In the UK, playing Bingo and Mahjong are some of the ways of entertaining elders in retirement homes. It is a good way to keep them active and encourage socialization and interactions with other people their age. It keeps their mind busy and sharp. During these kinds of games not similar to online casino betting, they can laugh and banter with fellow elders.
The good thing is you do not have to apply or submit an application to get a permit or a license as long as you stick to the rules and that it is done in private or places where the public does not have any access.
Based on the UK Gambling Commission website, gamblings that do not require specific permissions are non-commercial gaming, private gaming and betting, incidental lotteries, private society lotteries, work lotteries, residents’ lotteries, and customer lotteries.
So, if you’re planning to have one for Grandma and Grandpa, here are some of the rules:
- The game should be done in a place of residence, retirement home, a hotel or similar, or a private venue.
- The participant/s should be residents of the place or half of them resides at the venue.
- There should not be any charge to participate in the private gaming.
- The organizer should not make any profit from the private gaming even if it is for charitable purposes.
- There should not be any entrance fee to the event.
- There should not be any deductions on the prizes.
- All of the money at stake should be returned/divided to/amongst the winner/winners.
- Refer to the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act)