MEGA Prizes to be won in our National Baking Day Competition

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Posted in Celebrity Competition Meccabingo | 17th May 2020

Don’t forget your chance to win in our biggest blog competition ever.

We like to set a challenge, so to make it really fun, we have a MASSIVE £1000 prize pool on offer to win in the form of Kenwood Mixers, InstantPot 7in1 Electric Pressure Cookers and £100/£75 vouchers from your favourite supermarket.

All you need to do is bake and make the BakeKings Dog Cake that he demonstrated here on the blog 2 weeks ago. It doesn’t need to be perfect and we don’t care if you improvise – just give it a go!

Don’t have the exact ingredients? Who cares – substitute them…

For full details on our comp, take a look Thursday’s post here

To enter, simply have a go and snap a picture on your phone of your creation. Then email it to us at [email protected] Remember, we need to receive your entries by 23:59 on 24 May.

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Sign Up and Spin to See if You Win (Is it Free to Play?)

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Hey there Fleas, if you’re yet to discover the brilliance of Bingo Games, you’re missing out! Recently, they’ve added a shed load of brand-new gaming titles and one of which we’re about to lift the lid on! Okay, I know what you’re thinking; many other sites offer new games to play, and I agree, they do, but how many of them deliver as many as 500 chances to win before you even start playing?

Naturally, before your fate is revealed, a deposit is required. Can we get a drumroll please? Once completed, you’ll be summoned to the wheel of wealth, a colourful wheel jammed with plenty of bonus spins options – oh, and the odd Amazon voucher too.

Will you land that top prize of 500 free games? If you’re lucky enough to win any of the spins up for grabs from this spin the wheel site, you then get to play on one of the most popular bingo slots for free – Fluffy Favourites by Eyecon. Nellie the pink elephant and her stuffed pals deliver a funfair frenzy of fun with plenty of bonus elements.

Now, what you do from there is entirely up to you, but be warned…

…there are hundreds and hundreds of games which are typically only found at online casinos and one of those just happens to be the brand-new Eureka Reel Blast with its Superlock Jackpot by SG Digital!

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For just 10p a spin, the amazing Eureka Reel Blast slot delivers the ultimate gaming experience, filled with no less than six jackpots; a base game jackpot and five multi-level network jackpots! Set beneath the surface of the earth lies a 5-reel, 50 win line engine crammed with all the tools needed to extract gold from the reels.

Mini, minor, major, grand and superlock jackpots pay up to £20K, £30K, £60K, £100K and £200K respectively, depending on the level of your stake that is. And, to win one, all you need is six dynamite symbols to fall anywhere in view. Well, this is the key to the possibility of winning one of those five bulging cash-pots!

Before your very eyes, a re-spin lock bonus will take effect and in a similar style to that of the money bag collect feature on the amazing Wolf Gold slot by Pragmatic Play, the dynamite symbols will lock in place. If you land the multi-coloured wheel during this feature, you’re guaranteed to win – yes, guaranteed to win one of those pots!

Bonus spins, wilds and a base game maximum win of 250x your stake are all sewn into the reels, alongside major thrills and excitement. Do you have what it takes to mine yourself a fortune? Don’t forget, 500 bonus spins could be yours, but only when you join Bingo Games.

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New Content from Play’n GO, Triple Edge and More

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The month of May has brought some good weather and some superb new slot games to play, all thanks to the likes of Microgaming (and partners), Play’N Go and Blueprint Gaming. We’ll begin with the brand-new progressive jackpot slot from Microgaming – Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah.

Players will be drawn down the rabbit hole in this 5-reel, 243 ways to win…

…medium volatility slot, where cascading symbols, increasing multipliers, bonus spins and a ‘golden coin’ system await. Golden coins will be gathered as they appear and stored in a golden teapot, and when it’s full, you’re guaranteed to win one of the four progressives on offer!

