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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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Robin Hood Bingo’s Prize Wheel

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Sep. 25th 2017 4:50 AM

Robin Hood is famous for robbing from the rich to give to the poor. He has put down his bow and given up on tormenting the sheriff as he travels through Sherwood, in favour of running a bingo site. This does not mean he has stopped rewarding people though, he just prefers to do it through a range of exciting promotions such as the Robin Hood Bingo Prize Wheel.

Everyone is guaranteed to be a winner on the Robin Hood Bingo Prize Wheel, with a range of different goodies up for grabs. Before you can get your hands on the them though, you will need to fill up your progress bar. This is done by playing your favourite games and each time your wagering totals £500, you will be invited to take another spin!

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Will You Be Grinning With Smile Bingo?

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Sep. 23rd 2017 7:44 AM

After news of a couple of site closures over the last month, it’s good to be able to talk about a new bingo site. The latest addition to the Wheel of Slots Network is called Smile Bingo and it opened earlier this month. The site is owned by the same people who are responsible for a number of brands on the Jumpman Gaming software, so we are expecting good things.

Smile Bingo is still in its infancy at the moment but like other sites from this company, we expect that there will be a selection of exclusive promotions being rolled out over the next couple of months. At this point in time, there’s just the standard network offering.

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Bingo Elf On The Shelf

Posted by Nickie on: Friday, Sep. 22nd 2017 11:36 AM

Bingo Elf

Bingo Elf
On The Shelf

If you are a fan of social media then you will no doubt have seen the array of meme’s that have parodied the original Elf on the Shelf. Back in 2015 a creepy Christmas themed toy went viral and this year, the new wave of potential icons are floating around the Internet.

We thought we’d have a bit of fun with it and create some bingo Elf on the Shelf after seeing Tombola opt for their brand sat on top of a tooth (a molar of course). It’s been fun creating the following and if you find any funny, please feel free to share the images on Twitter or Facebook, and of course, we’d love to see any bingo related ones you have created!

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Chit Chat Bingo Bonus Calendar

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Sep. 21st 2017 7:42 AM

Over the last few weeks it feels as if all we have covered in the bingo news are details of the new player bonus changes. Today the bonus news is a bit more positive because we’re not looking at what has been removed from a site, but instead how many bonuses you can claim from one. It’s Chit Chat Bingo (and it’s sister sites Bingo Zino and Bid Bingo) because these three have a bonus calendar that is updated each and every month.

We may only have a few days left of September, but that doesn’t mean we have missed out on the treats at Chit Chat Bingo this month. In fact, far from it. There are many treats yet to be taken from the site before October arrives and a new bonus calendar is available.

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STV Bingo Bites The Dust

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Sep. 19th 2017 7:51 AM

STV Bingo

STV Bingo
Closing Soon

We have many new bingo sites listed on our dedicated page, and quite a few that are reported to be coming soon too. The closure of brands is quite a rarity nowadays but a bit like buses it would seem. It was only earlier this month that Film Bingo ‘cut’ and left the online bingo scene and on 29th of this month, STV Bingo is doing the same.

STV Bingo is a brand that first launched in 2006, so one of the most established. At the time of launch, it was powered by the 888 software as part of the Cashcade network of sites. However, in 2014 the site made a change of software and was migrated to the Bede Gaming platform.

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Homework Help From Costa Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Sep. 18th 2017 4:27 AM

How is your house looking after the kids been off school for six weeks? If it’s anything like ours, it will look like a bomb has gone off and scattered the place with toys, clothes and sweet wrappers galore! Now they have started a new term, it’s time to spend some time getting the place looking like a home again and thankfully, Costa Bingo are here to lend a hand with their Homework promotion.

This tidy new promotion from Costa Bingo is leading up to a the 75-ball Homework game, which is taking place at 11pm on Thursday 21st September. Sunny has lined up a £500 prize package for the lucky winner that includes a Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, an all-in-one steam cleaner and a vertical garment cleaner, all of which are sure to come in handy as you get stuck into the homework.

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£10 Free For All At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Sep. 16th 2017 7:20 AM

Mecca Bingo have a new offer available to players but unlike the no deposit required bonuses that we see as an incentive to register and player for newbies, this £10 bonus is for ALL. You don’t have to be a new player to get £10 free from the site, you simply need the special bonus code.

The bonus code for this promotion is 10FREE and if you’re a regular with Mecca Bingo, you’ll know exactly where and how to use the code. If you’re a novice, then continue reading on for step by step instructions on getting your tenner free. Please note: the bonus is not given in a lump sum but as a £1 bonus every day from the day that you use the code. Each bonus is allocated and then only valid for 24 hours.

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Paddy McGuiness Outs Barbara Windsor At Jackpot Joy

Posted by Nickie on: Friday, Sep. 15th 2017 7:47 AM

Over the years we have seen a number of celebrities take centre stage in an online bingo commercial, and with some sites, more than one celeb has been seen on the screen for the same brand. However, when others have used multiple celebrities in one advert, they’ve usually been Z-listers. Not Jackpot Joy though, there new commercial has two well-known faces in!

When we first heard the news that Paddy McGuinness was recording a new commercial for Jackpot Joy, we thought the emphasis was going to be on the Take Me Out themed bingo game. This is not the case, far from it. It looks as though this much-loved northerner is going to be the face of the brand, at least for a while.

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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.