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Gala Bingo Rewards Lucky Player with Gibraltar Vacation Prize

Gala Bingo has always provided its players with exceptional promotions and prizes and, true to form, the renowned bingo site has recently given one of its members a truly fantastic reward. The lucky winner has received entry, travel fare and accommodations for Gala’s upcoming 2011 Ultimate Bingo Championship, set to take place in scenic Gibraltar.

The Gala Bingo trip, offered as part of the platform’s 2011 Ultimate Bingo Championship promo series, was awarded to Susan Mayhew. Mayhew, a mother of two from Luton, has not only won a great prize through a quick game of bingo but is now getting ready to compete in the Bingo Championship itself. The Gala Bingo player simply logged onto her site of choice on a weekday for a quick game and, a short time later, found herself winning the Gibraltar trip and a chance at grabbing a part of the Ultimate Bingo Championship’s £100,000 prize pool. Mayhew and husband Richard will head off to Gibraltar this fall with airfare, tournament entry and three days of accommodations at a four-star hotel being provided by Gala Bingo.

Gala Bingo’s 2011 Ultimate Bingo Championship will take place from 7th to 9th November in Gibraltar and will see many bingo aficionados trying their luck at taking home a share of the £100,000 in cash up for grabs at the event. Gala’s Gibraltar prize packages will continue to be awarded weekly through the site’s ongoing Big Sunday Playoff promotion.

Chris Parker Signs on With Gala Bingo

Chris Parker Signs on With Gala Bingo

September continues to be a landmark month for Gala Bingo as they offer up great promotions, special events and now, a new addition to their line-up of celebrity guests.
Chris Parker, the actor that rose to fame as part of the Eastenders cast has announced plans to join on with Gala in the launch of its brand new Gala Bingo TV show, “Soap Star Bingo Show”.

The former Eastender will be hosting a program specially designed to cater to bingo players that wish to combine their gaming with entertainment news from all of their favourite shows. Parker will host a weekly hour of programming wherein special guests from the world of soap will appear on the bingo show to be interviewed by the actor. Viewers will be able to send in text and emails to Parker and his weekly guest as well, meaning that aside from great bingo play, “Soap Star Bingo Show” will also provide an incomparable avenue for interacting with and resolving television questions from popular actors themselves.

Parker may have put his days playing Eastenders star Spencer Moon behind him but his celebrity should be enough of a reason for many interested viewers to tune into “Soap Star Bingo Show” this month. Gala will air the program every Friday of June at 8pm during Gala Bingo TV’s live broadcasting hours (from 6pm until 2am).

Gala Bingo Announces Closure of Additional Clubs

Gala Bingo Announces Closure of Additional Clubs

The last few years have seen numerous brick-and-mortar bingo clubs being forced to close their doors while businesses focus more on the increasingly profitable online renditions of their services. Perhaps the most popular of land-based bingo groups, Gala Coral, is now continuing forward with this trend in announcing the closure of even more clubs across the UK.

The company recently spoke to British press regarding plans to close six clubs in the near future while also considering selling off another 40 to 50 of their halls. The move would make approximately 200 positions at the club unnecessary and will lead to the loss of a staggering number of jobs across the nation. Gala Bingo representatives detailed the problem of continuing to operate land-based bingo halls in a financial climate that barely creates any profits from their existence. With borrowed operation funds reaching almost £8 billion even Gala, the largest bingo corporation in the UK, has been forced to make tough choices in regard to the historically profitable halls.

Numerous problems have contributed to the closure of so many brick-and-mortar
bingo clubs but perhaps the most damaging has been the continued loss of revenue caused by the enactment of smoking bans in the United Kingdom. With the continuation of these issues we can expect Gala Coral to carry on in shutting down it’s previously booming clubs and refocus efforts to the growing business of online efforts such as Gala Bingo.

Gala Bingo Detail Line-up of August Promos

Gala Bingo Detail Line-up of August Promos

Fans of the Gala Bingo network are in for plenty of exciting gaming sessions as the summer draws to a close now that the site has unveiled its list of August promotional events. Plenty of guaranteed jackpots, special games and additional site features all combine to make the final four weeks of the season a great time to play at Gala Bingo.

The first week of August sees the site focusing on providing extra rewards for members of their Windicate system by allowing “Win Buddies” to share prizes with one another, handing out some extra money whenever one of their registered friends nets a cash reward. Normal prize earnings will be bulked up for all Wink Buddies, meaning that a 50p win can easily be turned into £1 by taking advantage of this promotion.