Brendan Walton, Design Lead at Triple Edge had this to say on the latest thriller:

The team at Triple Edge Studios is extremely excited for the release of Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah. This new game offers an abundance of whimsical charm, stunning bespoke art and most importantly tremendous win potential, complete with resplendent features including, Rolling Reels™ with a multiplier trail, free spins and to top it off a golden coin collectionthat may grant entrance into the Mega Moolah jackpot bonus.”

What Else?

Staying with the Isle of Man-based software provider, we can reveal there are more games to hit the online casino scene this month and they include Lucky Riches Hyperspins, electric Avenue, All Win FC and Football Star. In addition to all these, in the last day or so, they have announced further game drops to come in May and here they are:

  • Wizard of the Woods by 2y2 Gaming
  • Bank of the Nile and Bar-X Game Changer by Realistic Games
  • Gunspinner by Booming Games
  • Lady Earth by Crazy Tooth Studios
  • Cheeky Fruits 6 Deluxe by Gamevy

“May brings a host of new and exclusive games to Microgaming’s award-winning content aggregation platform, including the addition of another exciting title to its progressive jackpot network, featuring the Mega Moolah jackpot. Filled with charm, exciting gameplay and fantastic mechanics, Microgaming operators will be spoilt for choice this month and can look forward to our game’s roadmap for the months ahead,” James Buchanan, Director of Global Operations at Microgaming.

Who Else?

Play’n Go, if you don’t already know, have a commitment to deliver at least 52 slots this year – that’s one every week. They may be a little behind schedule, but we expect them to pick up pace later in the year. Slot 14 of 52 came a few days back – Agent Destiny, thee comic-book style video slot packed with espionage, thrills, bad guys and kick-ass agents!

Bonus features evoke styles of the 50’s and 60’s and the voice over is superb. You can expect to find wilds, scatters and three engaging special features; bonus spins with linked reels and mega symbols. CEO Johan Törnqvist spoke on their latest release:

“If you want to make the most entertaining games, you need to consider the whole experience, that’s what we do. Agent Destiny is not just a fun game to play, but also recapture the fun and excitement of the spy adventures the game is based on. Design, sound, features; all elements must come together to create a slot which captures the player’s attention and immerses them fully while they play.”

The list of online slots keeps on coming as every day passes by with Blueprint Gaming adding Legacy of the Gods Megaways to the list. There are free play demos available at certain websites, allowing you to get a feel of how the games operate before you decide to splash the cash. Which would you play first?

Source: “Microgaming Introduces Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah”. Microgaming. May 05, 2020.



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Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes – Mecca Blog

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As you may know, many of our incredible staff are currently helping out in their local communities and we are hugely proud of all of them. Many have come up with ideas themselves and others have joined in with similar ideas. In this post, we take a closer look at a small selection of Mecca’s Unsung Heroes and get to know a little about what they have been upto.

Kim
Natasha

Tell us a bit about yourself and your normal role at Mecca

Natasha – I have been with Mecca for almost 10 years in January and I am currently the General Manager of Mecca Birkenhead.

Kim – I am the General Manager at Mecca Swansea. Have been with the company for over 16 years, starting off as a pot washer in the kitchen 🙂  

You both had a great idea. What is it and how did it come about?

Natasha – During this difficult time for everyone we just wanted to make the most of the MeccaTogether scheme and try and reach as many people in need of help or support across the community.

We reached out to charities in our local area to see what support they needed and how we could help in any way in addition to operating blue light meal scheme. Upon contacting our local councilors, I discovered that the food banks had been closed due to the volunteers being mostly elderly and having to isolate.

The councilors along with their volunteers are delivering food supply parcels so we teamed up with them alongside another charity L6 community. We are doing up to 200 meals a day for deprived families, people with no support network, elderly and refuges etc.

Kim – My idea originated from the work we were already doing within the community with my team and Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East. We began working with several charities to help feed the homeless twice a week and we also teamed up with some smaller local charities who had been struggling to raise money.

In 2019 we raised over £3.5k for these charities. Emma Louise (Team member) and I then took the party in Swansea’s BIG CHILL, where we raised just over £1k for local homeless charities in the area.

