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September 18, 2020

The gambling group gambles on creating a new order

Gala Coral withdrew its membership from all four trade associations

(UK).- Gala Coral caused a bit of a stink in the industry by withdrawing from all four trade associations of which it is a member. It confirmed that it had terminated “with immediate effect” its membership of the Bingo Association, the British Casino Association, the Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association.

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Gala spokesman said that the company was quitting in order to focus on trying to establish an industry-wide gambling association. “This is not us withdrawing from these associations because we don’t think they’re very good,” he said. “We’ve got a new Gambling Act and a new regulator, but we have separate trade associations where there’s a lot of duplication.”

Rank Group, the Mecca Bingo operator, appears to support the concept of a single association but shows no sign of wanting to follow Gala’s lead for the time being. But the Bingo Association, which will lose a big chunk of its funding, is more forthright, suggesting that the question of a single body “would be more readily asked from the inside out than the outside in”.

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