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September 26, 2021

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.


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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