altThe annual EGR Operator Awards, hosted by EGR magazine have taken place and some of our favourite bingo companies were nominated for awards. The event is an essential date in any gaming execs calendar and gives everyone in the industry the chance to enjoy the glamour of an esteemed award ceremony and to enjoy some essential networking and after awards partying.

Before the event even commenced, all delegates were treated to a rich luxury dinner and cocktail party which definitely whet the appetite for the event itself. The compere was the hilarious comedy favourite Rufus Hound who used all his best lines to woo his audience and had us all thoroughly in stitches with his routine.

With twenty-eight awards to give out, Hound had his work cut out but performed admirably, keeping his audience enthralled and entertained throughout. Stars of the show were of course William Hill as they were crowned EGR operator of the year 2011. With their fingers in many pies from sports betting to online bingo, it’s a brand that is truly competent and respected by their peers. With twelve nominations across all categories, it would have been a shock if they hadn’t won something.

Other big winners included Paddy Power, Ireland’s premium bookmaking operator, who walked away with three awards including both the social networking operator and customer relation awards and bwin.party who won three awards too. Bingo lovers will be happy to hear that Gamesys, Jackpot Joy also scored a hatrick! They walked away with the Bingo Operator, Marketing Campaign and Slots Operator awards. This is a great sign for Jackpot Joy and we definitely agree that they are one of the top bingo operators around.

Another fab win for the bingo world was in the one to watch category. This award recognises a company who are predicted to be a star of the future and this year’s winner was Wonder Bingo. This was another great win for online bingo and is perhaps a sign of future growth in online bingo gaming and its popularity. A full list of award winners can be found on the eGR magazine website.

The event is one of few that recognises talent and innovation in the gaming industry and is a chance to celebrate the stars of this field. With online gaming becoming more and more popular, awards ceremonies like this are a great way of recognising its role as a key form of entertainment across the globe.