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But contrary to belief, bingo is no dying religion.
UK clubs still have 45 million visits a year, and the game's followers are getting younger every year.
Furthermore, for the first time in nearly seven http://the-best-bet.top/club/free-games-codes-club.html the UK will this month see the opening of a brand-new 1,000-seat venue, in Southampton.
Customers will enjoy a "pub feel", with sofa seats, music, and the ambiance of a night club.
It will certainly be no silent cathedral.
The opening is one reason why experts anticipate that, after years of falling revenues, gala bingo clubs in england will spend over £30m a year more on bingo by 2019.
So, in an era of electronic and online pleasures, what on earth is it about bingo that still appeals?
Image copyright Gala Image caption The Gala site in Southampton will be the first completely new venue for seven years 'A good buzz' On a Wednesday night, two weeks before Christmas, 350 enthusiasts are packed into a bingo hall actually the company prefers the word 'venue' - riga olympic poker club sounds more modern in the gala bingo clubs in england of Nottingham.
With few empty seats, it is what players might justifiably call a full house.
But traditional bingo like this now only takes up half the club.
While an older generation of devotees listens in silence to the caller, there is also a lounge area with a much more irreverent feel.
Here players can chat or text, while they keep one eye on the bingo.
They can even play on an electronic tablet, which automatically keeps track of the numbers.
It was they who introduced their mother to the game, not vice-versa.
But he admits he gets teased by his friends, some of whom think bingo is distinctly un-cool.
It's a whole family thing.
Currently the industry average is about 61 or 62.
Marshmallows On Friday and Saturday nights at the Mecca club in Nottingham it is house party time.
Often that will include rock and roll bingo, where players have to tick off particular tracks as they hear them.
In fact there is everything from Elvis impersonator nights, involving karaoke, to family games like rock, paper, scissors.
One favourite is gala bingo clubs in england many marshmallows can I stuff in my mouth?
This may bring to mind some post-war holiday camp.
But in an era when people sometimes only talk to telephones, it is also real interaction; and self-evidently it is fun.
Image copyright Rebel Bingo Image caption Rebel bingo is catching on in London 'Rebel' bingo If you want something truly alternative - which packs in crowds of young people - there is alsowhich is proving a big hit in Camden, north London.
The music is loud, the atmosphere is more like a party in Ibiza, and traditional bingo players would hate it.
Party-goers are issued with bingo cards, but there the similarity ends.
People dab off numbers.
Some people win prizes, some people don't.
Possibly because the food and drink is cheap.
After much lobbying by the industry, he then halved the tax on bingo hall profits from 20% to 10%.
The action seems to have had the desired effect.
While fifteen clubs gala bingo clubs in england their doors in 2014, ten closed in 2015.
Now the industry believes the long-term decline may finally be over.
We are very much alive, kicking and ready to grow.
It forecasts that spending in UK bingo halls will rise from £690m in 2014, to £728m by 2019, largely as a result of the chancellor's duty reduction.
The private investment group Caledonia certainly has confidence in the future, having just bought Gala's bingo operations for £241m.
And while Gala itself admits that we may not have seen the article source of club closures, it believes the British will never give up on bingo.
It's been stable for so long," says Simon Wykes.
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