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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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Gala Bingo Go Behind The Scenes With Emmerdale

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Apr. 25th 2017 7:48 AM

Emmerdale Bingo has been popular with players at Gala Bingo since it launched but it’s currently a little more popular than usual thanks to a £100,000 giveaway. The promotion launched on 18th April but you haven’t yet missed out because it continues right through until 14th May.

As well as cash prizes on offer in the latest deal from Gala Bingo, there is also the chance to win a money-cant-buy experience for a tour of the Emmerdale studio in Leeds. Not only that but if you’re a winner, you will get a meet and greet with a former star of the show!

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Upgrade Your Garden At Costa Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Apr. 24th 2017 5:26 AM

It won’t be too long now before we see the return of the sun and your friends and neighbours will want to descend to enjoy a few cool drinks whilst topping up their tans. Unfortunately, this means you need to tackle the weeding and all those other little jobs you have been putting off over the Winter months. Once you have done that, you will be ready to entertain, especially if you are one of the lucky winners of Costa Bingo’s Garden Upgrade promotion.

Costa Bingo’s Sunny is a man that likes to ensure his roomies are comfortable, regardless of whether they are sitting in front of the computer or relaxing in the garden. To this end, he has lined up a fantastic 90-ball bingo games that comes packed full of prizes that are sure to make you the talk of the Summer garden party season!

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Be A Showstopper At Sun Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Apr. 22nd 2017 7:35 AM

Sun Bingo announced a number of new promotions over the last couple of weeks and one of those is the Showstopper prizes draw. For players at the site, entering the code LONDON and playing could earn you prize draw entries and the chance to win a theatre trip to London for two!

Every £10 you spend on bingo or £30 spent playing on the slots at the site between 18th and 25th April will earn you an entry into the draw to win the prize. You must have entered the code shown above though for your entries to be counted and put in the proverbial hat at the site. Wagering only qualifies if you have used the code.

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VIP Games At Bingo Loopy

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Apr. 20th 2017 7:54 AM

Bingo Loopy is a name that has been around for quite some time in the world of online bingo. Recently the site underwent a bit of a makeover. Usually a new look for a site consists of a lick of virtual paint only, not for this brand. At this site (and a few others on the IP&S network) it was not a change in aesthetics but a change in software platform.

The site is no longer powered by the Virtue Fusion software but is using the Bede Gaming platform. The change is quite noticeable in the rooms but some of the promotional schedule remains unchanged. Remember, there is still chance to get in on the VIP games action at Bingo Loopy.

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Fancy Bingo Gets A Fancy Makeover

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Apr. 18th 2017 7:46 AM

Over the last few months we have seen many of the 888 / Cassava powered sites make some changes. Originally this was the introduction of the new BingoS software to all sites, and then at some, the introduction of a choice of games lobby. Fancy Bingo is the latest to have the latter (and the former because it arrived a while ago) and now players have the option to have the Classic View or Tablet View.

Each option is pretty self-explanatory with the classic being what you would be used to at Fancy Bingo if you play on your desktop or laptop. The tablet view will be more familiar to those users who like to play their bingo on the go, on either their mobile or tablet.

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough At Sing Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Apr. 17th 2017 3:10 AM

Bingo Starr is an international rock star as well as running a hugely successful Sing Bingo. As you can imagine, this can be stressful at times, so every now and then he likes to get away from it all to somewhere quiet where he can commune with nature. He wants to share this pass time with his lucky roomies, so has lined up a fantastic ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ promotion.

This 75 ball Sing Bingo game is taking place at 11pm on Monday 1st May. The games lucky winner will walk away with a £300 Inspire travel voucher to fund a relaxing four-day break in Snowdonia, complete with high mountains, low valleys and wide rivers! If nature is not really your thing, don’t worry because you can spend the voucher on a wide choice of holidays or just take £300 real cash if you prefer.

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BBQ Bash At Jackpot Joy

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, Apr. 15th 2017 4:51 AM

Now that Spring has finally Sprung, we can all start preparing for Summer. There is nothing better than getting together with your friends and family and enjoying a few cool drinks and a burger or two whilst chilling in the garden. Jackpot Joy’s Queen of Bingo agrees too and has lined up a fantastic BBQ Bash promotion to give you the chance of winning everything you need.

If you want to take part then you will need to be quick, as qualification for the BBQ Bash ends at midnight tomorrow. Before you do anything, you must first log in to your Jackpot Joy account and opt in by entering your username and email address in the boxes provided. Once you have done this, it’s simply a case of playing your favourite games and earning prize draw entries.

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Pink Ribbon Bingo Specials

Posted by Lee on: Thursday, Apr. 13th 2017 4:34 AM

Pink Ribbon Bingo is one of the many sites that make up the Dragonfish network, and they do fantastic work for charity, raising thousands of pounds for breast cancer research. This does not mean they put the needs of their players to one side though, as they also ensure there is a constant stream of promotions to be enjoyed, included a range of specials.

These Pink Ribbon Bingo specials are exclusive to them, so you won’t be competing against players from all the other brands on the network, which greatly increases your chances of winning a prize. What makes them even more special is that they are totally free to enter, if you are one of their funded players.

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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.