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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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Surprise Bingo Hall Closures

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Aug. 22nd 2014 11:14 AM

Over a three day period news has come in that another three bingo halls are due to close in the near future. One of them is an independent, but what is surprising is that the other two are Mecca and Gala clubs.

When the bingo tax cut was announced in this year’s budget the response from the big chains was a very positive one, both mentioning potential expansion, and the shoring up of their current operations, not a hint of closure at all.

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A New And Tidy Mobile Platform

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Aug. 22nd 2014 7:27 AM

Since sites first started launching mobile software there has been a steady but definite movement through the industry as one by one more software operators work on developing a mobile offering. Maybe understandably the first two software platforms to switch were the massive Virtue Fusion and 888/Dragonfish and one by one we’ve seen more mobile offerings. This week the Jumpman Gaming software jumped on board and launched a mobile offering and that means sites such as Tidy Bingo, Film Bingo and others are available for mobile customers for the first time ever!

As you will well know, Tidy Bingo is our very own brand and so we’re going to love Tidy Bingo Mobile, but it’s not just our site, every site on the 15 Network is now available to players accessing the site from a tablet, and it’s a bit different to other mobile offerings.

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Danyl Johnson, Dogs Trust And Postcode Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 21st 2014 7:22 AM

On a regular basis the team here at Playing Bingo check the bonus structure at all of the sites that we promote and whilst it is a mammoth task, and a little tedious, it is a task that often reveals some quite interesting changes. One such change sees Postcode Bingo, Danyl Johnson and the Dogs Trust all interlinked.

It might not be an obvious combination but it certainly caught our attention. The home page of Postcode Bingo now sees Danyl Johnson welcoming you to the site and the chance to grab a 200% cash match bonus on first deposit. To receive the bonus you do have to enter the code WIN200 or you will only receive the 100% standard bonus.

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Winners Wednesday At Sky Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Aug. 20th 2014 7:13 AM

This week Sky Bingo is hosting a very special day and it takes place today, so if you want to join in with Winners Wednesday you’ll need to know exactly what’s on offer throughout the day. There are special bonuses, Roll On games and No Lose Bingo, making sure you get the most for your money all day today.

We often see day-long promotions but this special from Sky Bingo runs several giveaways all at the same time, allowing you to play throughout the day with the chance for some extra prizes. Here’s what you could win if you get lucky with the site today.

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Birthday Party Night At Tidy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 19th 2014 7:27 AM

In just two days time, on 21st August, our site Tidy Bingo will have been open for a year. For those of you not familiar with the site, a Tuesday sees our standalone room open and tonight is the night that we are going to be hosting our virtual birthday party. You don’t have to dress up or BYOB, simply be in the Tidy Cupboard from 7pm to join in with our traditional party games.

We won’t be dishing out jelly and ice cream and Tidy Bingo but we are going to be playing some traditional party games in the four-hour session. As usual the room opens with the Tidy and The Troops game at 7pm. This is your chance to win a share of £50 AND contribute to raising funds for Help for Heroes.

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Be An Angel At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Aug. 18th 2014 7:04 AM

Costa Bingo tells us Be An Angel Day is coming up, a day where you can concentrate on paying it on and doing some good deeds. Many of us pride ourselves on being a good friend, but now that’s about to be put to the test as you get the chance to win with a friend at Costa Bingo.

The Costa Angels promotion starts today and runs through until Thursday 21st August with some special games that will test your angelic nature. Every day you’ll get a chance to win, but if you are lucky, will you keep the loot or pay it on?

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Bingo Godz Current Promos

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 16th 2014 7:38 AM

Bingo Godz opened about a year ago and it’s one site that we expected more from if we are honest. There is little available online currently that offers something different when it comes to bingo games and that is what Godz has to offer but sadly, it has yet to become a brand that we rush back to time and time again. The promotional schedule has always fallen a bit short for us but there have been a few tweaks and additions which have given it a bit more appeal of late.

Here we are going to look at the current Bingo Godz promotions, those available on a regular basis and see if we can’t find more to love about the brand now it is coming up for being a year old. As yet though there are no birthday celebrations listed at the site (as of 11th August when this article was written).

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Fire And Ice At Angry Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Aug. 15th 2014 7:32 AM

Angry Bingo’s fierce little bingo balls are making their mark on the Internet just a few months after the site’s launch. With the weight of the Mandalay Media brand propelling the site they’ve kicked off with some fantastic games and promotions and these are set to continue too!

The weekly free £10k Cash Bomb game at Angry Bingo is definitely the jewel in the crown but there’s plenty more, and this month it’s the Fire and Ice jackpot playing on 30th August, with free tickets up for grabs all month!

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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.