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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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IP&S Brands Bite The Bingo Dust

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Mar. 23rd 2017 7:43 AM

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IP&S is probably a name that means absolutely nothing to you, and for those who are currently scratching their heads, it is a company that operates a number of bingo brands online. The most famous of those brands is probably Bingo Godz or Health Bingo but there are several currently under their hat.

Bingo Stars was their inaugural site powered by the Bede Gaming software, and some of the other names, Crown Bingo, Bingo Loopy, Bingos etc. were powered by the Virtue Fusion software. That was until a recent move to their own proprietary software that already hosted Bingo Stars. However, whilst many made the transition, some didn’t make the cut and have subsequently closed.

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Gala Bingo Back With New Advert

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Mar. 21st 2017 7:21 AM

Gala Bingo are back on the small screen with a new advert and it’s one that instantly made is wince when we saw it. The reason for this is that having watched it all the way through, our concern was that it was ripe for an investigation from the Advertising Standards Authority under the BCAP Code 17.4.5.

This code is a rule that says gambling adverts must not “be likely to be of particular appeal to under-18s, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture”. The whole Gala Bingo advert looks to be set in a circus or a funfair, both of which will hold appeal for youngsters.

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Egg-Splosive Easter At Wink Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Mar. 20th 2017 4:30 AM

In just a few weeks’ time, we’ll all be making ourselves sick by munching down on over-priced chocolate eggs. Between cracking open those foil-covered tasty treats, make sure you take the time to log in to your Wink Bingo account to check out their exciting Egg-Splosive Easter promotion, because before it comes to an end, there is a whopping £8,000 up for grabs.

You don’t have to wait until April to tuck into this special offer from Wink Bingo, as their Egg-Splosive Easter promotion is already up and running. Between now and Thursday 13th April, they are hosting 75-ball Daily Bunny games each evening at 9pm. Cards will cost you just a penny each and there is a guaranteed £25 to be won each time.

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Bingo Boutique Opens On 15 Network

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Mar. 18th 2017 7:17 AM

Bingo Boutique is the latest brand to open on the 15 Network powered by the Jumpman Gaming software. It’s launch comes just days after the closure of another brand on this network, All Stars Bingo. The latter passed with little impact to the world of online bingo, is this new site set to make a bigger impact?

The honest answer is no, and not because it’s not got a great design or a decent welcome offer. The answer is no because it really doesn’t bring anything new of exciting to the table. Whilst Bingo Boutique is on a network that currently has just 30+ sites, we’re becoming bored with the same old.

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Big Tease Bingo Lives Up To Its Name

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Mar. 16th 2017 7:49 AM

When it comes to naming your online bingo site, most operators have a struggle to come up with something original and relevant. All too often we see random words thrown in front of the word bingo to create a ‘brand’. This is certainly true of the latest site to launch using the BingoS software, Big Tease Bingo. Sadly it is not just the name that leaves a lot to be desired, the overall design does too.

That said, we did quite like the welcome offer extended to new players at Big Tease Bingo although it’s not quite what you would expect. We see sites launch with access to a free play room without a deposit all the time but this site goes that extra mile and offers a few free slot spins too.

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St. Pats Party Weekend At Costa Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Mar. 14th 2017 7:23 AM

Most people know that St. Patrick’s Day is not too far off now. As a bingo player, even if your didn’t, the rush of Irish themed promotions over the last week or so will have given you a clue. The latest that we have come across is from Costa Bingo and there is a trip for two to the Emerald Isle itself to be won!

The promotion was first announced on 1st March and since that time, players have been eligible to collect tickets for the big prize bingo game that plays on Friday 17th March at 9 pm. You have until 16th March to collect your tickets but alternatively, you can pre-buy them from the lobby at a cost of £2 each. If you prefer, you can exchange 10 Diamonds for a card too.

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Discover Your Destination At Virgin Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Mar. 13th 2017 4:27 AM

When it comes to holidays, what type of person are you? Do you like to stay at home and visit one of our traditional seaside resorts? or do you prefer to hop on a plane and head to somewhere a little more exotic? Virgin Bingo have put together a small questionnaire, and if you take the time to fill it in and meet the wagering requirements, then you could win yourself a holiday of a lifetime.

This fantastic new promotion from Virgin Bingo is running until midnight on Sunday 19th March, and to get involved, you will need to log in to your account and answer six simple questions. There are no right or wrong answers either, they are simply designed to determine your dream destination – beach holiday, city break, spa break or safari holiday.

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Land Bingo Is Alive And Well!

Posted by Gareth on: Saturday, Mar. 11th 2017 10:59 AM

The past couple of decades have been tumultuous for the land based bingo industry. The only real reprieve came from the taxation reduction in the 2015 budget which was literally a lifeline for many struggling bingo halls.

One main perceived threat to bingo halls has been the growth in online bingo. We say ‘perceived’ as we have yet to see any research which ‘proves’ that Foxy and friends are actually stealing customers from the halls. If the internet ‘broke’ overnight would we really see the bingo halls being flooded with desperate new players or, are online players a different species altogether?

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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.