Relationships were built with these charities and this is how the community kitchen idea came about and we got involved in the #Swanseatogether programme.

The Swansea together programme launched 7 weeks ago and the community kitchen work was put together by Natalie Holland and myself and was rolled out across the rest of the UK Mecca’s that we’re remaining open. At the end of last week, we have cooked and distributed over 65000 hot meals and care packages. This week alone we will be hitting 1500 over the week.

What type of things are you cooking?

Natasha – We have made a range of meals depending on who is receiving them, anything from chicken curry to beef chilli to scampi and chips. We’ve also made up little care packages with sweets in to give people (or the little ones) a boost.

Kim – All sorts- Burger/sausage/chicken goujons and chips. Pastas/Pies/Salads/Pizza even roast dinners!

Tell us about some of the amazing stories that came about from this

Natasha – One of the most touching stories that had been brought to our attention was that there was a whole street of deprived families in Anfield who had been left without food or support. Working with our local charity, we pulled together and fed the whole street on top of our 50 meals that day. We did this for the rest of the week until they were able to receive their food parcels. It was nice to be able to make such a difference to the people in that community who needed it the most.

Kim – We have had some amazing feedback form the people receiving the food. The primary school Blaenymaes created us a lovely ‘thank you’ banner. We have had hampers sent to us as a thank you from ACT and Gorseinon hospital. We received lots of thank you notes, letters and messages on social media from our customers saying how proud they are of what we’re doing. 

What satisfaction are you getting from seeing this rolled out across all Mecca kitchens?

Natasha – At such a difficult time for everyone l am grateful to be involved in and have the opportunity to make a difference to people in a positive way. Hearing feedback from the volunteer delivery drivers and charity organisers that we’ve helped someone in need or made someone’s day makes is really satisfying. I hope we can continue the great local partnerships we have made going forward.

Kim – Honestly, it just makes us all really proud to be able to help our community and be active with supporting the Swansea community. My team and I are so chuffed that we have been able to inspire others to work with their local charities and people within their community to provide meals and care packages for those really in need. 

Lynne
Donna

Tell us a bit about yourself and your normal role at Mecca?

Lynne – Hi, I’m Lynne, I’ve been with the company for 21 years. I started off as a CSS and at present I’m the General manager of Hartlepool. I’m an avid fan of brass band music, I won the welsh areas competition for percussion and played as a finalist in Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall. I also have had 5 minutes of fame and sang on songs of praise.

I am extremely passionate about my job and hobbies. As part of my role as a GM at Mecca, some of the things I enjoy include the fantastic banter I experience with the team and customers and also the ability to make a difference in the local community.

Donna – My name is Donna Brownhill and I have worked for Mecca for 22 years. I started at a customer service assistant then progressed through different roles to my current role as a General Manager at Mecca Kingstanding for the last 15 months.

You both had a great idea. What is it and how did it come about?

Lynne – We felt we weren’t providing enough of a community service and felt we could do more than just the Uber home delivery for blue light card holders. Colleagues and I, which consists of 6 GMs across the two clubs Leeds Mayfair and Hartlepool, decided that we could offer so much more in our local community.

We literally just rang up anyone that we thought needed our help. It started with local food banks and grew to what we are currently doing now. Last week was our biggest week so far with over 1360 hot meals delivered across the North East area. This includes working with the local council, hospitals, children, care homes, local blue light services, salvation army and local churches for the homeless shelters. On top on this we also contact our members and team to check on how they are all doing.

Donna – I see my job as giving our customers the best experience every time they visit amongst all my daily duties and responsibilities. Also keeping our team engaged and motivated to try new things. I am very target driven and live by the motto “Make it happen you get one life”.

I love people and I have a very bubbly personality. I can’t be quiet to save my life, I do try but I find it difficult. I love socialising and am known to my colleagues as the “Area party goer”. Wherever the party is I am there!

During this time our hub team here at Wednesbury consisting of myself, Matt, Mikey and Jenna, have been in touch with over 1000 customers through phone calls and Facebook. Around the Midlands area we have also delivered over 1500 meals and care packages to help so many people who are less fortunate than ourselves including hospitals, schools and care homes.

