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Police Raid Bingo Game

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Police Raid Bingo Game


Police Raid Bingo GameA group of British vacationers and expats have run afoul of the law in Portugal over a bingo game. The patrons at the Yorkshire Club in the Portuguese resort of Albufeira are facing hefty fines and criminal charges after police stages a dramatic raid to stop “illegal gambling.” The pub was opened by Marianne Pittaway, 34, after she left her home in York and moved to Portugal. The pub had been visited by two plain clothes detectives posing as customers.

The bingo games were not for money but that didn’t make any difference to puritanical police. When a container of biscuits and chocolate were handed out as prizes during Friday Night’s bingo games the detectives flashed their police badges and arrested players and non-players alike. They called in a dozen officers to transport the bingo prisoners. Thirty people in the pub including Ms. Pittaway, her partner Antonio Cardoso and several people that had not been playing bingo were taken to a police station and interrogated for several hours.

Some were set free and allowed to return to the UK but 27 ex-pats and vacationers were forced to attend court proceedings and faced charges of “witnessing illegal gambling.” Gambling laws in Portugal require bingo operators to apply for a license or face fines of between £1,300 and £8,500! Ms. Pittaway said she took 50 euros to cover the cost of the prizes and didn’t thing she was doing anything wrong since she did not award cash prizes to the winners. Pittaway told the Yorkshire Post “I was providing entertainment for my customers. Bingo is a big part of British culture. We are just doing it for fun so I don’t see that we are doing anything wrong. Everyone is in good spirits but we are all mortified because of what has happened. Two police came up to the counter and detained everyone at the bar, including people who weren’t even playing bingo. They could have just shut the bar and taken me and Antonio but it was everyone.”

Police said the raid was part of an ongoing police action to crack down on illegal gambling in the area. A spokesman for the police told the Portugal News “Those who were involved were participating in a game of ‘luck and chance’ and were arrested. They were taken to Albufeira police station and notified to appear in court.” He said the pub patrons were only questioned and not held in cells and added “It is not the first time action has been carried out against illegal gambling and it won’t be the last.” Ms. Pittaway said she made no profits from the games and stated “At the end of the day I will just stick to doing a normal quiz. I won’t be doing bingo any more. The way I see it is that they don’t want tourism and are making it very difficult for people to comply with all the rules and regulations. We don’t know what is in or out. I am just lucky I have got the ex-pat trade that is what is keeping me going. I love what I am doing but the consequences of today will come down very hard. It is not only the fine but I will get inspections left, right and centre now.”

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Saturday Night Bingo Brawlers

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Saturday Night Bingo Brawlers


Saturday Night Bingo BrawlersSome people take their bingo very seriously. Most bingo halls and online bingo sites have well established rules of etiquette that are observed by most players. Fights have broken out because someone is sitting in another player’s ‘lucky’ seat.  In South Wales two players got into a donnybrook over a ‘lucky’ seat. One of the players received a broken nose and two black eyes. Both players were banned from the hall for life. Calling bingo too early is considered a serious breach of etiquette. Many bingo halls have installed tablet devices with auto daub features which will eliminate false bingo calls.

Many seniors take the game seriously. In New Hampshire police were called to break of two bingo brawlers. Police in Portsmouth, New Hampshire responded to a call that reported “some pushing and shoving” over the sale of Avon cosmetics. A player was setting up a table to sell Avon products during a bingo game and another player took offense. Sgt. Kuffer Kaltenborn of the Portsmouth Police told reporters that “The altercation appears to have been started over the fact that one resident was upsetting another by (selling Avon and disrupting) the scheduled bingo event that occurs.”

The police left the hall but two hours later one of the women called police and said she wanted to press charges. Sgt. Kaltenborn told reporters “A third party alleges that the one that wanted to sell her products grabbed the wrist of the other person who wanted to play bingo. It’s not the victim that alleges the crime. … She’s not sure if she was assaulted or not.” There have been other strange incidents at New Hampshire bingo halls. In 2011 a player brought her mother’s ashes in it to a bingo game for ‘luck.’  The urn containing the ashes was stolen from her car. Fortunately the urn was returned.

In a sheltered housing complex in the UK two women got into a fight when after one of the pensioners attending the game accused another player of shouting “bingo” too early.  The Rotherham North Area Housing champion called the police. Police officers said that this is not the kind of behavior people associate with those 60 and older. Police officer Ellis stated “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 council spokesman said: ‘We have given one woman a tenancy warning about her future conduct.”  To avoid similar situations players should learn to play online bingo. The prizes are larger and there are no physical altercations.

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Spot the Rogue

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Spot the Rogue


Spot the RogueWhen playing live bingo games players have immediate access to the bingo hall manager to resolve any player issues and complaints. Most bingo halls want to guard their reputation at all costs. Face to face interaction puts a player’s mind at ease. The manager knows that the hall is a part of the community and if any wrongdoing takes place the entire community will hear about it. In the online bingo world things are a bit different.

