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Michael Hess: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On
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Bingo And Social Club Five Years On

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Sit Down With Costa Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, Jul. 23rd 2016 3:34 AM

After coming home from a hard day at work, there is nothing worse than sitting down on an uncomfortable sofa. It does not matter with it’s the spring sticking in the back of your leg, the well worn arm or the fact it looks like it was purchased in the 70’s; it’s time to replace it! This is where the ‘Oh Sit Down’ promotion from Costa Bingo could come to the rescue.

This special 75 ball bingo game plays at 10pm on Sunday 31st July, and as always they are giving you the opportunity to earn cards. You have until 23:59 on the 28th, and Costa Bingo will give you five cards each time you top up your account with £20 or wager at least £20 on any of their fun packed instant games, regardless of if it’s online or your mobile device.

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All Scream For Ice Cream At Jackpot Joy

Posted by Lee on: Thursday, Jul. 21st 2016 6:20 AM

It does not look like we are going to be having much of a summer this year, so the odds are you won’t be walking along any seafronts enjoying an ice cream or two. Jackpot Joy do not want anyone missing out on their your favourite treats though, so have lined up a fantastic ‘Tiki’s Ice Cream Machine’ promotion, giving their roomies the chance to win not only a whole year’s supply of ice cream, but also a £500 cash prize too!

This new promotion is running until 23:59 on Saturday 24th July, so don’t hang around if you want to take part. The good news is that all you need to do is invent your own ice cream flavour and email them the details. Jackpot Joy will simply judge all of the entries on creativity and taste and choose their favourite. In addition to the main prize, 50 runners up will also be chosen, with each one picking up £25 cash.

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Furniture Frenzy At Dino Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Tuesday, Jul. 19th 2016 10:28 AM

Back in the Mesozoic Era, the dinosaurs did not have to worry about tables and chairs, and you would never find them sitting on the sofa catching up on the latest soaps! These days though they have upgraded a little and since they launched Dino Bingo, they have gotten used to the finer things in life and prefer a little comfort. They want their roomies to feel warm and cozy too, so have lined up a Furniture Frenzy promotion.

This special promotion from Dino Bingo is running until the end of the month where it ends with a special 75 ball bingo game. As always, they are giving you the opportunity to earn cards, but they are doing things slightly differently this month, and they will be based on how much you deposit. You will pick up 1 card for every £10 deposit, 5 cards for every £30 deposit and 10 cards each time you deposit £50 in a single transaction.

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Everyone Wins At Hippo Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jul. 18th 2016 6:22 AM

Hetty is the cute and curvy mascot of Hippo Bingo, and when she is not lounging around in a hammock, topping up her tan and sipping on an endless supply of chilled cocktails, you will usually find her working hard to ensure all of her roomies are kept entertained. She does this by ensuring there is a constant stream of promotions for them to enjoy, and right now they include a very special jackpot game.

This 90 ball bingo game is taking place at 9pm on Saturday 27th August, and what makes it so special is that everyone that takes part is guaranteed to be a winner. In total there is £10,000 up for grabs with £5,000 cash being shared by Hippo Bingo’s three main winners and the remaining £5,000 paid out in bingo funds to everyone else that purchases cards, with shares being based on the number purchased.

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Formula Win At Fancy Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, Jul. 16th 2016 7:36 AM

If you like living life on the edge and get a real thrill from adrenaline filled adventures, make sure you check out the Formula Win promotion currently running at Fancy Bingo. The Hatter has a knack for coming up with prizes that are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of his roomies and this month is no exception as he has £600 worth of driving experiences up for grabs.

This special 90 ball bingo game from Fancy Bingo plays at 10:00pm on Thursday 21st July and if you are quick, you still have time to grab some cards. Between now and 23:59 on Tuesday night, they will reward you with 1 card for every £10 you deposit, 1 card for every £10 you spend on bingo cards and 5 cards for every £50 you spin through on any of their exciting slots games.

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ASA Ruling on Daub Alderney Ltd

Posted by Lee on: Thursday, Jul. 14th 2016 6:34 AM

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are being kept busy by the world of online bingo recently. It was less than a week ago that we published details of a complaint that was upheld against Butlers Bingo, and this week Daub Alderney Ltd which is the company behind Lucky Pants Bingo have come under the spotlight after sending out a text advertising “100 FREE spins + 350% bonus”.

This promotion text message was received by the complainant on the 26th February this year, but after entering the required code, they failed to receive any free spins and only picked up a 200% bonus. They then contacted the ASA and made a complaint against Lucky Pants Bingo challenging whether the advert was misleading as it did not contain any terms and conditions.

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Take A ‘Lick’ At Lollipop Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 12th 2016 7:36 AM

When it comes to the weird and wonderful, there are many celebrated as ‘National Days’ (although predominantly in America). That said, there are some that just have to be celebrated at certain bingo sites and National Lollipop Day is one that couldn’t be avoided at Lollipop Bingo. It’s like the day was created just for them!