How has this been received by our vulnerable customers? 

Lynne – The gratitude we have received from our members to give them a small bit of our time to have a chat has been overwhelming.  Our calls vary from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on each member’s needs. Some feedback we have received is that they realise they matter to us even though our doors are closed.  

What’s been the feedback?

Lynne – The feedback for the services we are providing has been amazing from social media, emails, text messages and phone calls all of which have been appreciation.  

I know I speak on behalf of all my colleagues on how rewarding we have found this over the last 6 weeks. When you see all the volunteers outside waiting to pick up the meals to deliver it to the most vulnerable, they all have huge beaming smiles as what we are doing to help makes everything worthwhile.

The gratitude we have received from our members to give them a small bit of our time to have a chat has been overwhelming.  Our calls vary from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on each member’s needs.

Some feedback we have received is that they realise they matter to us even though our doors are closed.

Donna – We are very proud to be a part of this and likewise proud of being part of #Meccatogether

What more would you like to do if anything?

We are working alongside the council to seek out any vulnerable children who would normally receive a hot meal at school and may be missing out due to the crisis. We know how invaluable our help has been during this crisis and this has helped build extremely strong relationships within the local community.

The North East team would like to maintain those relationships and help other clubs build theirs based on what impact we have witnessed from the two clubs.

Matt

Tell us a bit about yourself and your normal role at Mecca

I am the General Manager at Mecca Oldbury. 

You had a great idea with Bingo SuperStars. What is it and how did it come about?

​I was asked by Kim Jones if I would like to get involved with the comms for Bingo Super Stars. I obliged as I saw it as a great opportunity to be creative and most importantly have some fun. I like to think I am funny however, my wife does not agree. I was out to prove her wrong and told her to listen to the people! 

What kind of things are you doing?

​I came up with a few ideas including Fitness Friday, Trivial task Thursday and ’Dear Jenna’. An idea myself and Jenna Horne came up with (OM at Brierley Hill).

Fitness Friday came about due to me previously being in the Fitness industry. My 4 years in bingo has let’s just say, allowed me to put on a bit of timber! As a result, I was named ‘pork chop’ by my peers and a certain Area Manager who will remain nameless… I donned both a Buggs bunny and horse onesie. This was for both comedic effect and to hide that I look three months pregnant. The post would include a form of exercise they could do at home or a challenge.

Trivial task Thursday was inspired by how I like to wind my wife up at home. She often asks me to do important chores and I choose to do something pointless to wind her up. She falls for it every time when I act excited and show her my work. Brings purpose to my life!

I had seen on social media how people have been doing very trivial tasks to pass the time and thought it would be great to hear what the team had been doing during lockdown. I also wanted to show people how to keep a happy marriage…👍👍👍

Dear Jenna was inspired by ‘Dear Deirdre’. The public used to write into Deirdre whose column was printed in a tabloid newspaper. They would ask for advice on very personal problems! I must admit, I found most of them hilarious. 

Dear Jenna was a satire where the team could share issues arising in these testing times, we set the tone to be tongue in cheek. Obviously, we did not want to be as controversial as the original.

How has this been received?

We had some very positive responses to the posts. Laughing emoji’s galore which was great. Dear Jenna was taken in the right spirit which was great. A few of the team hinting at murdering their spouses, we are presuming these are not serious.

Jenna gave some great responses! She is a natural! A new career beckons! The aim was to keep the teams spirits up by sharing some humour and most importantly, involving everyone. It’s important to maintain a sense of humour in these difficult times. 

Any funny stories to tell?

As well as doing various posts on Bingo super stars, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to help the NHS and the vulnerable through providing free meals. We have also been conducting calls to customers, checking in they are ok and have everything they need.

One gentleman asked if we could drop some milk and sugar on his doorstep as he was disabled and so was his mother who lived with him. Of course I agreed.