In most cases online bingo sites are not situated in a town center. In many cases the operators are located in another country and face to face interaction is not possible. Some operators have been known to ignore player complaints and some online operators are not as concerned about their reputation as live bingo halls. There are several factors that can undermine the credibility of a bingo site. These include; unnecessarily long payment processing times, nonpayment of legitimate wins, and failure to live up to agreements with affiliates. Other factors include excessive wagering requirements and the use of ‘ghost’ players.

Sometimes it is not clear who to contact if a problem occurs at an online bingo site. At many sites there is no physical address listed. Most websites do not list the actual manager of the virtual bingo hall. Sometimes the player support team has been farmed out and is not in a position to handle problems. Some watchdog sites say that most player issues stem from the player misunderstanding the terms and conditions and wagering requirements. Players should look for sites with terms and conditions written in plain easy to understand English. If they are written in legalese it is probably better to find another site. In the past some sites deliberately misled players but industry competition has put an end to that.

Many complaints are legitimate. Some players have been asked to pay ridiculous fees to withdraw their winnings. At some sites a player’s ‘cashout’ request will go unanswered for weeks and even months! In many cases complaints have been made about bingo sites ‘licensed’ in Costa Rica. These sites say they are ‘licensed’ but they actually have a business license, not a gaming license. According to one source 80% of all player complaints are about sites located in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has no regulatory body for gambling and the country has been a haven for bad actors for years.

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Why is Bingo So Popular in Great Britain ?

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Why is Bingo So Popular in Great Britain ?


Why is Bingo So Popular in Great Britain?It’s no secret that the UK has one of the liveliest bingo markets in the world. Over three million people in the UK play online bingo weekly and millions more play at land based bingo halls throughout the country. Just about every town, village of hamlet has its own High Street bingo hall. Older players prefer live bingo games while the younger generation prefers online bingo games. So how did bingo get to be so popular in the UK?

Bingo became a cultural phenomenon in the UK from the 60’s to the 80’s. Hundreds of abandoned cinemas were turned into massive bingo halls capable of holding thousands of players. Online bingo is extremely easy to play and understand. Playing online bingo is as easy as setting up an account, making a deposit and taking part in one of the many bingo games available. Most online bingo sites offer a variety of bingo games including 75 and 90 ball bingo and some sites offer 80 and 30 ball bingo. In the UK 90 ball bingo is the most popular game. Setting up an account at a bingo site only takes a couple of minutes and is quick and easy.

Most online bingo sites offer low stakes bingo games. Online bingo sites usually offer players a generous welcome bonus and most offer free bingo which gives players a chance to test a site’s game software. Free bingo is also good for beginners and allows them to learn the online version of the game with no risk. Bonuses make bingo the most affordable gambling game on the internet.

Online bingo allows players from around the globe to connect. Most online bingo sites offer players the opportunity to chat with other players creating a sense of community. Research has shown that most players value social interaction and say that it is the main reason they play online bingo. Players can also win huge amounts of cash. In most cases online bingo jackpots are much larger than those at land based bingo halls. In face there are a few bingo millionaires in the UK. Networked sites offer hugs jackpots because of the large shared player pool.

At one time most bingo players were working class women but today things are different. Many bingo hall operators have refurbished old fashioned bingo halls to appeal to younger players. The move has been successful and operators have reported an increase in player numbers. The new generation of players ensures that bingo will survive well into the 21st century.

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Bingo Bonus Scams

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Bingo Bonus Scams


Bingo Bonus ScamsToday there are between 350 and 400 online bingo site and the competition is intense. One method used by online bingo operators to attract new players is offering generous bonuses to new players. Welcome bonuses of 500% are now common at bingo sites. While bonuses may appear to be a great deal some sites are trying to deceive players. Out of all the marketing techniques and strategies used by bingo operators bonuses are the most advertised. While large bonuses may entice some players they are not without risk.

The old saying “if it’s too good to be true it probably is” can be applied to some bingo bonuses. Bingo operators are counting on the fact that most players are too busy to read all of the terms and conditions associated with large bonuses. Ignorance of the terms and conditions and the wagering requirements can lead to unpleasant misunderstandings between players and operators. There are many ways players can be taken advantage of. To avoid bonus problems some experts say that players should deposit less than the amount required to trigger bonuses.

When visiting a bingo site players should check out the promotions and welcome bonus. Usually there will be a terms and conditions section of the page and it is usually here that the wagering requirements can be found. The wagering requirement is the amount of money that must be bet before any withdrawals can be made. The amount is usually calculated by adding the deposit amount to the bonus and attaching a multiplier. The fairest multipliers are usually around 3X to 4X and the worst can be as much as 20. A multiplier of 20X would require the player to wager 20 times the amount of the deposit and bonus funds. A high multiplier can render the most generous bonus worthless. Most players will not be able to clear wagering requirements of that size. It is usually better to deposit a smaller amount so that winnings may be withdrawn immediately.

