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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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Fill Your Stockings At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Nov. 22nd 2014 7:36 AM

Across the bingo world the Christmas giveaways are coming faster than Rudolph on a misty night, and at Costa Bingo they’re running a fantastic giveaway this coming week, offering a different stocking filler every day! There’s 7 games in all, and 6 have free tickets, with an iPhone 6 to be given away in the finale, for 5p a ticket!

It’s an exclusive giveaway for loyal Costa players, so to join in you must have made a deposit in the last 7 days of at least £15. If you don’t quite qualify, be quick and make a deposit today and you’ll get entry into the first of the weekly games this evening!

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Tidy Bingo Premieres Video Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Nov. 21st 2014 7:00 AM

If you’re a fan of mini games, and bingo, then you have even more reason than ever to log onto our own brand, Tidy Bingo this week as there’s a brand new mini-game launched, Video Bingo! It’s launched across the Jumpman Gaming software this week, but of course, you Tidyers know just where to go to try out the game!

Video Bingo is a mini-game rather than a bingo room at Tidy Bingo, and you’ll find it under the ‘All Games’ tab at the site. It’s as the title suggests, a video version of bingo. There’s no roomful of players to compete against, just you, the computer and four bingo tickets!

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Live Bingo Network Add 50-Ball Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Thursday, Nov. 20th 2014 7:23 AM

The Live Bingo Network, or LBN is a popular bingo network using software from Cozy Games and throughout the last year it’s gone through some massive changes. In 2014, sixteen brands have been added to the company’s portfolio including Raw Bingo, LMAO Bingo, and many others, and now the LBN is expanding its games portfolio too with the introduction of a 50-ball bingo room.

Already Cozy Games has many bingo variants, 90-ball, 80-ball, 75-ball and speed ball 30, but when we reviewed one of the LBN sites a few weeks ago, we noticed a 50-ball room. On our next log in it was gone, and we can only assume it was a trial run, but now it’s official, 50-ball bingo will be available at LBN.

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More Maximum Bingo At Foxy Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Nov. 19th 2014 7:01 AM

The Maximum Bingo games at Foxy Bingo turn up occasionally and they are about as exciting as bingo gets. It’s a couple of months since the last one but players are likely to remember as there was £50,000 given away in a single game!

These Maximum Bingo games play in 90-ball but the winners just carry on with even losing tickets getting a share of the pot. We love a bit of no-lose bingo and with such a huge prize pool to be given away at Foxy Bingo, with Maximum Bingo everyone gets a share.

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Cozy Games Favoured By Search Engines

Posted by Kath on: Tuesday, Nov. 18th 2014 7:41 AM

The bingo industry is full of reviewers and bingo players who are happy to tell you what sites they love, and what sites they don’t! Generally big players such as Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Mecca Bingo come out on top with a special place held for sites such as Tombola, but if you asked a search engine for any old bingo site, you might not get what your average bingo player would expect.

In fact, research from SEO company Blueclaw has shown that in fact it’s Cozy Games sites that come out at the top of the search engines, with Comfy Bingo a firm favourite.

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Win A Car At Ladbrokes Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Nov. 17th 2014 7:09 AM

Every now and then a bingo site will pull out all the stops with a huge giveaway and right now it’s the turn of Ladbrokes Bingo, and the brand is seeing the year out with a bang and giving one lucky player the chance to win the prize of the year, a brand new Seat Ibiza, to drive into 2015 in!

It’s pretty much the biggest online bingo prize we’ve seen go up for grabs all year, and there’s no catch or glitch just a simple, fantastic prize to be given away in one big game in December. However, it pays to log on at Ladbrokes Bingo now because if you play the bingo qualifiers, you could win free tickets to the Win a car game at the site!

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Poor Bonuses Fuel Online Bingo Tourism

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Nov. 15th 2014 7:51 AM

There was a time that once you had found an online bingo site you liked and enjoyed playing at, you stuck with it. Loyalty was rewarded in the form of reload bonuses and loyalty schemes, but the introduction of new UK licensing this month has meant a big shake up for the industry, and in preparation over the last few months, reloads bonuses have been reduced across many online bingo sites. We sort of understand why it’s happening, but by not rewarding loyal players, we have a feeling that many players are participating in what we term online bingo tourism, hopping from site to site to get the best of the bonuses, but only actually staying for a very short time before heading somewhere else for more welcome bonuses.

It used to be that for reloads you could receive some big bingo bonuses and that would be good reason to stick with a particular brand, but with some sites offering as little as 10% now, it’s little wonder that players shop with their feet and hop from brand to brand.

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A Good Week For Bingo National

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Nov. 14th 2014 11:02 AM

If you haven’t heard of ‘The National’ then you may be playing in the wrong club, as their linked games can have some huge payouts. In one week alone, the game paid out over £300,000 to two lucky winners.

We’re sure that you have heard of The National but for new players here’s a little round-up. Many of the UK’s bingo halls play the games on a daily basis, with clubs linking up all over the UK, which is how the jackpots can be so big. To date over a billion pounds has been paid out to lucky winners all vying for their share of the £250K on offer every week.

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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.
  • 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.