When it comes to changes in the world of online bingo, we have seen quite a few in our time. The latest to come to our attention is the age verification at the new site, Blighty Bingo.
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This new bingo brand launched just a few weeks ago and after our initial look around, we chose to make a deposit and take full advantage of their welcome bonus and the fact that it carries no wagering requirements.
It was at the point of making our first deposit and availing ourselves of the £70 of free tickets for the next Guaranteed Win game and 10 free spins that we noticed something in the cashier.
In the bottom left-hand corner, in the navigational menu under ‘More’ was a red exclamation. On clicking it we were presented with a notice that said ‘Your account will be blocked in three days’.
There were two options – New Deposit or Verify Now.
Verifying Your Account At Blighty Bingo
When opting to ‘Verify Now’ you were presented with the choice of entering your driving licence number or your passport number. You were shown which numbers from either option were required as they were highlighted in yellow in the examples.
You can’t bypass this tool, you either have to enter one of the two options or contact support to see what, if any, other options are available.
Luckily we have both options and chose to enter our passport number. Our account was then automatically verified and no further action was required.
No Passport, No Licence – What Then?
We did try and find out what the alternatives were for those players who do not have either form of ID but are currently awaiting confirmation from Bingo Support. When we tried calling we were on hold for quite some time before eventually opting to give up.
It could be that we see this feature at new sites launching on the Dragonfish Bingo network in the future but currently, we’ve only seen it with Blighty Bingo.
We are guessing that this is all driven by the UK Gambling Commission and the fact that all online bingo rooms must know their players. What this means is basically that all players must be verified.
This Age Verification will eventually be essential for all UK bingo rooms in due course.