commission. Club member Lucille Wilkins pointed out that bingo is not a high stakes game with huge jackpots. She said that when someone in the group wins the jackpot is pennies which usually go back in the next game. Wilkins said the state gave no warning and told reporters “I’ve been playing bingo for 32 years, and I can’t see why we need to pay a state tax to play.” If politicians in New York are looking for waste in government the gaming commission would be a good place to start!

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Online Gambling Nothing New in New Jersey

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Online Gambling Nothing New in New Jersey


Online Gambling Nothing New in New JerseyNew Jersey’s decision to legalize online gambling made headlines in February after Governor Chris Christie signed the bill with some modifications he had requested. Fact is; online gambling has been legal for years in New Jersey. For almost a decade it has been legal for a resident of New Jersey to place a bet on a horse race on the internet or by telephone. New Jersey’s existing “account wagering” system for wagering on horses offers the convenience sought by high rollers that the industry hopes to attract. Punters who want to place a bet on a race at Meadowlands of even the Kentucky Derby can create an account that is drawn on with each bet and replenished with each win. It is similar to an EZ pass with a chance of winning big bucks.

The “account Wagering” system has been a small but growing part of legal gambling in the state. The system was first created to help the troubled horse racing industry in the state and serves a growing number of gamblers who don’t want to make a trip to a racetrack or off track betting parlor. Last year alone almost $100 million was bet on the internet or by phone accounting for about 15% of all bets placed in New Jersey. The system has suffered from a lack of awareness of its existence. According to a recent poll only 10% of New Jersey residents thought it was legal to place bets online and 35% thought it was illegal.

Many residents became aware of the system this year when news reports said that the state Sports and Exposition Authority allowed Ahmed Zayat, a horseman from Teaneck, to owe them $286,000 after making a series of bets on thoroughbred races. At the time his account did not have sufficient funds to cover the potential losses. The debt has been cited in a lawsuit by Freehold Raceway which is a part of the online wagering system. The state’s Racing Commission is conducting an investigation but would not discuss details. Officials did tell reporters that Zayat has paid the debt.

Users of the wagering system like its simplicity which bodes well for online gambling in New Jersey. While Nevada plans to limit online gaming to poker New Jersey plans to offer residents a variety of games. Potential games include online bingo, slots, blackjack, keno and other casino and table games. Former Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and track handicapper Dave Brower loves the wagering system and told reporters “I’ve found it tremendously convenient and easy to use, and I think once most people pulled the trigger, they found the same thing,” Brower said. “Then what made it more popular was the advent of racing channels such as TVG or HRTV, so that you could sit on your couch and watch the race live or on a slight tape delay.” It is hoped that online gamblers will find the state’s online casino operations as easy and convenient as Brower says.

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Rank Unveils Electronic Bingo Games

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Rank Unveils Electronic Bingo Games


Rank Unveils Electronic Bingo GamesThe Rank Group is a major player in the UK bingo and casino industry. Rank operates Mecca bingo halls and Grosvenor casinos throughout Great Britain. In addition Rank has a major online bingo operation using the Mecca brand. Rank has been innovative and has invested millions of pounds refurbishing their casinos and bingo halls to appeal to a new generation of players. Recently the company unveiled its first electronics only bingo hall. Rank hopes to attract the new generation of bingo players including men in their 20’s. Although the bingo halls are still dominated by female players more men are discovering bingo and the ratio of women to men make the halls even more attractive for men.

Rank introduced the trial of electronic bingo at its venue in Reading. At the Reading hall bingo is played on electronic devices similar to iPads. The electronic games require less concentration than traditional games where players must mark their cards manually. Rank’s chairman and chief executive Ian Burke said the devices make the games more enjoyable and allow players to eat and chat while playing. Mr. Burke said that Rank still believes that the game with its traditional and colorful calls such as Two Fat Ladies, Gandhi’s Breakfast and Duck and a Crutch will be around for some time to come the new electronic games will introduce the game to a new generation of players.

During the first half of the fiscal Rank’s player numbers grew 4% to 1.1 million. Most of the increase was from the immense popularity of online bingo. During the six months to December 31st Mecca’s revenues from online bingo increased by 11% to £30.4 million. Revenue from bingo halls dropped 1% to £115.7 million. Rank believes that there are opportunities to take advantage of the popularity of online bingo by expanding digital gaming at its land based venues. Mr. Burke stated “The electronic gaming has definitely got an appeal to the under-35s” and added that men in their mid-20’s have been attracted to bingo on the digital devices.

