Bingo Charity Losing Customers to Casino Competitors

Bingo games regular customers are lured away by bigger, classier casinos whose main draw to potential customers is bigger jackpots and an attractive environment to play in.

This affects bingo games thstare sponsored by charities, who in turn support food kitchens or programs for the underprivileged and marginalized especially young kids.

When asked for a comment, a bingo manager in Aurora, Colorado said that her bingo hall used to host up to 200 people per bingo game. But later on, not even half of the 200 people who used to play there, showed up. A lot of bingo halls have already closed because of this problem.

To solve the problem, charitable groups have already been allowed to increase prizes and use gadgets to make it much more easier for players to play several cards at once.

The legal counsel of the National Association of Fundraising Ticket Manufacturers, which is based in Minnesota, said that smoking bans in some bingo halls and the image of bingo as a game that only fits older people also contributed to the decline in bingo games attendance and revenues.


Monday, July 24, 2006
Patrick Simons

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