This week we see the bingo rumor mill in full tilt as the company Coral that owns Gala
gets in talks about a possible exit from the industry which would
leave the UK without one of its biggest names.
It is estimated that
Gala Bingo has a 45% share of the UK’s bingo sector so we at the
Hideout are wondering what on earth could replace such a huge hole in
the heart of our favorite industry if they get their wish to sell on
their bingo halls? Well a high street empty of Gala bingo halls is indeed a sad image to conjure but we assume whomever can afford to
buy this share of Gala’s empire would be able to keep those magical places open.
It has been suggested
that the reasoning behind the proposed sell off has a lot to do with
taxation on these outlets and of the controversy that surrounds fixed
odds slots but with those at Coral unwilling to comment on any of
these developments we’ll just have to keep you posted roomies.
We would love there to
be a presence for live bingo in Britain’s high streets for a lot
longer but we also wonder whether online bingo has superseded the
need for bricks and mortar bingo in the same way that Kindles and the
internet have meant a decline in loans from local library’s.
We have heard of so
many heart warming stories from bingo halls since the Hideout began
it seems almost tragic to lose this important social space in an
increasingly spartan high street already but considering the strong
social aspect of all of the online sites, are bingo halls just a
folly a nostalgic reflection of a time when there was no other way to
Let us know on our
Facebook page what you think and your experiences of live bingo;
let’s get the debate started!
We should reassure all
players that right now Gala is only said to be in talks regarding the
future of the company so any changes wont be coming anytime soon.