Ten minutes later, he phoned back and asked If I could also get him a large block of cheese. He then rang again 10 mins later and asked for a small bottle of whiskey.

Trying to be a good samaritan, I agreed, after all these are tough times. I presumed he would offer to leave the money on the doorstep for the whiskey at least. I didn’t ask over the phone as It didn’t seem appropriate. I was just happy to help. 

After half an hour of queuing to get into the supermarket I dropped the goods on his doorstep and rang the doorbell. The door was answered by an ‘able bodied’ young man. I asked for the gentleman in question, the young man told me it was his Dad. He then said that it was the third bottle of whiskey they had received that day. He looked confused. He then said ‘thanks’ and closed the door before I could get a word in.

As they say in the Black Country ’I had been done like a kipper!’

 I couldn’t be angry as this was such a ‘del boy’ move. I just had to laugh. He is not taking my calls, he no longer lives there apparently 😅😅😅

Well done to you all, your contribution in these testing times has been amazing. Of course, we recognise that many of our amazing staff are also doing incredible things in and around our local communities and we thank each and every one of you them for your passion and willingness to help out.

Have you had any unsung Mecca heroes in your community? Tell us all about them in the comments below

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Bake to win! Ready to take Mecca’s barking baking challenge?

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We adore World Baking Day here at Meccabingo.com – though, to be frank
with you, as well as celebrating this glorious day, we like to partake in cake
as often as our waistbands will allow!

And, with all the extra hours at home recently, we’ve had
plenty of time to perfect our pastries and puddings, sponges to shortbreads and
everything in between – thanks to our resident baking wizard, Ben Cullen, who’s
probably better known under his baking alter ego, The Bake King!

But do you think you’ve got the baking ability to take on our epic World Baking Day challenge? Here’s a little more info on how you can get involved, and more importantly, what you can win!

How can I get involved?

To enter, you’ll need to recreate the amazing Bake King Dog Cake.

Rustle up your tasty creations, then send us a snap to [email protected] We’ll then show your finest culinary works to our expert panel of judges (The BakeKing himself, plus a few cake over-enthusiasts from our marketing team) and will decide on the best and worst in class!

You’ll need to send your sugary submissions in by Sunday, 24th May to be considered. So, here’s what you could win…

What’s up for grabs?

Our first-place winner will take home an incredible, brand-new £500 food processor, plus an Instant Pot electric cooker AND a £100 supermarket voucher!

Second place will earn an amazing Instant Pot cooker, plus a £100 supermarket voucher.

But should your doggy have a soggy bottom, or a face influenced by a Picasso painting, don’t worry – you could still win a prize! A £75 supermarket voucher is still up for grabs in our ‘funniest disaster’ category.

So, think you’re up for the challenge? We’d love to get a
sneak peek of your submissions over on our Facebook page or Instagram. Baking beauties or filo fails – the more the merrier!

And if you fancy (or desperately need) a few more pro pastry tips from Ben, head over to our blog for more of his incredible recipes.

Need a little inspiration?

Check out these crazy cool cakes to get your creative juices
flowing ahead of your big bake. Ben’s Instagram page is a solid
place to start, but here are a few more record-demolishing doughs.

The world’s largest Jaffa Cake 

Its formal designation of biscuit or cake is a great debate that has divided the nation for decades, but in 2017, previous Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn, left no doubt in anyone’s mind that this cake (biscuit?) could be massive! It featured a 12-kg disc of orange jelly and an unbelievable 15 kg of dark chocolate. Measuring over 4ft in diameter, there’s no way you could drunk that in your brew!

Most cookies baked in an hour

Way back in 2013, Hassett’s Bakery in Cork, Ireland, baked a record number of cookies in just an hour… but can you guess how many they managed to bake? Let us know in the comment section below, before reading the correct answer at the end of the article!

The world’s tallest cake

This record was set back in 2008, and no one has come close
to beating this baked wonder of the world. Made by Hakasima-Nilasari Culinary
School, this monstrous marvel measured 33 metres tall and weighed a whopping 20
tons!

