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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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bet365 Bingo Have A Winter Wishlist

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Dec. 6th 2016 7:48 AM

We’re just 19 days away from Christmas Day now and the festive promotions are being rolled out thick and fast from the big named brands in the world of online bingo. It’s a great time of year with good cheer, an atmosphere full of excitment and a promotional bingo schedule packed with prizes and jackpots galore. bet365 Bingo are getting in on the action with their Winter Wishlist offer, one that has an abundance of vouchers, gadets and getaways or experiences to be won.

You can get involved at bet365 Bingo just by playing for cash at their site in the Gifts Galore room. Each week, from Saturday to Thursday, you can qualify for tickets for the All Winners Finale. We’ve missed the first week were £400 of M&S vouchers were won, but this Friday there’s three gadgets to be won in the special game at 9pm.

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Wink Bingo’s Christmas Calendar

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Dec. 5th 2016 5:17 AM

This year’s festive season is shaping up to be one of the best if you are an online bingo player, as all the biggest brands are pulling out all the stops to bring you their best promotions. This includes the Eventful Calendar from Wink Bingo, a fantastic new promotion that is made up of a series of special games, each one coming packed full of guaranteed cash jackpots.

Wink Bingo‘s Eventful Calendar is running throughout December, and whilst you have missed out on the first game, there is no need to feel too disheartened as there is still five more to go and a small fortune’s worth of jackpots just waiting to be won. They appreciate that you can be busy doing others things now of the year too, so you can log in right now and pre-purchase your cards.

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Chit Chat, Bingo Zino And Bid Bingo Welcome Offers

Posted by Nickie on: Sunday, Dec. 4th 2016 7:23 AM

Chit Chat Bingo, Bingo Zino and Bid Bingo are names that you may well have heard before many times in the world of online gaming but what you may not have known is that they all closed for a short while recently. Like many sites on the G2 Gtech software, the brands just shut down in April 2016.

However, by mid-October 2016 all three sites were back but no longer powered by the G2 Gtech software. Instead, Chit Chat, Bingo Zingo and Bid Bingo are all now powered by the BingoS software as part of the Dragonfish network.

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The Scourge Of Bingo Halls?

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Dec. 2nd 2016 1:25 PM

Bingo Hall Slots

Are B3 Machines
A Scourge?

B3 machines, a harmless distraction during session breaks or the scourge of bingo halls? Well, according to the Christian Institute, they constitute ‘legalised mugging’. Recent legislation has allowed the pay outs on free standing slot machine to increase in both bingo halls and casinos. Great news, but, at the same time the machines are allowed to accept higher stakes (potentially bad news for some…).

They noted that as reported by the BBC that the machines are positioned within clubs so that patrons cannot cannot enter without passing them (perhaps in the same way ‘impulse buys’ are located at the checkouts of supermarkets). Underlying this is the notion that problem gamblers will find it difficult to pass without stopping and punting.

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New Slots From NetEnt On Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Dec. 1st 2016 7:57 AM

As bingo players many of us love a spin or two on the side games that all sites have to offer. Film Bingo and all the other sites on the 15 Network have recently made some impressive additions to their portfolio of slots and these include a number of titles from the popular games developer, NetEnt.

NetEnt is the developer responsible for the popular slot Gonzo’s Quest and whilst the 15 Network and Film Bingo are yet to list some of the most recent releases from NetEnt (the third in the Rock Trilogy, Motörhead being just one of the most recent), there are a number of favourites now available to play.

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Win Christmas On Bubble Bonus Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Nov. 29th 2016 7:37 AM

All of the festive promotions are being rolled out across the online bingo sites and as players, we’re really spoiled for choice. The latest to reach our ears comes from Bubble Bonus Bingo. The site is offer you the chance to win Christmas on them and the best part, tickets cost just 50p each.

It could be that your purse strings are already stretched because of the cost of Christmas so Bubble Bonus Bingo are giving away tickets for the game every Friday. Head to the Jingle Room on a Friday (there are just one left before the game) and pay 1p a ticket and you could win up to five tickets per game.

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45 Days Of Christmas At Aunty Acid Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Nov. 28th 2016 6:08 AM

To be honest, Aunty Acid Bingo is not a brand we feature very often as we tend to find the Cozy sites can be a tad boring at times. This is why we were surprised when we noticed their 45 Days of Christmas promotion and found out it was actually pretty good and well worth you checking out, as it comes packed full of goodies that are sure to put a smile on your face.

The 45 Days of Christmas is running until Santa arrives and is made up of several small promotions, but in total they are giving away a whopping £100,000 worth of goodies. To kick things off, Aunty Acid Bingo have set up some bonuses, meaning each day you log in, you will pick up free spins, tickets to special games or bingo and casino bonuses.
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Selection Of New Dragonfish Sites Coming Soon

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Nov. 26th 2016 7:21 AM

New

New Dragonfish
Sites Coming Soon

Often when it comes to new bingo sites we see on average one or two launch each month. A recent bit of research using numerous sources revealed that over the coming months there are quite a number of new Dragonfish sites coming soon.

One that we hadn’t even heard of before its launch was Sin Street Bingo and this site is now open for business. It offers players a £5 no deposit required bonus (if financial details are included at registration) and 10 free slot spins on the Fluffy Too game. The site is owned by 8 Ball Games and operated by Cassava, a combination you will see a number of times in this article.

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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.