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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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Gala Bingo Say TGIF!

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Mar. 22nd 2018 7:54 AM

Friday tomorrow, the last before payday for many, so the chances are you won’t be planning a night out with friends this week. A cheap night in before the wages hit the bank is what’s in order and at Gala Bingo you could get involved in their Thank Gala It’s Friday promotion. If you’ve been playing at the site during the week, and have opted in to join the TGIF fun, chances are you’ve already earned a few tickets. If not, you can buy them for the special gift games at a cost of 20p each.

Earning tickets is a better option for the regulars at Gala Bingo and six are given for all ten games in the TGIF promotion the moment you opt in and then deposit and spend £20 on bingo tickets.

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Be A Frequent Flyer At City Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Mar. 20th 2018 7:16 AM

City Bingo have recently introduced new games to their site but it’s not available to all and sundry. Instead, the Frequent Flyer games are open to those who ‘frequently fly’ with the site. By fly, we mean play of course and how the brand are allocating access to the special games is by the loyalty level that you have achieved with them.

It’s only Gold and Platinum players who will be playing the Frequent Flyer games at City Bingo and these players are those that have deposited at least £1,000 at the site in their lifetime as a player there. That might look like a substantial amount but considering the site has been open since January 2011, it’s possible to have deposited that much in a seven-year period.

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The 2 Million Race At Chit Chat Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Mar. 19th 2018 4:46 AM

Chit Chat Bingo has been through many changes over the years including numerous networks and software providers. One thing that has never changed however is their commitment to their roomies, so no matter when you log in to your account, you’ll always find something going on. In addition to their special promo’s, they also have an impressive regular line-up that includes their 2 Million Race.

Before you get too excited, we are not talking about pounds here but Loyalty Points. To join in the fun, you must be a funded player which means you have credited your account at least one since registering. If you meet these requirements, you simply need to log in and start earning points to help you battle your way to the top of the tournament leaderboard.

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Jackpot Joy On The Box

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Mar. 17th 2018 7:21 AM

It was only recently that Jackpot Joy made some changes to their site, dropping the cash match bonus on a new players first deposit in favour of 30 spins on the popular slot Double Bubble. Well Paddy McGuinness is keeping the promotional momentum going and is currently offering you the chance to win one of five state of the art televisions in his On The Box promotion.

It all kicked off on March 12th but don’t worry, you have until March 19th to meet all the qualifying requirements at Jackpot Joy and secure your entry into the draw. Doing so is really easy and the first thing you have to achieve is to have spent £30 at the site between now and the closing date. Then you have to get your thinking caps on!

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Rehab Bingo Re-Branded Because Of ASA

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Mar. 15th 2018 7:11 AM

Advertising Standards Authority

Rehab Bingo

Rehab Bingo first launched into the world of online bingo back in 2005 as part of the Rehab Group. Since launch, a percentage of the money spent at the site has been donated regularly to the Rehab Group charity. The charity provides health and social care services in Ireland.

As we reported yesterday, Rehab Bingo is no more as it has been rebranded as Rosy Bingo but it was only after we published the news that we became aware of the reason for the rebrand. Some 13 years after launch, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have ruled that the word ‘rehab’ and ‘rehabbingo’ suggest that online bingo was a form of rehab that could be used to alleviate personal problems!

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Rehab Rebrands To Rosy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Mar. 14th 2018 7:46 AM
Rosy Bingo

Rosy Bingo Is
The New Rehab

Our excitement was piqued recently when we heard of yet another new bingo brand that had launched, a brand called Rosy Bingo. Immediately we headed to the site to see what it had to offer to the discerning online bingo player, only to be disappointed to find that the site isn’t actually a new site but a re-brand of an already established name, Rehab Bingo.

What was even more disappointing was that the site had done very little to make itself to look even remotely different from its previous incarnation. The only difference is a change in logo, which you’d expect with the new Rosy Bingo name, and a new welcome offer. The latter being less than was offered by Rehab.

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Easter Surprise At Season Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Mar. 13th 2018 7:13 AM

It seems only fitting that a brand called Season Bingo rolls out an Easter promotion a little ahead of the other online bingo sites on the Internet. Despite being aesthetically designed for Christmas, it just goes to show that the site is not just for the festive period, that they have great promotions for players all year round!

Whilst you might be thinking that Season Bingo are going to be giving away chocolates and other delicious goodies, you’d be wrong. The Easter Surprise is that the site is offering up a total of £600 of holiday vouchers to their players. With weather like we’ve been having in the UK, who hasn’t been dreaming of sunnier climes?

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New Sun Bingo Television Advert

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Mar. 12th 2018 4:36 AM

Over the years we have seen many adverts from our favourite online bingo sites; some of which have been great, and others not so much. In our humble opinion, for an advert to be successful, it must be funny, catchy and memorable whilst still portraying the message they want to get across. Sun Bingo have recently released their offering, and we must say, it’s up there with the best of them.

The star of the advert is a comedian called Jayde Adams. You might not recognise the name, but she has quite a CV including winning the Funny Women award in 2014 and being nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2016, She also has a couple of television appearances under her belt including an appearance on 8 Out Of 10 Cats; So, she seems a perfect fit for Sun 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.
  • 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.