The Mail Online which is the online version of The Daily Mail featured an article in which we felt they attacked a several prominent UK Bingo sites in an article about problem gambling.
We wondered about the reasons for the attack and more importantly, we are wondering if there is any hidden agenda behind an article of this nature.
To be fair to the Mail Online, problem gambling certainly does exist in the United Kingdom and we are sure that this problem does crop up at Online Bingo sites.
The problem deserves to be highlighted as it is one that can destroy lives and relationships.
The main thrust of the Mail Online Bingo article was about preventing players from getting into situations by limiting daily, weekly and monthly spend.
This is nearly an impossible task and means imposing a maximum spend policy on all bingo players.
Our main issue with the Mail Online Problem Gambling article is that they promote an Online Bingo room on the Mail Online News site which runs on the same software and has the same problem gambling policies as bingo sites in the article.
We are now wondering if The Mail Online is one of these cynical websites mentioned in the article. The Bingo site that runs on the Mail Online is Pink Ribbon Bingo.
Pink Ribbon Bingo is one of the better Charity Bingo sites we know of but its policies on problem gambling are exactly the same as the bingo sites mentioned in the article.
You are now beginning to see why we are feeling that there might be a hidden agenda here. Online Bingo is big business in the United Kingdom and highlighting problem gambling issues at a site might deter players from joining.
All of this whilst promoting Online Bingo from the very site that criticises it should mean that the Mail Online now has the opportunity to lead the way and show UK Bingo sites how to tackle this issue of problem gambling using Pink Ribbon Bingo.
We really look forward to seeing how they manage to do this.For what it is worth, most of the comments left on the article are from level-headed people who recognize that the issue of playing responsibly lies with the individual in the first case.