Socio Cultural Gaming - Bingo

Socio Cultural Gaming - Bingo

Socio Cultural Gaming - Bingo

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As of September 2017 the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) was mandated the responsibility to issue, suspend and revoke licenses for socio-cultural bingo and also to adapt the license conditions, where it is deemed necessary.

Legislation and Regulation

The Socio-cultural Bingo and Bon ku ne are licensed and regulated through the National Ordinance Games of Hazard II 1988 (Landsverordening Hazardspelen II 1988, PB 1988, no. 66) and related Bingo and Bon ku ne Decree (Bingo- en Bon ku ne-besluit). The Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) is tasked with the responsibility for the licenses for Socio-cultural Bingo and is also authorized to issue additional guidelines where it is deemed necessary.

Socio-Cultural Bingo License FAQs

Socio-cultural bingo is a game of chance:

• organized exclusively for the purpose of social or cultural objectives and where
• players pay money to participate,
• monetary prizes are issued,
• players use playing cards with sequential lettering “B” “I” “N” “G” “O”, and several numbers and small blank discs,
• the game leader selects and calls out random letter-number combinations, and
• the players attempt to win the game by being the first to form the word “BINGO” by using the blank discs to cover the corresponding letter-number combination on their playing cards.

De (game) rules of bingo and the regulation of the game material are stated by law in articles 2 to 14 of the Bingo- and Bon ku ne-decree (A.B. 1989, no. 13).

Associations and foundations that have legal personality and with statutory objectives, that enable the organization of socio-cultural bingo under the law.

Associations without legal personality, but that are connected to an overarching organization that has legal personality, can apply for a socio-cultural bingo license.

Example: a parent committee (“komishon di mayornan”) is usually an association that is not a legal person that via a school is connected to an overarching school board, that is a legal person. The school board’s confirmation thereof must be included in the license application package.

Yes. The total amount of money that all participants together may pay up for a licensed bingo game is determined by law as NAf 35,000.

This is dependent on the maximum gross revenue and the ticket price.

Max. grossrevenue / Price per certificate = Max. nr. of certificates.

NAf 35,000 / NAf 100 = Max. 350 certificates

In a socio-cultural bingo the prizes may only consist of money.

Yes. If the gross revenue per licensed bingo game exceeds NAf 10,000,-, than a security deposit to the value of 100% of the prizes must be deposited or a guarantee to the satisfaction of the Curaçao Gaming Control Board must be supplied, for example a bank guarantee with an expiration date of six months after the drawing to the value of the total prize package.

The processing fees due in relation to a socio-cultural bingo license request are:

Gross revenue up to NAf 10,000 > NAf 150

Gross revenue greater than NAf 10,000 > NAf 500

The license applicant must also submit 2 adhesive stamps (“plakzegels”) with the license application, one of NAf 10 for the application itself and one of NAf 20 for the license.

Together with the license application, the applicant should submit a draft print of the participation certificates, which should, at a minimum, comply with the following:

• continuous numbering;
• space for the license number, the text obligated by the GCB and the date of the license;
• the name of the licensee;
• the date of the bingo;
• the prizes.

A participation certificate that lacks above information potentially belongs to an illegal bingo.

Yes. Participation certificates may not be sold to people younger than 18 years old. Should the winner proof to be a minor, the prize will not be issued to that person.

It is also prohibited to use minors for selling participation certificates.

The licensee is obligated to maintain adequate financial accounting of the ticket sales and expenses, including the prizes issued. The GCB may verify compliance with this requirement during the event.

The licensee is required to submit to the GCB, within 2 weeks of the event, a financial report of the socio-cultural bingo in accordance with the guidelines. The GCB will submit this financial report to the Stichting Overheidsaccountantsbureau (SOAB) for their review. Non-compliance with this obligation may have negative consequences for future license applications.