Of course, it wasn’t and the origins are actually known. However, we do know that the much-loved confectionary was actually named after the inventors favourite horse, Lolly Pop. On 20th July in America, many shops give away free lollipops to their customers and that’s a little like what Lollipop Bingo is doing in their own unique way.

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ASA Ruling on Butlers Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jul. 11th 2016 7:46 AM

Broadway Gaming Ltd, the company that owns and operates Butlers Bingo have this week had their wrists slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have they were reported for misleading information on their mobile home page. The complaint was brought after their page featured a promotion on the 15th April offering “Deposit £10. Play £35”.

The complainant contacted the ASA after challenging whether the offer was misleading or not, as it failed to mention that there were wagering requirements attached to the offer before players could withdraw any winnings. Broadway Gaming Ltd apologised and started that the missing wagering requirements were an oversight, and the page was updated to include the relevant information.

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Elsewhere on the site you'll find loads of great content on the game - below is list of what's available here for you.

Land Bingo

As the name suggests, the Land Bingo section of the site features information on high street version of the game, played at bingo clubs all around the UK. Here's what's there for you:

  • Bingo Guides - Our guides section will help you get to grips with a number of bingo related issues. Covering different aspects of the game they'll give you the advice you need.
  • Club Finder - Find a club in your town, and don't forget to send us your reviews of the clubs you play at. The UK's largest bingo club directory.
  • Bingo History - The UK's largest online collection of UK bingo history materials and information. Find out about the game's colourful history and culture here.
  • Lost Bingo Halls - The UK's only online archive of bingo halls that have fallen by the wayside, photos, comments and history on some of bingo's fallen palaces.
  • Old News Section - Our archive of old content from older versions of the site. The content here is still of interest to bingo fans, but archived in its own section as it is no longer updated.

Mobile Bingo

One of the newest ways of playing bingo, the game on mobile platforms is still in its infancy. Rest assured, we'll help keep you up to date in our Mobile Bingo section.

  • Platforms - If you don't know your dongle from you WAP, take a look at our quick guide on the technology and platforms of the mobile gaming world.
  • Reviews - Using our tried and tested play testing and review criteria, we take a look at what's hot and what's not in the world of mobile bingo.

Online Bingo

For those that enjoy a game of bingo without leaving the house, our Online Bingo section features loads of great info to help you choose the best bingo sites to play at, the best deals, and the pitfalls of playing bingo online.

  • Bonuses & Promo Codes - Find out about the many bonuses available for online players, and any extra bonuses we've been able to arrange on your behalf.
  • Complaints - If you've been cheated by an online bingo site, or found yourself with a grievance, then check out our complaints section to see what satisfaction you can get.
  • Facebook Bingo - In the last couple of years, a number of popular bingo games have appeared on Facebook. We review them in our Facebook Bingo section.
  • Free Bingo - Playing for free for cash prizes has become a big hit in the online bingo world. Take a look at our list of some of the most popular free sites and free offers.
  • Funding Methods - This section is a guide to what sorts of payment methods you can use with online bingo, and lists which sites tale which payment methods.
  • Networks - Bingo networks are an integral part of the online experience, but most players know little about networking and what it means. Find out who's networked and who isn't.
  • Reviews - We've reviewed and play tested all the most popular bingo sites, as well as many you've probably never heard of before. Get the low down in our reviews section.
  • Slots & Side Games - Many a bingo player likes to spend a bit of time playing the various side games on offer. Our guide reviews some of the most popular.
  • Software - Despite there being hundreds of online bingo sites, there are only a handful of software solutions powering the games. Find out which one your favourite site runs on here.

General Bingo

As well as our three dedicated sections, there are a number of other sections of the site which cover areas that would fit well in to both the land and online sections, rather than to just the one of them.

  • Articles And Interviews - Editorial and interviews on different aspects of bingo, from industry events to legal info and review of people involved in the game.
  • Bingo Fun - Take a bingo themed coffe-break with one of our fun quizzes or eye-catching galleries.
  • Blog And Bingo News - You'll see the latest posts above, but if you want to delve deeper, this page will get you in to all our older posts on the new blog.
  • Competitions And Prizes - Creative challenges and the chance to win prizes, take a look what competitions we have on.
  • Creative Corner - Fancy a bit of bingo culture? Our Creative Corner is right for you. Art, writing, photography and more, all inspired by the game.
  • Gallery - A section to quickly find the visual things we have on the site. From the Flickr groups to the club images and other stuff.
  • Shop - A range of different bingo related items, from tickets and pens through to games and DVDs. Take a look and see if what you need's there.

And finally, if you'd like to contact us you can do it here: Contact Playing Bingo, and if you want to find out about who runs the site, visit our About Us page.