Right then, all that’s left to do is bake! Good luck and we
can’t wait to see what you can conjure up. So, go fourth, be merry and eat cake
– it’s World Baking Day after all!

And in case you were wondering, the world record for most cookies baked in an hour is a tasty 4,695! How close was your guess? That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

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Top 5 Gambling States in the US

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Gambling is a huge industry in the United States, and it takes a myriad of different forms. If you know where to look, there’s a great deal of history and culture to be found in the simple act of throwing the dice. While there are many top opportunities for gamblers nationwide, some of the best and most unusual options await discovery in these five states. 

New Jersey

Although it may not be the first gambler’s retreat to come to mind, New Jersey’s Atlantic City was the original gambler’s paradise, and it remains prolific to this day. 12 brick-and-mortar casinos are still going strong across the state, and contribute to the annual casino revenue of $2.87 billion. Those searching for the best online casinos in NJ need not look far, as New Jersey also carries the distinction of having completely legalized online gambling, effectively ending Nevada’s monopoly in the sphere. Even as gambling laws are steadily getting reevaluated in neighboring states and Atlantic City faces increased competition, the history and nostalgia of New Jersey continues to offer one of the most attractive gambling prospects in the US, all without the extreme heat of Vegas. 

 

Nevada

The desert state is home to the gambler’s capital of the world, drawing travelers from destinations across the globe. The fact that more than 50 million people visit Nevada each year just to try their chances with Lady Luck demonstrates the pull power of Las Vegas, the long-reigning champion of the casino world. Las Vegas is favored amongst gambling enthusiasts for many reasons, not least its alluring sense of lawlessness and impressive technological investments in the gambling industry. Approximately half of the 265 casinos in the state belong to Las Vegas, but those who live further afield also have a range of options at their disposal, including tribal gambling, poker, and betting at the horse races.

 

Pennsylvania

Despite the relative newness of the gambling industry in Pennsylvania, where gambling was illegal until 2004, the 13 casinos which have since opened are proving extraordinarily popular with locals and visitors, offering popular games such as slots and poker. In the city of Philadelphia, placing a bet at the races is also actively encouraged, but the real novelty value exists in the Pocono Mountains, where 26 of the 635 accommodation options are classified as casino hotels. These casino resorts offer an endless array of machines and games to please gambling fiends, all set against the backdrop of an incredible natural landscape and surrounded by a range of free entertainment options. Whether you opt for the Mohegan Sun, the Mount Airy Casino Resort, or the Country Place Inn and Suites, you’ll find plenty of entertainment on offer here. 

 

South Dakota 

Although the state’s gambling laws could be described as convoluted and perhaps overreaching, South Dakota deserves a place on your list for its novel approach to gambling. The state is known for its video lotteries which, alongside online gambling, remains legal, and is available to keen gamblers in as many as 1300 venues. There are also 25 physical casinos in the Deadwood area, and 11 tribal casinos spread throughout the state, culminating in a smorgasbord of opportunity for those who like to try their luck. The best part is that these video lotteries typically cost as little as 25 cents per round, meaning the risk of losing big is a far-off possibility.

 

Illinois 

Casino gaming across Illinois’ ten casinos brings in annual gross revenue of $1.551 billion, and if that doesn’t prove state-wide devotion, there’s always the long-running riverboat casinos, which have been in operation since 1991. The boats, which were originally established as a way of circumnavigating the laws against gambling on land, remain a tourist attraction for visitors and residents alike. In recent years, the gambling industry has grown in strength, particularly in Chicago, where visitors can find more than a dozen casinos with six more on the way, according to recent legislation. Beyond the casino walls, gambling opportunities can also be found in many restaurants and bars, at sports events, and at the racetrack-side, another welcome change with recent legislation.

For many states across the USA, gambling is more than a pastime. It’s big business, a full-blown industry embraced by professional and amateur gamblers alike, and if you’re keen to try your hand at the big game, these five states have exactly what you need. Consider each one an eclectic, exciting bucket list addition – just don’t spend all of your chips at once!

 

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