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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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Tasty Bingo Back On TV

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Oct. 25th 2014 7:16 AM

It’s been a bit quiet on the new bingo adverts front recently but a bit like buses, you don’t see any for ages and then a few come along at once. One of the most recent that we have come across is from Tasty Bingo, one of several sites owned by 888. For a while now we’ve felt that this brand has lacked any promotional love from 88 with the usual offerings adorning the pages. Could it be with the new commercial we are set to see some improvements?

The new Tasty Bingo commercials sees two ladies sat in a restaurant/café when a waiter comes over. Sporting his branded apron he says’ Ladies, we have some Tasty Bingo specials today’ and proceeds to put a tablet on the table. Said tablet then shows images of the promotions that the waiter starts to wax lyrical about.

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Halloween Party Room At Ruby Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Oct. 24th 2014 7:36 AM

It’s only a week until Halloween now and on the day the Halloween Party room opens at Ruby Bingo offering spooking good fun and frightfully good free bingo games. However, the party is an exclusive one and if you want to get entry you’ll need to play at the site between tomorrow and next Friday when the room opens.

The Halloween Party starts at 7pm on Friday 31st October at Ruby Bingo with £500 worth of free bingo jackpots to be given away. Now all you have to do is get your key to the door and gain entry in time for the party!

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Boost Bingo Campaign Wins Coveted PR Award

Posted by Gareth on: Thursday, Oct. 23rd 2014 10:41 AM

The Bingo Association’s Boost Bingo Campaign has been awarded ‘Best Public Affairs Campaign’ category at the PR Week Awards 2014. This doesn’t really come as a surprise as the campaign seemed to come out of nowhere to gather some pretty impressive momentum and support in very little time.

It was only launched in January 2014, but by March 2014 it had achieved it’s outcome, reduction on bingo taxation which was announced by the Chancellor George Osborne. In what would appear to be a direct result of the campaign, taxation of bingo halls was reduced not by 5% as hoped, but by 10% which was a bit of a surprise.

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Wear The Crown With Pride At Tidy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Oct. 23rd 2014 7:26 AM

As many of our readers will know, Tidy Bingo is owned by us and on occasion we like to wax lyrical about the exclusive promotions that we have on offer at the site. One of those is the Roomie Of The Month (ROTM) promo, an idea that was born in our standalone room. Every Tuesday the Tidy Cupboard is open from 7pm until 11pm and it was here that the suggestion was made by a player to offer a Roomie Of The Month promotion.

As is often the case in the Cupboard at Tidy Bingo, ideas are born and it’s up to us to take the player’s idea and bring it to fruition. That’s exactly what we did and in April 2014 the first ROTM prize was awarded to ‘cags’. She was sent a TOWIE Cocktail making set for her contribution to the site.

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Win Tickets To The X Factor At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Oct. 22nd 2014 7:12 AM

If you’re anything like us you spend your weekends curled up on the sofa watching X Factor and playing a few mobile bingo games from your tablet, but if you like to play at Mecca Bingo you could get more than you bargained for this week with tickets to the actual Live show!

Mecca Bingo is giving away 10 tickets to see the X Factor Live at the site right now with five pairs of tickets to be won! If you’d like to get off the sofa and see the X Factor in close-up action, here’s how you can enter the prize draw. There are two pairs of tickets to be given away for Saturday night and another three pairs to be won on Friday, and what’s more, Mecca Bingo will even give you £100 spending money to make sure you can get there too!

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£6,666 Jackpot Lane At Wink Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Oct. 21st 2014 7:06 AM

There are many different types of promotion on offer from the world of online bingo at the moment, many of which have a Halloween theme. You’ll find the words ‘spooktacular’, ‘ghostly’, ‘creepy’ and many more banded about on various promotional pages right up until Halloween and Wink Bingo is no different, they’ve got a ‘scary’ £6,666 jackpot game to offer their players on the spookiest night of the year.

31st October is the date for your diary and Wink Bingo should be the venue if you want to win a share of the £6,666 prize pool they have on offer. Tickets are on sale now at a cost of 30p each and you are able to purchase a maximum of 96 for the game.

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Last Call For The Home Cinema Giveaway At Film Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Oct. 20th 2014 7:45 AM

Film Bingo has only been around a few months but they are already well and truly ramping up the exclusive promotions. As part of a network it’s often a struggle to keep that unique edge but Film Bingo is certainly winning in the originality stakes! This month the site has been hosting its Home Cinema Giveaway and it’s now your last chance to join in!

The giveaway is totally unique to Film Bingo and not available at any other 15 Network site and that’s great because it means you’re not competing across the network either.

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Win A Wardrobe At Winner Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Oct. 18th 2014 7:03 AM

Winner Bingo have recently had a bit of a makeover, a new look that certainly improves the look of the site. If you fancy the same, a new look of your own, then maybe the Winner Wardrobe promotion is right up your street. The brand has named Everything£5 as their partner site and whilst the clothes aren’t your designer label, there’s some great fashion items on offer at the bargain price of £5.

The Winner Wardrobe promotion from Winner Bingo will see one player grab a voucher from the site. We were pretty excited about the promo until we saw the value of the prize – just £20.85 which will get you three items of clothing from Everything £5 and cover the cost of posting the items. That’s not a wardrobe, that’s an outfit!

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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.