Prize bingo impacted in DCMS triennial review

Prize bingo impacted in DCMS triennial review

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Posted by Craig Davies
Stakes and prizes could be set to rise under the recommendation

Prize bingo could be set for a boost, after the government revealed they would be recommending raising its stakes and prizes.

Amongst the fallout from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) triennial review into gaming machine stakes and prizes, where Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have been hitting the headlines, it was announced an increase of stakes from £1 to £2 and prizes from £70 to £100 would be advised.

Prize bingo, derived from standard bingo games and particularly popular in amusement arcades within seaside resorts throughout the United Kingdom, was featured as part of the review, with the DCMS announcing: “Regarding the stakes and prizes of other gaming machines, the government is recommending maintaining current stakes, apart from on prize bingo gaming where the government is content with industry proposals to increase [s]takes from £1 to £2 and prizes from £70 to £100.

“This follows the Government’s call for evidence launched in October 2016, that looked at the gambling landscape, including the number and location of gaming machines in licensed premises and the social responsibility measures in place to protect players and communities from gambling-related harm.”

Earlier this year Gambling Commission Industry Statistics revealed prize bingo had a turnover of £18.60m (for the period October 2015 - September 2016), with a gross gaming yield (GGY) of £4.63m for the same period.

Regarding FOBTs, the DCMS announced it is to undertake a “12-week consultation period for proposals on changes to gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the UK gambling sector.”

Totally Gaming says:  In the long awaited DCMS triennial review prize bingo was almost snuck in as an afterthought, rightly or wrongly considering headlines for months have been FOBT dominated.  The truth of the matter, however, could be a small step in the attempt to return a once popular, and highly grossing, pastime to its former glories.

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