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THE WHICHBINGO AWARDS ARE BACK FOR 2019

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WhichBingo.co.uk, the UK’s biggest website and community dedicated to online bingo reviews,  is getting ready to welcome over 180 industry guests to London’s Madame Tussauds on Wednesday 26th June for the WhichBingo Awards 2019.

This annual event, now in its sixth year, celebrates the very best in the UK online bingo and slots market, with a total of 11 award categories decided by a public vote of bingo players, and another 7 award winners chosen by a panel of industry experts.

At last year’s event, it was Mecca Bingo who came out on top as they walked away with a trio of awards, including Best Playtech Bingo Site, Best Customer Service and Most Socially Responsible Operator. This year, newcomers such as Buzz Bingo are looking to make their mark.

Gaming Progression on Show G2E Asia 2019

Bingo Life interview with Josephine Lee, Chief Operating Officer of Reed Exhibitions, Greater China

Can you provide us examples of other key speakers at this year’s conference?
 
“We’ll be officially announcing our G2E Asia 2019 speaker line-up in February. As with last year and many editions before, it’s guaranteed to be an exciting assembly of influential leaders that are fully representative of Asia’s gaming and entertainment industry.”
 
What else can visitors to G2E Asia expect to see on the exhibition floor as well as the Conference?
 

BINGO all the way:Leisure Electronics / Wexel Gaming return to the Bingo Pavilion for ICE 2019

Chris Shipley Sales & Projects Manager at Leisure Electronics Ltd & Wexel Gaming chats to Bingo Life 

For Leisure Electronics and Wexel Gaming, ICE offers a very a different visitor demography to EAG, covering a much broader audience in terms of the markets it caters to and creating a great opportunity for both companies to showcase products and connect with other sectors, such as online, betting, bingo, etc. Factoring in international delegates attending the show, the audience becomes huge.

ECM – for services to the bingo industry

Ian Creer Technical Account Manager chats to Bingo Life

ECM Systems is a name that has long been synonymous with land based bingo: purchased by leading online gaming software giant Playtech, they are successfully establishing themselves as a key part of the business and working hard to reap the benefits of being part of a sector leading company, helping them meet customer needs more quickly in a market place that is increasing steered by technology.

It has been an incredibly busy and exciting twelve months for ECM, under the second year of ownership by Playtech, and working hard within the group to integrate their product portfolio.

The Biggest BUZZ in bingo

 103 clubs and a £40 million investment

A number of towns and bingo players across the country have felt, and seen, the winds of change blow through, as Gala Bingo rebranded to Buzz Bingo, establishing itself as the newest and largest licensed bingo club operator in Great Britain.

The transformation is now almost complete and Buzz Bingo has launched all 103 clubs across the country following a staggering investment of £40 million, with the remaining 19 clubs due to be completed by February 2019: players are seeing the changes and experiencing the benefits. The launch of Buzz Bingo has also coincided with the introduction of a brand new online offering - buzzbingo.com.

For the love of Bingo!

 

Paddy Cronin, CEO of Edward Thompson chats to Bingo Life 

The name Edward Thompson (ET) is for many synonymous with all things bingo, having started out over 150 years ago in Sunderland. They produced their very first bingo ticket in 1958: with the first commercial bingo club opening in 1961, by 1965 Edward Thompson were producing more than 50 million tickets every week.

While times and technologies have changed, ET remain very much in the bingo firmament and have evolved and expanded. Bingo Life caught up with ‘Mr Bingo’ himself, the larger than life character that is Paddy Cronin, CEO of Edward Thompson, a direct descendant of the man who started it all.

Everyone in bingo knows Edward Thompson, and a great many know you personally, but when did it all start?

The Success of Snail Mail in a digital world

 

Anthony Halliwell, General Manager at Shipley Creative chats to Bingo Life

It’s 2018 and despite the unrelenting progress and presence of the digital and online worlds in people’s lives, traditional direct marketing remains a powerful communication and sales tool that can often be overlooked.

UK total inland letter volumes declined by 3.1% p.a. from 2005 to 2008, and by 6.3% p.a. from 2008 to 2013, driven by the economic downturn and increased use of electronic mail: meanwhile UK parcel volumes grew by 4.3% p.a. from 2005 to 2008, and by 3.7% p.a. from 2008-2013, driven by online shopping.

On a mission with the NEW National Bingo Game: More prizes = More winners

The new National Bingo Game, which launched on Monday 30th April, is on a nationwide mission to make more winners!

The new game sees the return of the club prize and will create a winner in every participating club on every game: as the game is played twice a day and in over 275 clubs across the country that is a lot of winners. In addition to the club prize, jackpots of £100, £1,000 and £50,000 are available to be won on every game: win in 24 numbers or less to bag £100, win in 20 numbers or less to grab a £1,000, and if a players wins in 16 numbers or less it’s time to get the party started as they could be a £50,000 winner.

Award Winning Compliance: The Bingo Association’s Cherry Hosking wins Compliance Officer of The Year

Cherry Hosking, Company Secretary of The Bingo Association, won Compliance Officer of The Year at the Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards, held at The Sheraton Grand, Park Lane, London on Wednesday 18th April.

The Award acknowledges an outstanding compliance professional that always goes beyond the call of duty and has embraced the compliance function within their organisation, implementing it effectively with enthusiasm and vigour. Judges were looking for an exemplary individual who pro-actively embraces the compliance function, and who reacts to regulatory developments positively in their role. The Judges found that person in Cherry.

Open Architecture philosophy drives NRM success

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Andrew Ludlow, Managing Director of NRM, the UK’s leading independently owned gaming technology and software solutions provider, explains how technology is enhancing the bingo experience

What do you think being an independently owned company brings to the industry?

The spirit of independence runs throughout the industry and from my experience, independence resonates with the culture of what is essentially an entrepreneurial sector. Independents have a shorter chain of command and the decision making process is consequently quicker. It’s also very important in any sector to retain alternative supply routes, and independence provides this very effectively.

How would you describe the main challenges facing bingo operators?

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