Not Just a Bingo Hall Anymore

Play bingo & Vegas-style machines, relax with your friends, and give back to charity

I hadn’t been over to the Bingo Hall in several years, so when I stepped through the front doors recently, I was pleasantly surprised.

The bingo business had been sagging for quite a few years when in 2014 Riverview Gaming Centre (as it is now known) partnered with OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming) to bring an updated digital / electronic gaming experience along with more and different games to its patrons. 

New, progressive Vegas-style machines like Mistress of Egypt, Solar Disc, etc. to go along with the ever-popular bingo (the place was packed when I was there).

“Way back when” bingos had always helped local charities… back when there was a smoking section and a non-smoking section (Did you know it’s been over fifteen years since smoking was banned on the premises?)… back when Riverview Bingo was a small independent company.

Yes, community charities are still benefiting “big time”:  in 2019, over 100 charities volunteered their time to collectively receive over a million (yes a million) dollars.

And not just the more widely-known charities like the Lions Club, Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Optimists, the Rotary club etc. but smaller organizations too like the Greek Orthodox Ladies Organization, Kent Minor Hockey, Merlin Parks & Rec, the Thamesville Sertoma Club, Wallaceburg Minor Baseball, etc.

If you haven’t been lately, maybe it is time to stop in and check things out for yourself. They’re at 497 Riverview Drive, Chatham; 519-351-3232;  

Photography by:

Article submitted by:

Jim Loyer, CK Senior Co-ordinator

Katherine Bechard, Riverview Gaming Centre
497 Riverview Dr. Chatham, ON  N7M 5J5
519-351-3232 |

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