The Bingo Project (www.kent.ac.uk/thebingoproject) has hoped to achieve two key objectives:
1) to better understand how the game of bingo is regulated in different places around the world;
2) and to relate that better understanding back to debates in law, politics, and political economy about gambling.
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, one of the UK’s main academic research funders, the three-year project selected four case studies of bingo in England and Wales, Canada, Brazil, and online in the European Union. We wanted to gain a good overview of the diverse ways in which bingo is played (online versus land-based; in commercial halls versus in charitable
facilities), and of legal approaches (e.g. criminal prohibition, licensing as charitable activity; licensing as commercial activity).