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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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Tourette’s Bingo Argy Bargy

Posted by Gareth on: Monday, Sep. 1st 2014 1:31 PM

A young man was recently ejected from a bingo hall in Eastbourne after uttering a string of expletives during a regular bingo session. Louis Bunn who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome said that the tics which he cannot control got worse as he got more stressed.

It appears that the situation was aggravated by other players and the bingo caller who apparently mocked Louis’ initial inoffensive shouts. The mocking led to Louis’ exclamations becoming more and more offensive.

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Get X-Tra At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Sep. 1st 2014 7:58 AM

With Mel B as one of the celebrity judges on the X Factor this year, Costa Bingo are making the most of the connection. We’re already brought you news of the Costa Factor but also running over the next couple of weeks is the Get X-Tra promo where you could win a share of £500 if you call bingo on the X Pattern.

As Mel B takes her place on the X Factor judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole, you’ll be able to play at Costa Bingo chasing those X patterns for your chance to win a share of the Get X-tra promo.

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Spinner Room To Open At Butlers Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 30th 2014 7:13 AM

Often when we write news articles for Playing Bingo we find ourselves repeating the same promotion or news from different brands, the same promotion but with a new name and it can get pretty tedious. However, now and again a brand will introduce something that really catches our attention and definitely whets our bingo appetite. This is true of the latest news from Butlers Bingo despite our first impressions not being overly favourable.

We received news of a new room set to open in a couple of days at Butlers Bingo, the Spinner Room opens on 1st September. At first glance we thought that this was to be just another exclusive room for their players but it also brings with it a new concept and it was this we weren’t overly impressed with at first.

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Mecca Bingo Attendance Officially Falling

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Aug. 29th 2014 10:24 AM

In the year to June 30 Mecca Bingo’s attendance figures have fallen by 7% which is probably a bit alarming for the chain’s owners, The Rank Group. In some ways this was good news however, as the first quarter showed a fall of 10% which may partially been down to the great summer we had.

Despite the drop, Owners Rank remain committed to a small expansion, and refurbishment of several current venues. The budget taxation change has obviously had an effect on this, without which we may have been looking at more Mecca closures.

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£250K Bingo Ball At Ladbrokes Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Aug. 29th 2014 7:29 AM

We’re approaching the month’s end and that means many of the monthly promotions around our favourite bingo sites are winding up, but not so at Ladbrokes where they’re just kicking off a fantastic weekend of sensational action with the £250k Bingo Ball, starting today!

As the name suggests there’s a quarter of a million pound to be won at Ladbrokes Bingo this weekend. You’ll need to head into the Living Room at the site where there’ll be back to back jackpots and a whole range of specials where you can win some exciting prize money!

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Free Tickets For £1,111 Game At Lucky Rainbow Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 28th 2014 7:04 AM

Lucky Rainbow Bingo is the 20th brand to open its doors and opt for the 15 Network with the Jumpman Gaming software to power its games. Before you dismiss this brand as more of the same from this network we do suggest reading on. Whilst the site does many of the same promotions available across the network and part of the welcome package is the same as that from other sites, this brand has a strong offer for new players starting with 96 free tickets for a £1,111 jackpot game.

The 15 Network as a whole currently offer a jackpot smaller than this (PayDay jackpot) once a month to the whole network. The £1,111 game is available only to players at Lucky Rainbow Bingo!

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All 135 Gala Bingo Clubs Up Sale

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Aug. 27th 2014 9:39 AM

There have been hints over the past year that the Gala Coral Group who own the Gala Bingo chain were going to sell off their bingo halls in advance of a stock market flotation. And now it looks like the big sale is about to become a reality.

The sale which comes in at roughly £250 million is being handled by bankers at Lazard who have been hired to find a buyer for the chain. The sale was prompted in a move by the group to offload the less profitable arm of their business to make the stock market flotation a more attractive opportunity for potential investors. The past six months however have seen a rise in profits for the Gala Bingo clubs.

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Win A Celebrity Makeover At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Aug. 27th 2014 7:04 AM

Costa Bingo is about to find one lucky player who has the Costa Factor to celebrate Mel Bs position as the new judge on everyone’s favourite TV talent show! Just like the show, you’ll need to get through the auditions, boot camp and the live final for your chance to win this fantastic makeover prize worth £1,000!

The special games start this Saturday with the audition stage, but that’s only the first step to fame in the Costa Factor. If you want to land this fantastic prize you’ll need to get through all the stages, and here’s what you could win with Costa Bingo.

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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.