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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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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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Dream Bingo Changes And New Advert

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Apr. 18th 2015 7:01 AM

At the beginning of this week a visit to Dream Bingo revealed that the site had recently undergone another makeover. The site only had a lick of virtual paint back in September 2014 so we were shocked to see another new look until we realised that the change was to tie in with a new commercial that is currently being shown on television. Other changes have been behind the scenes too with the appointment of a new Bingo Director at Betway, the company who own Dream Bingo.

When you visit the site now you’re no longer greeted with a sandy beach and bingo balls sun bathing, instead there’s the Dream Team and their very own Mystery Machine (you have to admit it looks like the van from Scooby Doo) waiting to welcome you in but what of the commercial from Dream Bingo?

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April Showers At Foxy Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Apr. 17th 2015 7:59 AM

April is traditionally the month of showers, although right now over the UK the sun is shining and we’re experiencing above average temperatures! That is everywhere except at Foxy Bingo where the April Showers are raining money with two brilliant £10,000 sliding jackpots playing this month.

Tickets are just 25p each for the games playing this Sunday and next, and you could win a top prize of up to £10,000 if you can grab a chunk of luck and call bingo in few enough calls at Foxy Bingo. The games play on 19th and 26th April, that’s this Sunday and next and both games kick off at 9:30pm. Tickets for the games are 25p each and are available for pre-buy right now! The top prize for each is £10,000, but as these jackpots are sliding you will need to call bingo in as few calls as possible.

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Great Rate Bingo At Ladbrokes

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Apr. 16th 2015 7:28 AM

Thursday nights are usually a bit of a nothing night, we’re nearer the weekend, we’ve gotten over hump day but not much really happens on a Thursday usually. Well Ladbrokes Bingo are trying to shake things up a bit and today you can enjoy a bit of Great Rate Bingo at their site in the Living Room.

What is Great Rate Bingo though? We’ve not heard the term before and were curious to see exactly what it is that Ladbrokes have to offer their players. The promotional content at the site simply says that they are ‘slashing prices but increasing the winning options for a night of guaranteed bingo worth and impressive £30,000’. Well that’s enough to make us want to read on, what about you?

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Game Village Is More Royston Vasey In New Advert

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Apr. 15th 2015 7:32 AM

We love a good bingo ad here at Playing Bingo so when we heard that Game Village had launched their first ever ad campaign we were keen to see it! With a take on the ‘village’ part of the name the ad is located in the real ‘Game Village’, but we found it more Royston Vasey than bingo heaven and we think we need a sit down to recover! If you never watched the comedy show League Of Gentleman you’ll have to take our word on the Royston Vasey thing!

If you were wondering what language they speak at Game Village it’s Bingo Lingo, and this seems to be the entire premise for this annoying, poorly made advert!

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New Look For LMAO Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Apr. 14th 2015 7:28 AM

To date there are over 50 different online bingo brand available on the Internet that are powered by the Cozy Games software as part of the Live Bingo Network (LBN). We’re always quite open with our dislike of these brands and the reason behind that opinion. That said, we have to accept that whilst they may not be at the top of our list of sites to visit and play at, they clearly are for some. For this reason we have to visit brands on the network and is was on one such visit that we noted that LMAO Bingo has got a new look!

Recent changes to many of the sites on LBN has meant that many of their graphics had to be changed to incorporate the new bonus structure, could this be why LMAO Bingo has opted to re-brand – an ‘in for a penny’ type attitude?

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April Showers At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Apr. 13th 2015 7:20 AM

You may have noticed we haven’t had much in the way of April showers so far this month and if you’ve been enjoying the lovely weather then you may be considering using the garden a little more! If you’re looking forward to Summer then from today Costa Bingo has a fantastic giveaway for you, daily games to help turn your outdoor space into an extra room and make the most of your garden this summer.

The first game plays today and until Friday 17th April you have the chance to win a selection of garden goodies from just 3p a ticket! There are barbecues, patio heaters and more to be won, ensuring you fun in the sun courtesy of Costa Bingo this summer!

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Totesport Bingo To Close

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Apr. 11th 2015 7:25 AM
Totesport Bingo

Totesport Bingo
To Close

There have been a few changes behind the scenes of late at some of the Virtue Fusion / Playtech sites; changes that don’t affect players but sites like ours that promote the brands. These changes have been around the affiliate programs that are used to promote the sites and recently we received notification about Totesport and how the brand is moving to a new scheme. However, Totesport Bingo is not making the migration because it is closing.

How permanent the closure of Totesport Bingo is remains to be seen, all we have been told is that it has been removed from the brand ‘for the foreseeable future’. The question is though, is the closure a great loss to the online bingo player or one that we wouldn’t have noticed save for the communication about the affiliate changes?

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Bingo To Slay The Film Bingo Dragon

Posted by Nickie on: Friday, Apr. 10th 2015 7:38 AM

If you’re an avid bingo player and a dedicated follower of the promotions that the sites have to offer then you’ll likely have noticed that many brands don’t really make an effort for St. George’s Day. We see many doing something for St. Patrick’s Day but often St. George gets overlooked – not at Film Bingo though, their exclusive this month is all focused on the English patron saint (even if the prizes aren’t overly patriotic).

The first prize for this promotion at Film Bingo is a garden hammock swing, a great addition to any garden (at least if we see the good weather continue through the summer). There are also two runners up prizes on offer this month so even if you don’t finish in pole position, you could still be a winner.

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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.