Residential gaming is one of two forms of what's known as 'private gaming' - which can only take place somewhere the public can't access.
Where it can take place
Anywhere the public does not have access to. For example, a hostel or halls of residence.
You do not need a licence for this kind of gaming.
What you must do
- physically play the game together, at the same physical location
- make sure at least half of the people playing live at that location.
What you can't do
- charge any entry fees - this includes any kind of admission fee or fee for taking part
- make a profit from the game - even if you intend to donate the profits to charity or good causes
- deduct from or ‘levy’ on money staked or won by players in the game. It doesn’t matter if the charge is voluntary or compulsory
- run the game as part of a trade or business
- play the bingo virtually, or online in any way.
A group of four friends want to play a game of bingo at their student halls. They invite two more friends over to join them and everyone plays the game at the same physical location, using a bingo board game.
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Last updated: 1 July 2021
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