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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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6 Tips To Improve Your Mobile Bingo Experience

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Aug. 2nd 2014 7:43 AM

With the summer here, and some actual real hot weather in the UK, the inclination to log onto the computer and play online bingo definitely isn’t so strong. However, if you’re missing your bingo fun, you may have been tempted to try out mobile bingo for the first time. Most mainstream bingo sites now have a mobile offering, but if you’re new to it, you may be looking for some advice.

Thankfully it’s not complicated, just pick a mobile bingo site, log on and play. If you’re already signed up with a brand, just see if they have their own mobile brand and try it out. However, there are some things to consider, and hopefully we’ll cover some of them here.

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Sun Bingo Offer Love2Shop Vouchers

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Aug. 1st 2014 7:45 AM

Sun Bingo has been keeping us on our toes of late with frequently changing offers, it seems by the time we’ve ensured everything is up to date there’s another change from the brand, and this week we see the reintroduction of the £10 Love2Shop vouchers for new players to the site.

For the last 6 weeks or so Sun Bingo has been offering a 300% bonus to new players, that’s £30 free with an initial deposit of £10. You still get £30 on a £10 deposit, but that’s now £20 cash and a £10 Love2Shop voucher.

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Winneroom, The Standalone Room At Winner Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 31st 2014 7:31 AM

There are a number of brands online today that are part of the Dragonfish network, in fact the number is well over 100 currently and Winneroo Bingo is one such brand. What we have seen recently from sites launching on this network is a selection of exclusive promotions and standalone rooms and Winneroo have both to offer.

Although the site only launched in May 2014 it opened with a slightly different welcome bonus than many sites. Yes there is the cash match bonus that we have come to expect but additionally, you’ll receive a free bar of chocolate when you register and deposit with Winneroo Bingo. Their standalone room is aptly named the Winneroom and opens one a week for an hour.

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Film Bingo Walks The Red Carpet For Its Premiere

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Jul. 30th 2014 8:36 PM

We have seen numerous new bingo sites open over the last few weeks and today another opened to players. Film Bingo took a walk down the red carpet to premiere today but if you are expecting the sequel to another brand on the same network, think again. Whilst the gaming options are the same as it is powered by the same software as other sites (Jumpman Gaming), there is more to the site then meets the eye.

You will be a star in your own right with Film Bingo because you’ll be contributing to creating films with a small UK production company. All profits from the site will be going to a number of film projects run by the site owners, Dogs Of Annwn Ltd. The house prizes and jackpots remain the same though.

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EuroParcs Prize Draw At Mecca

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Jul. 30th 2014 7:49 AM

With so many players now trying out land based halls after enjoying the online game, Mecca Bingo has come up with a cracking combined promotion that requires players to visit the bingo hall and the online site. The EuroParcs prize draw runs until 10th August and could secure you a family holiday in Spain or France!

EuroParcs is one of the best known holiday companies in Europe, offering family caravan holidays across the continent at a budget price. The company has teamed up with Mecca Bingo to give one lucky family a week’s holiday for up to 6 people!

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Bingo Hombre To Join 15 Network In September

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 29th 2014 7:55 AM
Bingo Hombre

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Bingo Hombre

The 15 Network has been expanding at quite an exponential rate since the first brand launched back in September 2011. In September 2014 it looks as though we are going to see the 20th brand open, if not the 21st on the network. Bingo Hombre is set to open to players in September and we have been lucky enough to get a sneak preview.

Bingo Hombre is owned by Creatives Media Ltd and is set to launch with the standard welcome bonus available from brands on the 15 Network. However, they are opening with a pretty impressive promotional offer – the chance to win a seven night all-inclusive holiday to Mexico!

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Jackpot Cafe Facebook Ad Banned By ASA

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Jul. 28th 2014 7:18 AM

In April of this year one of our team, Kath, covered a story about advertising on Facebook by Jackpot Cafe. In the article she questions how responsible the advert actually is and suggests that it breaches Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) guidelines. She was so incensed by the ad itself that she even took the time to comment (you can read the article, and her comments here).

It would appear that Kath was not the only person incensed by the Jackpot Cafe Ad on Facebook; two complaints were received by the ASA and the result? Table Top Entertainment who own Jackpot Cafe have had their wrists well and truly slapped by the ASA and the advert must no longer be shown in its current format.

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Holiday Hat Trick At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Jul. 26th 2014 7:45 AM

The kids have finally broken up from school and the sun is shining, making the perfect recipe for the summer holidays, and to make things especially good the Holiday Hat Trick at Costa Bingo is giving away some summer themed prizes too!

The Holiday Hat Trick games started on Thursday and the first game saw prizes of a Summer Smoothie Maker, a St Tropez gift set and some fantastic perfume. Don’t worry though, the special games continue until 3rd August. They play every other night at Costa Bingo with tickets costing just 3p each. What’s more, if you buy three you get three free, and with the games playing as 90-ball, there are three lots of summer goodies to give away each game too!

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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.