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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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Three Witches At 888Ladies Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Oct. 31st 2014 7:54 AM

This Halloween things are getting particularly spooky at 888Ladies with some goose-bumping jackpots. The witching hour always brings a cackle of witches and three have turned up at the party, each bringing a cauldron of luck for some very special jackpots.

888Ladies has invited some very special ladies along to the site for this Halloween special, not one but three witches along to the Halloween Party, each bring her own cauldron full of winning formula. Each witch has her own jackpot game and each jackpot game is worth £666!

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G2 Gtech Sites Announce Impending Changes

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Oct. 30th 2014 1:01 AM

As a bingo player you may not be aware that behind the scenes things are changing in the online bingo industry. One of these changes comes into force on 1st November and requires that all sites online who wish to accept players from the UK are regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. As such G2 Gtech, the company who run sites like Butlins Bingo, Ok! Bingo and a number of others, have announced some changes to their sites.

All of the sites are set to relaunch on 1st November and players are being advised that if they have funds in their account, be it bonus or loyalty points, to ensure that they are spent as these will not be transferred to the new sites. If you have cash in the account, it will not be able to be withdrawn now but will be in your account when the new sites open.

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Harry Potter Halloween At Angry Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Oct. 29th 2014 7:34 AM

How do you fancy having a Harry Potter Halloween this year? Well it’s your last chance to get free tickets for a very special game at Angry Bingo where one lucky winner will win just that! The very special game plays on 1st November and you can buy tickets now for £2 each but if you play the no-lose qualifier tomorrow night you could win some free tickets.

On Saturday 1st November at 9:30pm the very special Harry Potter game will play at Angry Bingo and the winner will receive a prize package worth £750. That’s a two night stay in London, a tour of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and £300 spending money!

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Mexico With Bingo Hombre

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Oct. 28th 2014 7:00 AM

On 16th September 2014 Bingo Hombre became the 21st brand to launch on the 15 Network. Brands opting for this network and the Jumpman Gaming software are notorious for only offering the network promotions (with the exception of maybe four or five brands). The latest site to launch isn’t in that category though because this brand opened with an exclusive promotion and to be honest, the prize is quite impressive.

One lucky player at Bingo Hombre will win an all inclusive holiday to Cancun in Mexico just for playing at the site between now and April 2015. What’s great about being in with a chance of winning is that the site don’t expect you to jump through hoops, simply deposit and you are earning entries into the prize draw.

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Appear In A Tombola Bingo Advert

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Oct. 27th 2014 7:41 AM

It often seems like you can’t turn the television on without seeing yet another bingo advert telling you how fantastic their brand is. Well, now you have a chance to feature in the latest advert from Tombola who are to start filming soon as they are looking for players to join in the fun and maybe even appear on the TV!

It’s not the first time Tombola has pulled a stunt like this, previous ad campaigns have also featured players from the site and this one will be no different. If you would like to give a shout out and put your face to the brand, read on for the details.

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Tasty Bingo Back On TV

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Oct. 25th 2014 7:16 AM

It’s been a bit quiet on the new bingo adverts front recently but a bit like buses, you don’t see any for ages and then a few come along at once. One of the most recent that we have come across is from Tasty Bingo, one of several sites owned by 888. For a while now we’ve felt that this brand has lacked any promotional love from 88 with the usual offerings adorning the pages. Could it be with the new commercial we are set to see some improvements?

The new Tasty Bingo commercials sees two ladies sat in a restaurant/café when a waiter comes over. Sporting his branded apron he says’ Ladies, we have some Tasty Bingo specials today’ and proceeds to put a tablet on the table. Said tablet then shows images of the promotions that the waiter starts to wax lyrical about.

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Halloween Party Room At Ruby Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Oct. 24th 2014 7:36 AM

It’s only a week until Halloween now and on the day the Halloween Party room opens at Ruby Bingo offering spooking good fun and frightfully good free bingo games. However, the party is an exclusive one and if you want to get entry you’ll need to play at the site between tomorrow and next Friday when the room opens.

The Halloween Party starts at 7pm on Friday 31st October at Ruby Bingo with £500 worth of free bingo jackpots to be given away. Now all you have to do is get your key to the door and gain entry in time for the party!

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Boost Bingo Campaign Wins Coveted PR Award

Posted by Gareth on: Thursday, Oct. 23rd 2014 10:41 AM

The Bingo Association’s Boost Bingo Campaign has been awarded ‘Best Public Affairs Campaign’ category at the PR Week Awards 2014. This doesn’t really come as a surprise as the campaign seemed to come out of nowhere to gather some pretty impressive momentum and support in very little time.

It was only launched in January 2014, but by March 2014 it had achieved it’s outcome, reduction on bingo taxation which was announced by the Chancellor George Osborne. In what would appear to be a direct result of the campaign, taxation of bingo halls was reduced not by 5% as hoped, but by 10% which was a bit of a surprise.

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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.