Less numbers means more winners says National Bingo Game

Less numbers means more winners says National Bingo Game

Monday, April 16, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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The new format will see the numbers reduced from 90 to 50

Bingo players across the UK are counting down to a new version of the National Game, which comes into effect on 30 April and is expected to generate more than 5,000 weekly winners.

This latest iteration, only the third in 30 years, will be reduced from 90 to 50 numbers and offers players a club/venue prize on every game in every venue, as well as fixed odds Jackpot prizes of £100, £1,000 and £50,000.

Not only will games take less time to complete, each participating venue may play the game at any time during the session. Presently, there are over 275 venues are signed up for the new version, including Gala and Mecca bingo.

Miles Baron, Chief Executive of the National Bingo Game Association, said: “We are excited to be launching a new version of one of club bingo’s most well known and loved games.

“This will only be the third time in over thirty years that the game has had a substantial change. With this latest version of the game we wanted to bring it up to date, with a game that takes less time to play, finds its winners immediately and creates more of them.”

According to Baron, switching to a 50-number fixed odds format has prompted significant changes to the game’s software. The game’s technology, for example, has moved to become web based and in doing so improved future flexibility, while reducing technological barriers for operators seeking to offer the game in their clubs and venues.

“It is great that we have continued to have the support of so many industry operators, including Gala, Mecca, Castle, Carlton, Beacon and many more independent operators, all of whom remain key to the game,” he added.

Totally Gaming says: It’s interesting to note that while the National Lottery went for more numbers in its weekly draws, the National Bingo Association has opted to do exactly the opposite and reduce things by nearly a half. Bingo continues to be one of the most enduring forms of gaming on our high street, mainly because it has erred on the side of evolution rather than revolution.

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