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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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End Of An Era At Playing Bingo

Posted by David on: Friday, Nov. 9th 2018 10:09 AM

Things they are a changing around Playing Bingo in coming weeks and months. The first big change is we will be saying goodbye to our resident Bingo Queen Nickie Shute, who finishes working here today. Over the best part of a decade, Nickie has been the voice of PlayingBingo.co.uk, covering developments in the world of online bingo from great promotions to not-so-great behaviour from online bingo companies.

It’s been a time of great flux in the industry, with hundreds of sites opening, closing, moving platforms and regulatory changes changing the face of online bingo. The one constant has been Nickie’s unswerving dedication to the game, and covering it in all its various guises and moods. At times Nickie has been a lone voice, standing up for the bingo players out there whilst other sites have just parroted the company line in thinly veiled advertorials. At other times her insights into the minds of bingo players and what makes us all tick have been second to none. With her unique take on the industry, Playing Bingo has been blessed with not one of, but, ‘the’ absolute best writer in the field of Online Bingo.

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Betsson Bingo Coming Soon From Microgaming

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Nov. 6th 2018 5:40 PM

Microgaming - Betsson Bingo

Microgaming For
Betsson Bingo

When it comes to new bingo sites, we are usually offered the same thing on the same platform just with a different aesthetic on the home page. Predominantly these are sites from Dragonfish, Jumpman Gaming or Cozy Games. However, the latest news is that there is soon to be a new Microgaming site launching as Betsson sign a deal with the software supplier.

Although not the most popular of platforms for bingo, Microgaming sites do offer something a little different to the mainstay suppliers like 888 and Jumpman Gaming, and there is certainly a lot of choice when it comes to slots and instant win games. It’s these that Microgaming are best known for and Betsson Bingo will likely have quite the selection to offer.

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Foxy Bingo To Migrate To Cozy Games!

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Oct. 24th 2018 3:39 PM

Foxy Bingo To Make A Move

Cozy Games For
Foxy Bingo

An interesting email landed in our inbox this morning and upon reading it, we were left scratching our heads, perplexed by the choices made by the owners of Foxy Bingo. The email was notification that as of 20th November 2018 888 will no longer operate the brand but instead, Electraworks Ltd will be responsible.

A little background for those who are not completely au fait with the Foxy Bingo history; the brand was created by Cashcade, Cashcade was sold to PartyGaming that then became bwin.Party before being sold to GVC. GVC recently acquired Cozy Games and it’s run by Electraworks Ltd, Electraworks is part of the GVC Group.

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bgo Bingo Changes Bonus Offer

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Oct. 17th 2018 3:10 PM

bgo Bingo have been offering new players to their site Candy Club points (CCPs) as the welcome bonus for a while now but recently they made changes to the new player deal available. Gone are the CCPs, and now it’s back to a match bonus with your initial deposit.

A code is required to claim the bonus as a new player at bgo Bingo and it is an easy one to remember. The code to use is BINGO and the bonus is £5 of bingo tickets. Now, with the minimum deposit required to earn the bonus being £10, that equates to a 50% match bonus, not the most impressive of offers available on the Internet today!

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New Question For Online Bingo Registration Form

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Oct. 8th 2018 11:53 AM

Occupation Question - Online Bingo

Occupation Question
From Online Bingo

We recently had call to register a new account at one of the most established brands online today, Bingo Ballroom and whilst doing so, noticed that as part of the registration process there was a new question to be answered. As usual we were required to enter our name, address and date of birth but today we were asked our occupation too!

At Bingo Ballroom, and other sites on the Dragonfish network, the new question is part of the second stage of the registration process. This is where you enter your postal address and your bankroll currency. Underneath the latter you will find the new drop down menu for Occupation.

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Mega Moolah Creates New Jackpot Record

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Oct. 1st 2018 11:33 AM

Mega Moolah

Record-Breaking
Mega Moolah Win

Back in October 2015 the world of online gaming was buzzing with the news of Jon Heywood and his epic £13.2 million record-breaking win on the Mega Moolah slot at Betway. This weekend that record was smashed by a currently anonymous winner at the Grand Mondial Casino when the jackpot we have been watching for five months was won at over £18.9 million!

Today the world of online gaming is awash with news stories like ours of the amazing win on 28th September 2018 and for many us, we’re just a tad disappointed that we weren’t the playing spinning the Mega Moolah reels when the jackpot landed. One lucky player is certainly celebrating in style now after becoming a multi-millionaire with just a click of a button.

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Hot House Bingo From Gala Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Sep. 27th 2018 12:08 PM

When it comes to innovation we are seeing more and more of our favourite brands launching new ways to play online bingo. We’ve seen Blocks from Tombola, BOB from Mecca and today we are going to be looking at Hot House Bingo, the new way to play from Gala Bingo.

When you enter a Hot House Bingo room at Gala Bingo you will see that the tickets are different from the standard 90 ball cards, although these are 90 ball games. There are no spaces, just 15 numbers in three columns of five. The gameplay is completely different too and it took a couple of games to understand what was happening.

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Win A Travel Dream At BBQ Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Sep. 18th 2018 8:32 AM

As the weather turns colder, we all start to dream of travelling to sunnier climes or start planning or next summer holiday. Well at BBQ Bingo they have just the promotion for you over the next few days but you have to be quick, the competition ends on 23rd September 2018. It’s a must for those that love the NetEnt games available at the site.

You have to be a registered and funded player at BBQ Bingo in order to participate and every £20 that you wager on a selection of NetEnt slot titles will earn you on entry into the special prize draw. The draw will take place on 24th September and one lucky player will win a Dream Come True Holiday Experience.

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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.