The rapid expansion and the enormous popularity of online bingo gaming, both in online casinos and on social platforms such as Facebook, have caused some unexpected issues. In Texas, the organizers of local charitable bingo events spoke on how the online bingo has influenced their ability to collect the funds for altruistic purposes.
Back in March, as the pandemic started to rage all over the country, most of the bingo halls hosting these events were forced to close their doors. Many bingo enthusiasts turned to online resources in order to get the dose of their favorite pastime. As the bingo halls shut down, online games saw a drastic rise in the number of players. This, in turn, caused the amount of money coming from the charitable bingo events to drop drastically and leave plenty of charities without their main source of income. The Texas Charitable Bingo, in normal circumstances, is a half a billion-dollar industry, netting over $32 million annually with most of that money ending up with local charity organizations.
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So, it’s no wonder that the people involved in charitable bingo are asking for help in their struggle to survive and be effective despite the Facebook online bingo gaming. The Executive Director of Texas Charity Advocates, Tom Stewart, spoke on how the people left without a chance to participate in their regular games at bingo halls went looking for alternatives with the closest and most obvious being online bingo gaming. His organization represents over a third of the state’s charitable bingo halls with licenses and Stewart says that it’s very difficult to even measure the negative impact the new situation has created with losses piling up month after month. He also said that the bingo revenues that are intended for charitable organizations statewide are expected to drop by 25%, while one of the local halls in Rio Grande Valley has reported that their income has plunged by a staggering 50%.
He also noted that Facebook bingo gambling is, in most cases, illegal as most of the organizers do not own proper licenses and that the illegal competition is putting a lot of pressure on charitable bingo gaming eating directly into the amount of money that is supposed to be used for the good of local communities.
Several other people involved in charity work in Texas also spoke against Facebook bingo gaming.
The Chief Operation Officer of the Littleton Group, Richard Bankely, added that Facebook gaming poses a serious threat to their charitable work and together with Texas Charity Advocates and other organizations is trying to draw the attention of law enforcement agencies and also Facebook management to this problem. They expect Facebook to recognize that the problem exists and help them solve it by shutting down illegal gambling operations on their platform. The other course of action is getting the Texas Lottery Commission to help the charities and provide protection against this illegal competition.
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The first signs are encouraging. When reached out to, Facebook responded that these bingo gaming groups are in a breach of the company’s policy and that they have already shut down some pages. The Texas Lottery Commission also clearly stated that these online gambling operations are considered illegal and that they are reviewing reported cases. If none of these actions provide an acceptable outcome, Texas charity organizations are considering going after these illegal operations on their own turf and seeking permission to broadcast their games live on Facebook.
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