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

Latest: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On

In an exclusive set of photos commissioned for Playing Bingo, the photographer Michael Hess opens up the secretive world of the UK's bingo halls for all to enjoy.

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Changes At Deep Sea Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 22nd 2018 7:59 AM

The world of online bingo is one that is changing regularly and for over 12 months now, we have seen more and more brands make amendments to their welcome bonuses for new players. The most recent alterations have been to a brand from the operator, Ignite. The brand is Deep Sea Bingo.

Prior to 16th May 2018, the site used to offer new players a no deposit required welcome bonus of £5 when they registered with a valid debit / credit card. This was followed by a 500% bonus from Deep Sea Bingo. This has now been reduced dramatically.

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Daily Jackpot Games At Flowerpot Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, May. 21st 2018 4:35 AM

Flowerpot Bingo is one of the many brands that call the Dragonfish network home. This means all their lucky roomies get to benefit from a range of exciting promotions including free bingo, slots tournaments, happy hours and an impressive loyalty plan. If we’re honest though, most of us play in the hope of winning a pocket full of cash and this is where their Daily Jackpot Games come in handy.

These Daily Jackpot Games are open to all of Flowerpot Bingo’s registered and funded players, meaning you can join in the fun if you have topped your account at least once since you joined them. The great news is that you don’t even to be online to play live as you can pre-purchase all your cards in advance from the lobby and they’ll be automatically played for you.

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VIP Rewards From Zinger Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, May. 19th 2018 7:39 AM

When we popped along to Zinger Bingo recently we noticed that a new loyalty scheme has been introduced at the site. We are always keen to learn how different brands reward loyalty amongst their players and at first glance, daily free spins seemed to be a really great way of doing this.

Zinger Bingo award a varying number of free spins daily to their players and the number on offer depends on the loyalty level that they have achieved. The minimum number of free spins daily for players is one, the maximum an impressive 50 per day but only on reaching level 50. Levels are achieved by scoring points and points are earned for every £1 spent at the site.

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Friday Big Five With Costa Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, May. 17th 2018 5:07 AM

Friday is a great day of the week, probably the best, because it means the weekend is just around the corner and we start to prepare for a little rest and relaxation, or partying, dependent on your personality. They are set to get even better because Costa Bingo have an ongoing promotion to offer their players the chance to win big cash prizes every Friday night.

The Friday Big Five is pretty much what the name suggests at Costa Bingo. On a Friday night there are five big money games to play. Each players on the hour and as the night wears on, the prizes increase. The best part though? The games are FREE!

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New Paddy Power Complaint Not Upheld By ASA

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 15th 2018 7:27 AM

Often it is just one complaint that triggers an investigation into an advertisement by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) but for Paddy Power Games, the latest saw two! The advert in question was for Paddy Power Games and was seen on TV back in December 2017. It featured a casino security guard watching customers gamble before turning away to play on his mobile phone.

The two complainants challenged whether the ad was socially irresponsible because it implied it was acceptable to gamble in the workplace. The ASA investigated the complaints but they were not upheld. However, back in November, a similar complaint about the same advert saw it banned….

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Jackpot Countdown At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, May. 14th 2018 3:17 AM

Mecca Bingo is one of the most famous bingo brands in the country, with an army of loyal fans who constantly log in to enjoy a wide array of games and promotions. Many of these are exclusive to their roomies, but this does not mean their networked promotions should be ignored. If you head on over there this month, you have the chance to win a share of a small fortune thanks to their Jackpot Countdown.

This exciting promotion is running throughout May and you can join in the fun online or on your mobile phone if you prefer. It has been broken down into weekly sections, each one made up of five escalator jackpots, giving you the chance to win a share of a whopping £18,000 worth of prizes each week, as long as you are one of their funded roomies.

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Jackpot Joy Want To Know If You’re A Saint Or Singer

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, May. 12th 2018 7:36 AM

Wasn’t the weather glorious over the bank holiday weekend? There’s another due at the end of the month and we all have our fingers crossed that the sun dons his hat again soon but we all know what the British weather can be like, so it could be that you attention has been turned to sunnier climes for the summer holidays. If this is the case then you may want to get involved with the latest Jackpot Joy promotion.

Jackpot Joy want to know if you’re a saint or a sinner, although the former doesn’t seem to bear any reference to the theme. The singer part does though because it’s the Eurovision song contest that the site is celebrating!

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Royal Wedding Fever At Bid Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, May. 10th 2018 7:40 AM

Royal Wedding Fever is set to hit Bid Bingo in the next few days as the site prepares for Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. Already wedding fever is sweeping the nation and even if you’re not a royalist, you don’t have to miss out on the preparations and celebrations at this site.

It all gets started on May 14th and for five days, until the actual day of the wedding, you will be able to win 10 free spins or a 30 second speed voucher simply by logging to Bid Bingo and answering the question posed. The quizzes will pop up as you login to your account and if you get the answer right, your prize will be revealed and credited within 48 hours.

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Around Playing Bingo

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.