Another deceitful method used by operators is the practice of valuing wagering contribution differently between games. For example Players may receive 100% for bingo games but only 50% for side games such as slots and other casino games. Slot game players must meet a target that is twice as high. Players should remember the following facts;

High bonuses will bog players down.
Always read the terms and conditions.
Try to deposit under the bonus requirement levels.
Avoid sites with unreasonable wagering requirements.

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Gambler Numbers Decline in Australia

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Gambler Numbers Decline in Australia


Gambler Numbers Decline in AustraliaIn Australia new research has found a decline in the number of Australian gamblers but a dramatic rise in sports betting. The study was conducted by researchers at New South Wales’ Southern Cross University. The study found that about 64% of adults in the country gambled during the past year, down from 82% in 1999. Southern Cross University researcher Dr Sally Gainsbury said that sports betting has doubled and revenues have grown by 15% in the last five years. Dr Gainsbury also said that online gambling has attracted new players. Gainsbury stated “Fifty-two per cent of people who gamble online actually prefer that mode, compared to land-based gamblers. It’s that accessibility and convenience that’s really driving them to use the mode. And some people actually prefer it and don’t like the land-based venues, so we’re seeing a new subset of Australians who are engaging in this gambling activity.”

Experts said that many young people are gambling more often. Nathan is typical of a young gambling addict. Nathan discussed his problem and told reporters “I’ve lost over probably $1.5 million, and in terms of how much I’ve gambled, it’s probably been over $3 million or $4 million – that’s including winnings and losings – in the space of four years.” Nathan said he had a good job and the assets to cover his gambling expenses but when he started losing all that changed. Nathan stated “I probably aged maybe eight years or nine years from what I am now. It’s an emotional challenge, especially stopping. It’s put a strain on my relationship with my wife – thank god she’s understanding – and my family and my friends.” Dr. Gainsbury said Nathan’s story is typical. Gainsbury also said that most online gamblers are male.

Gainsbury said that “Interactive gamblers tend to be male, they tend to be younger, they’re from a higher education, so they’re more likely to have university degrees, they certainly have access to the internet at their work or at their home, and they might come from a higher socio-economic bracket.” She blames advertising for the sudden rise in sports betting and told reporters “This is largely attributed to the growth in online betting, which has definitely been fuelled by the advertising we’ve seen in relation to sports betting. There is evidence that there are higher problem gambling rates among people who gamble online and these internet gamblers are more likely to gamble in a greater number of activities sand also more frequently engage in gambling.”

In Australia and many former British colonies online bingo is exceptionally popular. Most online bingo players are young females. Gambling addiction is rare among bingo players partially because most jackpots are smaller than those offered by sports betting sites. Generally online bingo players do not fit the profile of the average internet gambler.

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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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Cafe Ban Sends Players Back to Bingo Halls

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Cafe Ban Sends Players Back to Bingo Halls


Cafe Ban Sends Players Back to Bingo HallsIn several states ‘internet cafes’ have lured former bingo players in search of entertainment. Recently the state of Florida closed internet cafes in the state after a hugs scandal that resulted in the Lieutenant Governor’s resignation. As it turned out the internet cafes were operated by a fake veteran’s charity. The cafes took in hundreds of millions but the so called veteran’s organization received only a very small percentage of the profits. Since the cafes closed some of the players have returned to traditional bingo halls.

After two years Peg Kane is playing bingo again at a local bingo hall. Kane told reporters that bingo is not her first choice. Kane said “I’m an Internet cafe player. I like to win money. I’m a gambler. Not a big gambler, but a gambler.”  Until the cafes were closed Kane preferred the fast moving games at sweepstakes cafes until a ban was passed in the Florida legislature earlier this month. Lawmakers and Governor Rick Scott acted after an investigation showed that the owners of Allied Veterans of the World illegally siphoned off most of $290 million in proceeds.

As a result of the raids on cafes traditional bingo halls run by churches and service clubs are benefiting from the closures as former cafe players look for alternatives to spend their money and time. Tim Cockrell, the owner of Jackpot Bingo told reporters “We’re seeing some people for the first time in years. They’re trickling back.” At another bingo hall, Daytona Beach Bingo, many former cafe patrons are playing bingo games. Former cafe player Fran Poole, of South Daytona, stated “We all went. A lot have come back to bingo now. I think its unfair what (the state) did, telling us what to do. Gambling is gambling. What I do with my $20 should be my own business.”

