WhichBingo - Bingo is England's second most popular game

WhichBingo - Bingo is England's second most popular game

Friday, December 9, 2016 Posted by Sam Cooke
Bingo research firm shows only football is ahead in England in terms of participant numbers

New research to mark the official launch of Bingo Season reveals that bingo is now the second most popular game played in England, after football.

A huge 1.9 million people in England now pick up their dabbers or log into their online accounts to participate in a game of bingo at least once a month. This is more than those who play golf, tennis, rugby or cricket, according to research by online bingo specialist WhichBingo.

Football saw 2.66 million participants, bingo 1.9 million, golf 1.1 million and beyond these participation fell below the seven figures mark. This is based on official statistics from Sport England

WhichBingo Commercial Director Simon Jones commented: “Bingo is now enjoyed regularly by more people than many of the games we play in England, and it’s time to celebrate its popularity at such a key time of year.

“Online bingo is so popular in the winter especially as more people opt to stay in the comforts of their own homes due to the cold weather outside. To raise awareness, we want to kick off the official start of the season by giving someone the chance to experience that winning feeling you get when your final number is called.”

The company is giving two friends the chance to experience the winning feeling of a bingo jackpot, by giving away a Red Letter Day voucher. WhichBingo is also launching an official Bingo Season which is now underway, to ‘celebrate the thrill of victory and the community around this growing pastime’.

Online bingo experiences a sharp increase in players from early December, with winter seeing an average of 48% more people playing the game in comparison to the rest of the year, according to the firm’s findings.

The increase in bingo’s popularity in comparison to other games is largely due to changes in the way the game is played, such as the boom in online gaming, while traditional bingo halls have declined by 75%.

The UK Gambling Commission currently licenses 58 separate gambling companies to offer online bingo, between them operating more than 300 sites in the UK.

Totally Gaming says: Whilst bingo halls are on the decline, the game itself is more popular than ever. Online bingo is booming, especially in the UK, and these numbers strongly support that.

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