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18 February 2010 – Belgium News Article

 

 

Verslaaft aan Bingo
12.000 bingokasten staan er in ons land opgesteld op café. Ondanks de ‘concurrentie’ van krasloten en het gokken op het internet blijven de bingokasten gigantisch populair. 1 op de 5 gokkende jongeren is aan de kast verslingerd. Dat stelde Koppen vast in verschillende Vlaamse cafés. “Mocht ik zo’n toestel thuis hebben staan, ik kwam mijn huis niet meer uit.

Het is sporadisch begonnen, je speelt voor kleine bedragen. Dan wordt dat 20 euro. Zo gaat de bal aan het rollen en voor je het weet speel je voor 200 euro en meer.” David was verslaafd aan bingokasten. 3 maanden geleden is hij gestopt met spelen. “Ik heb op een paar jaar tijd 35.000 euro, een middelgrote auto dus, verspeeld.

Voor de cafébazen is de bingokast een financiële melkkoe. De taksen zijn hoog, maar de winst is dat ook. Eddy was meer dan 20 jaar uitbater van een volkscafé. “De meeste zaken hebben het nodig om te overleven. Het brengt tussen 3.000 en 5.000 euro op per maand. Dat zijn inderdaad grote bedragen.

 

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Some quick math has the low-end revenue number 36 million dollars and the top-end near 60 million, so this is some fairly significant business and just like the American lounges and bars, many establishments survival depends on the income from these games. I have heard more than one owner here in the States say that they couldn’t make it without the video-poker machines and in the days of the bingos, I am sure that the business also helped many places run profitably.  In the recent post I just made on France’s effort to get the bingos legalized for their country, Patrice Debray (one of the Bills authors) quotes the impact as potentially 4,000 jobs and 300 million Euros revenue. So somewhere in the middle, the numbers become very attractive and the incentive to over-look the “the negative impacts” associated with these machines becomes justified.

 

I’ll try to find and post it, but I just read somewhere that “billions of nickels were reported to have been spent each year on the gambling pinballs” in America!

 

 

Now during the 40s, 50s, and 60s that equates to some serious cash – Some $50 million dollars on the low-end!

 

 

 

 

 

~ When I post my page on the “meters” inside the bingos – We’ll talk a bit more about this ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~ Bingo-Style Pinballs – Follow the Money ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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