Bingo Rush Expected As Player Scoops £200,000



Luton’s lucky reputation as the bingo place to be for big winners has been given another bumper boost after a player at one of the town’s clubs hit the £200,000 national toto sgp just six days after her 80th birthday.


The woman, who has asked not to be named, won Sunday’s £200,000 National Bingo Game Jackpot, as well as the zone prize of £1,338.16 and the in-house prize of £293.56.


Now the club is expecting a full house for its next big jackpot evening on Sunday as news of another massive win spreads.


British Bingo Players Smoked Out?


The stereo-typical British Bingo hall, with its light blue haze and faint tobacco smell, may be no longer as the government has passed legislation that will ban smoking in all clubs, pubs, restaurants, casinos and bingo halls.


Set to take effect in mid-2007, British citizens with a passion for both bingo and tobacco have about a year and a half to beat the smoking habit. The more likely scenario however will be a drop in bingo attendance as many will be unable to fully enjoy their game without the usual compliment of cigarettes.


Bingo halls not implementing the ban will be fined £2,500 per instance of smoking on their premises, while the smoker will be hit with smaller £50 fine.


Harrah’s Casino Re-Opened in New Orleans


Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, forcing many residents to leave the city, it seems that New Orleans may now be getting back on its feet.


Harrah’s New Orleans has re-opened amidst the city’s Mardi Gras celebrations (something that was greatly questioned after the battering of the 2005 hurricane season). The Harrah’s casino closed just before the occurrence of Hurricane Katrina and its return benefits not only the flailing city but also the Harrah’s employees.


“This is a magical city for our nation,” said Anthony Sanfilippo, president of the Central Division for Harrah’s. “We knew that Harrah’s coming back, employing 1500 people, reaching out to our customers throughout the nation, and inviting them into New Orleans, was going to be crucial to restarting the city,” he continued.


The all new New Orleans casino features a 115,000 square-foot gaming floor, more than 2,000 slot machines, more than 90 table games and the largest poker room in the South.


In addition, work continues on a 450-room, 26-story hotel, located just across Poydras Street from the casino. The $150 million project is expected to open in September 2006.


Due to the destruction caused by the hurricane the September 2005 scheduled stop for the World Series of Poker had to be cancelled. The next scheduled stop, May 2006, is hoped to go off without a hitch.