Guaranteed jackpots will also begin cropping up from now until the last days of August as Gala Bingo begins to turn rooms or bingo clubs into special, month-long prize arenas. Amoung those rooms hosting these big, cash guarantees are The Country Club, The Royal Club and The Seaside Club.

Gala Bingo has done a top notch job of ensuring user interest for their fans in the days to come. Along with the assortment of regular games and reoccurring features of the site, the impressive line-up of this August’s promotions are sure to make Gala Bingo a top destination through until (at least) summer’s end.

Gala Bingo Dishes Up Two Weeks of Free Play

Gala Bingo Dishes Up Two Weeks of Free Play

Beginning on Monday, June 8
thGala Bingo is offering members of their site a special treat with two full weeks of games that allow play without having to commit even a single penny. The series of events has been promised to include an unprecedented set of prizes; over 70 free games and a guarantee of at least 200 cash winners throughout the promotional period.

Gala Bingo Players will no doubt be excited for the complementary games as they start up on the 8th and run for the following two weeks. The beginning of the week will kick off the fantastic celebration, allowing players from the UK the option to play for free from 10am until 11pm of each of the fourteen applicable days. Members only need to log into Gala Bingo then pick their appropriate club (broken up into the geographical regions of North or South England, Scotland and Wales) to get into some of the (entirely complementary) gameplay.

The decision to host two weeks of daily free games comes as yet another celebration of Gala Bingo success and the 80th birthday anniversary of the Gala Coral franchise. It’s definitely a good time to play at Gala Bingo as June (and the rest of the year) promise to hold a great number of no-risk opportunities at grabbing some extra money while enjoying the site’s variety of stellar game styles.

Gala Bingo Continues Partnership with Chartwell Technology

Gala Bingo Continues Partnership with Chartwell Technology

Members of the ever-popular Gala Bingo website will be pleased to note the latest move by the venerable gaming company as news of their contract with
Chartwell Technology spreads throughout the online bingo industry. After three previous terms of business between the two internet giants, Chartwell and Gala are set to go for at least one more multi-year deal after renewing a development contract.

Chartwell Technology is one of the industry’s best regarded suppliers of internet gaming software and will soon be hard at work continuing maintenance and increasing the fan experience at Gala Bingo. The site’s Gaming Director for Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling Division, Daniel Phillips spoke to press regarding his company’s desire for consistency with the user experience. Signing on with Chartwell for the foreseeable future will continue the quality work done by the software developers while also ensuring that no dedicated fans will be lost such as would be likely to happen in the event of taking on a new development client.
We can expect to see more great work from the folks at Chartwell and the promise of the addition of new Gala Bingo titles and software options in the months and years to come. While fans watch Chartwell enter into their fourth consecutive term as Gala’s software client of choice they can rest easy knowing that the games and functionality they count on will be maintained until at least the contract ending date in 2012.  

Gala Launches the Gala Bingo Wizard

Gala Launches the Gala Bingo Wizard

 Although it may seem that there are precious few innovations still left in the game of bingo, Gala has found at least one method of increasing the fun possible from the popular pastime with the launch of their brand new Gala Bingo Wizard. The innovative technology has already been launched across the UK’s assortment of brick and mortar Gala Bingo halls to rave reviews and may set a new precedent for the typical style of bingo play.

The Gala Bingo Wizard is a touch-screen system that automates the traditional bingo playing process to a revolutionary degree. Instead of paper cards, daubers and a personalized caller, Gala Bingo Wizard system lets fans of the game sit down at a computer terminal to play from a variety of games without having to wait around for new sessions to begin or any other, slower processes. The addition of Wizard ATM machines add to the computerized version of bingo springing up at Gala Bingo clubs across Great Britain, allowing players to easily add funds to their bingo cards without having to actually retrieve cash from an outside source.

Gala Bingo move toward automated bingo is sure to divide fans of the game that will either embrace the drastic new style of play or find themselves missing the traditional pace and process of a bingo session. For now, interested players can look out for the Gala Bingo Wizard terminals throughout approximately forty Gala Bingo halls across the United Kingdom.

Gala Launches Spring Promotion

Gala Launches Spring Promotion

Spring is beginning to arrive and many bingo players are beginning to come back outside after a long winter to start work on their gardens. Gala Bingo hopes to provide a little assistance in this direction with their newest promotion, the Win a Garden Makeover contest.