Other players at Jackpot Bingo echoed Kane’s sentiments. Kane said that bingo fits her budget but she is upset that Florida lawmakers closed her favorite gaming destinations. Kane said “There’s a double standard. I’m allowed to bet on dogs or play poker at the track, or play bingo and the lottery. But I’m not allowed to go to the Internet cafe.”  Some bingo players didn’t like the atmosphere at the cafes. Cathy Steinbuch stated “I went once or twice, but I didn’t care for it. But I am seeing more people here since the cafes closed, as an alternative.” Lauren Coon said she liked the cafes for many reasons; a place to socialize and the large prizes. Coon said “I won enough there to sod my lawn and gravel my driveway. And it paid for half a trip to Biloxi (casinos). My husband went three times a week with me. He’s recovering from heart surgery, and it gave him a reason to get out of the house. He doesn’t like bingo. So he’s back to sitting at home. They took away his purpose to get out in the morning.”

Those disappointed with the prizes at bingo halls should try online bingo. The jackpots are usually much larger than those at land based bingo halls. In addition most online bingo sites offer fast paced games similar to the ones that were so popular at the cafes.

 

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Ukash PayPoint Deal and Online Bingo Players

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Ukash PayPoint Deal and Online Bingo Players


Ukash PayPoint Deal and Online Bingo PlayersIn the UK online bingo players have a huge choice of funding methods available. One of the most popular and convenient is Ukash. Ukash is an electronic cash service and users are given a 19 digit code that represents their prepaid money. Ukash can be purchased at 420,000 locations worldwide. Recently Ukash has received some bad press because scammers have exploited the Ukash system to further their criminal activities. Ukash is designed for the sole purpose of making online purchases and at participating businesses. Most online bingo sites doing business in the UK accept Ukash.

When online bingo players use Ukash they do not have to reveal any personal or financial details. Players enter a voucher code and the money is instantly available. Ukash has entered into a deal with payments and services network operator PayPoint that will enable its customers to withdraw funds from 24,000 locations operated by PayPoint. Online bingo players now have a “convenient and easy way to turn gaming winnings or spare Ukash back into cash.”

Before the deal Ukash online gaming winnings were returned to players in the form of a new code that could be used to make more purchases and could also be combined with other Ukash codes. The new deal extends the convenience of Ukash by allowing players to turn their Ukash into real cash instantly. David Hunter, the Chief Executive Officer for Ukash, stated “At the heart of this new service is our mission to give consumers the utmost flexibility with their Ukash. We also believe it creates even greater appeal for e-commerce retailers to add Ukash to their payment options.”

Other potential uses for Ukash include emergency cash, customer loyalty rewards, promotional awards and cash back offers. The ability to access cash without using plastic adds a new dimension to Ukash and the convenience it offers. Andrew Goddard, Retail Director for Welwyn Garden City-based PayPoint, said “Ukash has proved very popular with our customers and as a footfall generator for our retail partners. We are delighted to add cash withdrawals to our range of cash-out schemes, which enable our retailers to further benefit from the growth and scope of e-commerce.”

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Australian Online Bingo Players Face Deposit Limits

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Australian Online Bingo Players Face Deposit Limits


OAustralian Online Bingo Players Face Deposit Limitsnline bingo is extremely popular in Australia. Players in the former British colony favor 90 ball bingo like their British counterparts. In Australia bingo is commonly known as ‘house’ or housie-housie.’ In addition to games at brick and mortar bingo halls online bingo is popular especially among those in rural areas with no easy access to bingo halls. In Australia online gambling is regulated by the government. Instead of raking a prohibitionist stance like the United States Australia has followed the example of .

Recent news reports indicate that the Commonwealth government is getting ready to implement new regulations that reflect the widespread popularity of online gaming. The federal government in Australia wants to make it mandatory for players to set deposit limits at gaming sites before playing any games for money. In addition to expanding pre-commitment rules the government wants stricter rules regulating the lines of credit and inducements that gaming sites can offer players. The proposed new rules are part of the government’s national harm minimization and consumer protection standards for licensed operators in Australia.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has written to state and territories to ask for their assistance in implementing the new rules and standards. In an official statement Conroy said “As the way Australians use gambling services shifts online, we need to ensure that protections for consumers remain robust and relevant.” The government will not be following the recommendations of a departmental review that would add changes to the trial of in-play sports betting and online poker tournaments.

The final report recommended that offshore gambling sites accepting wagers from Australia be licensed in the country and subject to the regulations and standards. The government said that licensed operators must adopt the country’s harm minimization measures. Australia has one of the highest gambling rates in the world and 80% of all adult Australians have engaged in some sort of gambling activity. Online gambling is a significant source of revenue for the government. Players are not taxed on their winnings but operators are taxed on player losses and net profits. The government also earns revenue from licensing fees.

A legal and regulated online gaming market benefits players and the government. Australian players know that if they play at a site licensed in the country they are protected from fraud, cheating and other bad behavior.

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