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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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All Change At Winner Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Oct. 1st 2014 7:05 AM

We popped over to Winner Bingo yesterday, trying as always to keep abreast of the latest bingo offers for you. When we arrived we thought we’d landed on a completely different site as they’ve had the decorators in and it looks fantastic! Everything’s changed from the colours to the logo branding and even the sign up bonus, so we went to look around to see what we thought.

The site had quite a corporate feel before as many Virtue Fusion sites do. Blocky fonts, an orange theme and a quite simple design was what welcomed you at Winner Bingo but no more, as the orange is out, purple is in, as are softer edges and a generally softer feel to the site.

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New York, New York With Bet365 Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Sep. 30th 2014 7:10 AM

Every time we mention it we know that many of our readers will be shaking their heads but there is no denying it, Christmas is fast approaching. Whilst many sites launch details of their Halloween themed promotion, Bet365 Bingo have turned their attention to the festive season and are offering their players the chance to win a New York City shopping spree as a prize in their latest promotion.

Players at Bet365 Bingo are able to earn free tickets for the Big Apple finale game that takes place on 16th November. The free tickets are earned by winning a full house in any Yellow Taxi Cab game. These will be available at the site from now until 15th November and play from 11am until 1pm. 3pm until 5pm and then from 8pm until 10pm daily.

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Thinking Pink For Breast Cancer At Foxy Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Sep. 29th 2014 7:14 AM

As most people in the UK are probably aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the country, and many businesses, and many of our favourite bingo sites are getting behind this great cause. Over at Foxy Bingo there are tons of specials plans right through the month with plenty going to the Breast Cancer Campaign too!

There’s be special charity games, giant jackpots and more at Foxy Bingo as the Think Pink promos carry on all month, and not only will you have the chance to win some fantastic prizes but you also know you’ll be helping out a great cause too! This is the fourth consecutive year that Foxy Bingo is getting behind the Think Pink campaign, having already raised £30,000! All of this is raised by you in the bingo rooms and there’s plenty happening this year too.

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Kitty Bingo Back On TV With New Advert

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Sep. 27th 2014 7:19 AM

Kitty Bingo launched in September 2012 and not long after it opened to players the brand was seen advertising its wares on TV. The ‘cat ladies’ of the original commercial are now no more as the latest advert from this brand appears to follow the O2 train of thought with their ‘Be More Dog’ marketing.

The opening scene of the new Kitty Bingo commercial shows Fido soaking up the sun by a bowl of treats just outside of his kennel. Along comes a cat, as you would expect in an advert from this brand, and the two exchange glances with a little growl coming from Fido. The scene then incorporates a woman hanging out her washing; behind a sheet she is unable to see the confrontation that looks about to happen.

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William Hill And Playtech Renew The Handshake

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Sep. 26th 2014 7:34 AM

William Hill Bingo is easiest one of the top online bingo sites on the market today but they can’t take all the credit because much of that is due to the sensational Virtue Fusion software that the site plays on. A few sites have made software changes lately, but if players had any concerns about WillHill then they don’t need to worry as the brand has just renewed its deal with Playtech, and that’s great news for both bingo and casino players!

William Hill Bingo boasts 70,000 players on its books and is one of the biggest of the Virtue Fusion family. The software, provided and developed by Playtech offers a fantastic platform with many standard bingo variants, some twists on the theme and famous games such as Deal or No Deal Bingo, Lucky Numbers Bingo and others, not to mention the infamous Bingo Linx jackpots giving away tens of thousands of pounds daily.

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Bingo Withdrawals – Why The Headache?

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Sep. 25th 2014 7:27 AM

When I first started playing bingo online the withdrawal process came as a bit of a shock when I was in a position to actually cash out. Although this was some 10 years ago, I still remember the experience quite clearly. I’d deposited £10 at a site, one that has long since closed, played a little bingo and then spun in a win of £100 on a slot game. I was ecstatic and instantly went to withdraw rubbing my hands with glee and already spending the money in my head. I’d not met wagering requirements, it was flowed back to my account and I spent it up trying to meet the wagering requirements.

For me winning at bingo should be exciting and being able to withdraw your money should be an easy process. Sadly this is often not the case and can prove to be more than a little bit frustrating, even for the player who has been around for a while like me.

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£1k Free Bingo At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Sep. 24th 2014 7:46 AM

There are hundreds of good reasons to play at Mecca Bingo but if you’re looking for one more then this week you could earn entry into a fantastic free bingo session on Saturday night with £1,000 of free bingo on offer!

Free bingo is always popular, especially when it’s for real cash prizes, but it can get very busy. However with this promotion, only those who make the grade will gain entry into the free bingo at Mecca Bingo so with fewer players, you’ll also have a great chance of getting lucky too!

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Paddy Bingo Now Clover Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Sep. 23rd 2014 7:35 AM

When Paddy Bingo first launched on the 15 Network there were many that felt that brand were really pushing their lucky with the name. Paddy Power Bingo were already a well established brand we were obviously going to take umbrage. The owner must have known this at the point of launch but went ahead anyway probably with the belief that you cannot copyright a term like Paddy which is likely true. However, what they may have failed to take into consideration was the depth of the Paddy Power pockets and that it was highly unlikely that they were going to take things lying down.

Whilst we are not party to any hard evidence of this being the case and our opinion is one that is speculative, the fact the Paddy Bingo has now rebranded to Clover Bingo would suggest we are not too far off the mark.

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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.