Rank believes that the new format could possibly attract a “more even gender mix.” Players tap on the screens when numbers are called and there is a feature that allows players to catch up if they missed some numbers. Burke stated “Electronic gaming offers all sorts of additional benefits to players. I wouldn’t describe our handheld devices as an iPad, but it’s the same principle. Like many people, three years ago I would never have imagined iPads being as popular or as successful as they are. A lot of people love the tactile aspect of playing bingo with paper and pen and I imagine that will be around for a long, long time to come. But playing bingo electronically is much more akin to playing it on the internet except it’s done in a social and community setting.”

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Recent Storms Hit UK Bingo Halls Hard

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Recent Storms Hit UK Bingo Halls Hard


It’s no secret that the weather affects gambling in general. During inclement weather casinos are empty and bingo halls are without players. During the winter of 2011-12 severe weather in the UK kept bingo players at home. Travel including rail travel was difficult if not impossible in some areas. While live bingo halls took a big financial hit online bingo sites reported a huge increase in player numbers. In fact several top bingo operators in the UK posted record third quarter profits.

This year severe weather in Recent Storms Hit UK Bingo Halls Hard the UK has again ravaged bingo halls. Hall operators report damaging losses as players stay home to avoid going out in heavy snow and cold. Rank Group is one of the UK’s largest bingo hall and casino operators. Rank operates more than 100 Mecca Bingo clubs and 35 Grosvenor casinos throughout the UK. In late January and early February Rank reported losses of £3 million in revenues due to heavy snowstorms in January. At the time some economists feared that the stormy weather could hurt the British economy and push the country back into a recession.

Even before the snowy weather land based bingo halls have not done well. Rank Group reported that profits before taxes declined by 4% year on year to £31.3 million during the six months ending in December 2012. Fortunately Rank also has a large online bingo operation that has been extremely profitable. With millions of Britons staying home the big winner has been online bingo and mobile gaming providers. It is easy to see why online bingo has done so well during the storms; online bingo players can play from the warmth and comfort of home and live bingo requires a trip to the local bingo hall.

Recent reports indicate that Europe has been hit by a rare late winter snowstorm that has paralyzed travel on the continent. Several areas in the UK have been hard hit by the recent storms and chaos has reigned on some major British highways. Once again bingo halls have seen a steep drop in player numbers and quite a few local bingo clubs have closed for the duration of the storm. According to industry figures once again online bingo is the largest beneficiary of the storms. Player numbers are up and fortunately power outages have been rare.

Once the storms are over players will return to their local bingo clubs but the financial damage has been extensive. While attendance at casinos and Mecca bingo halls declined by 30% in January Rank has been encouraged by the performance of the company’s online products including casino games and online bingo.

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Mobile and Social Bingo Could Create the Next Bingo Boom

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Mobile and Social Bingo Could Create the Next Bingo Boom


Mobile and Social Bingo Could Create the Next Bingo BoomAccording to several bingo and online gaming expert’s social and mobile bingo are set to create the next bingo boom. Mobile and social bingo are benefiting from the latest technologies and trends. In 2012 social gaming became a hot industry topic and a few online gaming companies offer real money gaming on Facebook in the UK and Europe. A new brochure from Bullet Business, the sponsor of the annual online bingo summit, contains several opinions from experts. The brochure has published the opinions of Phil Fraser, summit chair, Clair Osborne, Mecca Bingo head of digital operations, and Aiden Shortt, a long-time interactive gambling consultant.

According to Osborne it has taken the bingo industry a long time to offer mobile bingo to players. She said that now that the mobile bingo products are out there they are “doing a good job of offering a good alternative to online.” Osborne said that half of the players using Mecca’s mobile app have registered on mobile devices and play exclusively on their smart phones and other devices. Shortt agreed that bingo has been slow to adapt to mobile apps and cited a reason for that. Shortt said that bingo is driven by a sense of community and chat rooms and many mobile devices make it impossible or difficult to use the chat rooms at most bingo sites.

Shortt also said there is a silver lining for the online bingo industry in the form of tablets and stated “not necessarily the iPad, which maybe isn’t right for the average bingo players” but less expensive devices that will give players the full mobile bingo experience. Frasier agreed with his colleagues that social and mobile bingo has several technical issues that need to be addressed. Frasier was positive and said bingo sites are seeing more traffic via mobile players and this will force operators to deliver a quality product that will keep players coming back. Frasier agreed that tablets did a better job of delivering the social aspects of bingo than smartphones.

Shortt believes that social and mobile bingo will converge and said this is because bingo is all about the socialization and relationships between players and the desire to win cash is secondary for most players. Osborne believes that social media and social gaming are two different things. Osborne says the industry has a long way to go before transposing the fun of a traditional bingo game into a social gaming format. Only time will tell who is right.

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