Bingo Premises or Bingo Halls
Last updated: 18/07/2013
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Bingo is deemed to be equal chance gaming. This is defined as
(a) it does not involve playing or staking against a bank;
(b) the chances are equally favourable to all players.
It is immaterial how the bank is described or whether the bank
is controlled or administered by a player.
In order to provide bingo as a commercial venture, a bingo
operating licence is required from the Gambling Commission and a
licence is required from the licensing authority. Conditions
may be attached:
(a) limiting amounts that may be staked;
(b) limiting the amount that may be charged;
(c) limiting the amount or value of a prize or class of
(d) requiring that at least a specified proportion of stakes be
paid out by way of prizes;
(e) imposing requirements that are specific to games of bingo
played on more than one set of premises.
Bingo may be played in:
Commercial Bingo Clubs where there should be no
statutory limits on:
(a) stakes and prizes;
(b) frequency of multiple bingo games.
The Gambling Commission should approve any new games.
Rollovers would be permitted.
This had not been permitted under previous legislation.
Clubs and Pubs
- No authorisation is needed under the Gambling Act 2005 unless
the bingo offered is high turnover bingo.
- High turnover bingo is defined as bingo where the total stakes
and prizes in any 7 day period exceed £2,000.
- The high turnover period begins on the first day of the 7 day
period and expires 12 months after that day.
- Subsequent high turnover periods can occur during the 12 month
period and will not result in a new 12 month high
turnover period beginning.
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