The Garden Makeover will reward a lucky bingo player with a
Charlie Dimmock-guided transformation valued at £2,000. All players need to do to qualify for the prize is deposit money into their account during the promotional period. Every £10 entered (with the –garden- deposit code) acts as one entry into the contest. This means that frequent play at Gala Bingo throughout May could end up being your ticket to a beautiful garden just in time for your friend’s envy this summer.

Gala Bingo has also set up the Windicate promotion for players with fine gardens or little interest in the Makeover award. The system has players creating a team with five friends acting as “win buddies” and playing for a collective full house. Windicate awards 50p to each member of the team when a full house is won and is available nightly between 7pm and 11pm. You can accept five invitations to other Windicate teams as well, meaning that you could be winning money for your Gala account without even playing.

Gala Bingo Find their Nectar Millionaire

After months of suspense and excitement for the online bingo community at Gala Bingo, the search for the next Nectar Millionaire has come to a conclusion with the announcement of the contest’s winner; a primary school dinner lady from Dartmouth in Devon named Joan Scales. The lucky lady is now able to enjoy spending the Nectar points along with her family, a sum that equals roughly £1 million in value.

Joan will be able to shop at a wide variety of different UK stores using her reward and can redeem the points for almost anything, from clothing to wine or fabulous travel vacations. She was entered into the Gala Bingo tournament during the original promotional period (between November 24th and December 24th of 2008) by playing Gala Bingo games often enough to accumulate many entries into the contest. Joan told press that she and her family has already started to spend the prize on everyday items and are planning to use more of the sum toward future luxuries including a trip to Spain and home redecorating.

There’s no word yet on whether or not Gala Bingo will offer up another Nectar Millionaire contest such as the one held at the very end of last year. Just the same, Gala Bingo players will still be able to gather Nectar points (at the rate of 2 points per every £1 spent on purchasing bingo tickets) as part of the two company’s ongoing partnership.

Gala and Presidential Mum Win Big with Mrs Obama’s Game

Not to be outdone by the inauguration of her immensely famous relation, Kezia Obama, stepmother to the new American President, has launched her very own bingo site in conjunction with Gala Coral. “Mrs Obama’s Game” recently closed its doors after fundraising for charity through an offshoot of Gala Bingo’s main site, working well as an event that intended to capitalize on Barack Obama’s presidency in an immensely positive manner.

The promotion proved to be an excellent way to take advantage of Presidential fever and managed to succeed in raising a large amount of charity proceeds to the Sue Ryder Care foundation. After attending her stepson’s historic inauguration in Washington, Mrs. Obama was quick to return to her Berkshire, UK home and watch over the bingo events. An avid player and fan of the pastime, Kezia Obama partnered with Gala Coral to promote a series of games that allowed for 10p of every pound played to be donated to Sue Ryder Care.

The series was a massive success, raising approximately £10,000 over its one hour a day, ten day duration. Gala will match the amount for a total £20,000 donation to Sue Ryder Care and continues to work toward their goal of contributing £1 million to Sue Ryder by 2010. “Mrs Obama’s Game” ran from January 14th to the 23rd.

Gala Bingo Plans to Re-launch TV Channel

Gala TV, the television channel previously operated by Gala Bingo, is now set to re-launch due to the company’s appointment of a new production team. The previous group responsible for Gala TV, Endemol UK, has now been replaced by ETV Media Group, a business that plans to bring the channel back into the bingo limelight.

ETV Media Group has committed to the production of eight hours of daily programming with a brand new look and feel. While favourite segments and gaming events will be left intact, ETV has apparently spent a good deal of time “freshening up” the fare soon to be available through Gala Bingo. Top minds at ETV have assembled in order to liven up Gala’s television offerings, planning to increase user interactivity in order to promote the ease and excitement of TV bingo. Both companies hope to improve greatly on their last foray into televised gaming and have been hard at work ensuring that the re-launch captures the feel of a real bingo hall from the comfort of home.

New presenters have also been added to Gala Bingo TV to further increase the fresh feel of the channel. Gala Bingo and ETV have confirmed the future appearances of presenters including Anthony Heywood, Cat Porter and Kate Pullinger for their line-up. Gala Bingo TV will return within the next few months and is set to air on Sky and FreeSat along with free, online broadcasts at