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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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SurPrize Bingo At Gala Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, May. 25th 2015 7:13 AM

We get a real treat in May with two Bank Holidays and that means two long weekends to enjoy with friends and family! The first one was at the beginning of the month and the final one is today and it’s kicking off SurPrize Bingo all week at Gala Bingo!

The SurPrize Bingo games take place between today and 31st May at Gala Bingo and tickets for the qualifier games are just 10p each. The site has 9 prizes on offer, from iPads, gas barbecues, flight vouchers and more and the winner of the grand final game will win three of the nine prizes listed!

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Let It Go With Frozen Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, May. 23rd 2015 7:27 AM

A new site opened this week and you could be mistaken for thinking that you’ll be welcomed through the castle doors by Elsa and Anna at Frozen Bingo. This is not the case and you won’t see a Sven at the site either but what you will find is an Olaf type character and a selection of bow tie wearing bingo ball pigeons. Additionally, the welcome laid out for you as you slip on into this new Mandalay Media / Intertain site includes a £5 free, no deposit required welcome bonus.

Frozen Bingo is the latest name to join the ranks of Mandalay sites that offer games powered by the 888 / Cassava collaboration. As we have come to expect, alongside the no deposit required bonus new players can take advantage of a 300% cash match deal on first deposits too. The minimum deposit required for this bonus is £5 and the maximum amount eligible is £20.

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Mecca’s Twerking Cactus Proves Us Wrong

Posted by Kath on: Friday, May. 22nd 2015 7:18 AM

Now we try and have pretty informed opinions here at Playing Bingo but even we’re the first to admit when we have got something wrong. When Mecca Bingo’s twerking cactus hit our screens in an ad campaign for the brand we were the first to say it was a lousy idea and all just a little bit silly!

But as the younger generations know, random sells and clearly Mecca Bingo knew it too because they’ve just announced that their digital profits are up 18% and they are crediting the cactus for the success!

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Get a Boost At Betfair Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, May. 21st 2015 7:25 AM

Betfair Bingo are keen to encourage players to choose their brand over the many others available online that are powered by the Playtech / Virtue Fusion software and as such have introduced the Betfair Boost. The promotional page for this feature acknowledges the fact that as a player you are spoilt for choice when it comes to brands online and the Betfair Boost aims to offer extra value.

Each week their will be a selection of promotions and games at Betfair Bingo that are ‘Boosted’. The boost could mean bingo bonuses or entries into prize draws – it really depends on what the site has chosen to boost in any given week.

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B.I.N.G.O Show At Forest Hill Gallery

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, May. 20th 2015 8:45 AM

On Saturday 6th of June, and for one night only, there will be bingo night at the Canvas & Cream restaurant, next door to the C&C Gallery 18 London Road, Forest Hill, London. The night will be a re-run of the original B.I.N.G.O game at the London Art Fair in January, but in a different location, and with some different prizes.

Henry Bragg Bingo joy

If you did miss the original opening at the Art Fair, then make sure you don’t miss Saturday’s Razzle-dazzle B.I.N.G.O night, which if you haven’t guessed is not a normal bingo night. The event is a fun way for artists Julie Henry and Debbie Bragg to bring their latest project to the public’s attention. As you can see from the photograph of the last one it was apparently a bit of a hoot for all involved.

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Eurovision Week At City Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, May. 20th 2015 7:41 AM

We know that City Cat is a traveller and he’s always jetting about all over the place so we have no idea what country he’ll be supporting at next weekend’s Eurovision song contest but we do know he’s getting involved and bringing in his good friend Conchita Cat to give you Eurovision week at City Bingo this week.

Conchita Cat is an Austrian native but she’s also a good friend of Conchita Wurst, last year’s Eurovision winner. Conchita can’t tell you the winner of Eurovision, you’ll have to tune in for that but she will be popping into the bingo rooms at City Bingo this week with some very special giveaways!

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May Makeover From Dino Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 19th 2015 7:41 AM

Now that the summer is coming and we are all walking up from the months of slumber we have spent indoors, it’s time to take a good look at things and see what damage has been done during the cold and miserable winter. If you are lucky you may just need to run the mower over the garden and re-varnish a fence or two, but sadly there will be some of us out there that are going to have to get down a dirty and tackle the decorating, the loose cupboard doors and all of those other little jobs we have been putting off for way too long. Have no fear though because Dino Bingo are here to lend a hand (or a claw?) with their May Makeover promotion!

This new promotion from Dino Bingo is running all month long, before culminating in a very special 75 ball bingo game at 9:30pm on Monday 1st June.

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Foxy Bingo’s Tenth Birthday

Posted by Kath on: Monday, May. 18th 2015 7:07 AM

It’s hard to believe but Foxy Bingo turns 10 next week! I can remember signing up the day they launched and it seems impossible to now believe that the brand has now been around a decade. However, that’s exactly the number of candles on the cake as the site celebrates its birthday this week with some very special giveaways!

As usual it may be Foxy’s birthday but all the treats are for the players and from today through to 27th May you could grab some bargains, some super prizes and bonuses 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.
  • 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.