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Committed to Promoting Responsible Gambling in Vancouver

The Community Gaming Management Association (CGMA), as operators of Planet Bingo and the Galaxy Grill & Lottery, have been supporting over 30 charitable groups since 1988 as the only continuous drop-in bingo in the Lower Mainland. Planet Bingo is a modern two-floor facility that offers fast paced traditional paper-bingo and electronic-bingo 364 days a year.

The History of Bingo

The game of bingo began as a lottery game called, “Il Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” played in Italy around 1530. In the eighteenth century, the game matured and in France the reading out of numbers began.

Today, bingo offers a fun and exciting time with friends but it can also become addictive, and a compulsive Bingo player can seriously impact her/his life with negative consequences. At Planet Bingo, we’re committed to promoting responsible gambling in Vancouver as we want all of our patrons to feel safe and play responsibly. Like the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), Planet Bingo suggests setting a budget and sticking to it. Understanding the signs and challenges associated with a bingo/gambling addiction can help and to help you stay on budget, here are a few suggestions.

  • Keeping gambling fun and safe means gambling only with the money you can afford to lose.
  • Only take cash with you to the casino – keep your cards stashed at home so you won’t be tempted to spend more than you budgeted.
  • Use the budget tools on PlayNow.com and/or your Encore card or PlayNow account history to monitor how much you’re spending.
  • Set your Smart phone to time limit playing – take a break when the buzzer goes off, stretch your legs for a few minutes, have a coffee or a bite to eat, or head home. Ask a friend to call you at a certain time if you need the backup and additional support.
  • Call the BCLC Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-888-795-6111 if you are concerned.

Signs of Gambling Addiction

How do you know when your bingo playing is becoming a problem? It begins in in the cycle of compulsive gambling addiction. The phases are the winning phase, the losing phase, and the desperation phase. When a player starts to notice the consequences of gaming, they can start to feel depressed and begin to isolate, lie, and blame others for their problem. Other symptoms of bingo addiction include:

  • Disrupt lives – arguments with family about time spent playing the game, lying about money lost, missing birthdays or other family functions, and even interfering with their jobs.
  • Bingo addicts play to relieve the stress of something gone wrong in their lives – real or imagined.
  • Bingo addicts obsessively think about playing the game and when they are not sitting at the bingo table, they are making plans for their next visit.
  • A compulsive bingo gambler needs to play more often or add more cards, to reach the same initial high or buzz that they got when they started playing.
  • When the addicted bingo player makes an attempt to stop playing, they experience symptoms of restlessness, insomnia, and irritability – discovering that they cannot stop.

Help Available for Gambling Addiction

Help for compulsive gambling in Vancouver can be found via support groups such as Gamblers Anonymous, through self-help programs, in counseling psychotherapy, or even in outpatient or inpatient treatment centers specializing in gambling problems that can be found on the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) website.

Planet Bingo is operated, on behalf of the BCLC, by the CGMA at 2655 Main Street in Vancouver, BC and can be reached by telephone at 604-879-8930.