Mecca bingoThis week has seen a distinct change in the world of live bingo, with the Rank group who own and manage Mecca Bingo seeing revenues up by 5 percent over the last six weeks.

These figures reflect an increase in spending per head, but do not account for the decrease in numbers attending the halls. It is thought that this increase in spending has come about as a result of extra investment in high jackpot machines across the company's live bingo halls.

We love online bingo, but we love live bingo too

The relaxing of tight laws which hit live bingo hard after the smoking ban was introduced is injecting new spending power into the sector and giving long standing players back the entertainment value they loved best in their local halls.

For those that do not have Internet access or have enjoyed long relationships with their local halls this is good news and we at the Hideout hope that this trend continues to grow, staving off more of the sad number of closures we have seen over the last year.

Live bingo is a brilliant social pastime, which generations have enjoyed in the UK. At the moment most of us have access to a live bingo hall and have the choice of playing just internet bingo or a live game. It would be a terrible shame if we lost live bingo altogether in this country, but since the halls are unable to keep up with the increasingly innovative incentives and promotions offered at bingo online sites, it's likely that live bingo will come to an end unless laws such as those which govern how many fruit machines can be held in any one hall are relaxed.