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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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Mecca Bingo Attendance Officially Falling

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Aug. 29th 2014 10:24 AM

In the year to June 30 Mecca Bingo’s attendance figures have fallen by 7% which is probably a bit alarming for the chain’s owners, The Rank Group. In some ways this was good news however, as the first quarter showed a fall of 10% which may partially been down to the great summer we had.

Despite the drop, Owners Rank remain committed to a small expansion, and refurbishment of several current venues. The budget taxation change has obviously had an effect on this, without which we may have been looking at more Mecca closures.

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£250K Bingo Ball At Ladbrokes Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Aug. 29th 2014 7:29 AM

We’re approaching the month’s end and that means many of the monthly promotions around our favourite bingo sites are winding up, but not so at Ladbrokes where they’re just kicking off a fantastic weekend of sensational action with the £250k Bingo Ball, starting today!

As the name suggests there’s a quarter of a million pound to be won at Ladbrokes Bingo this weekend. You’ll need to head into the Living Room at the site where there’ll be back to back jackpots and a whole range of specials where you can win some exciting prize money!

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Free Tickets For £1,111 Game At Lucky Rainbow Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 28th 2014 7:04 AM

Lucky Rainbow Bingo is the 20th brand to open its doors and opt for the 15 Network with the Jumpman Gaming software to power its games. Before you dismiss this brand as more of the same from this network we do suggest reading on. Whilst the site does many of the same promotions available across the network and part of the welcome package is the same as that from other sites, this brand has a strong offer for new players starting with 96 free tickets for a £1,111 jackpot game.

The 15 Network as a whole currently offer a jackpot smaller than this (PayDay jackpot) once a month to the whole network. The £1,111 game is available only to players at Lucky Rainbow Bingo!

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All 135 Gala Bingo Clubs Up Sale

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Aug. 27th 2014 9:39 AM

There have been hints over the past year that the Gala Coral Group who own the Gala Bingo chain were going to sell off their bingo halls in advance of a stock market flotation. And now it looks like the big sale is about to become a reality.

The sale which comes in at roughly £250 million is being handled by bankers at Lazard who have been hired to find a buyer for the chain. The sale was prompted in a move by the group to offload the less profitable arm of their business to make the stock market flotation a more attractive opportunity for potential investors. The past six months however have seen a rise in profits for the Gala Bingo clubs.

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Win A Celebrity Makeover At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Aug. 27th 2014 7:04 AM

Costa Bingo is about to find one lucky player who has the Costa Factor to celebrate Mel Bs position as the new judge on everyone’s favourite TV talent show! Just like the show, you’ll need to get through the auditions, boot camp and the live final for your chance to win this fantastic makeover prize worth £1,000!

The special games start this Saturday with the audition stage, but that’s only the first step to fame in the Costa Factor. If you want to land this fantastic prize you’ll need to get through all the stages, and here’s what you could win with Costa Bingo.

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Uneaten Pizza Delivery From Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 26th 2014 7:50 AM

On Thursday 21st August 2014 a story appeared in the Metro that had a rather tenuous link to bingo. We thought we’d cash in on the link and make reference to a promotion available at Film Bingo. The story was about a lady who wanted to celebrate an unexpected bingo win with a pizza from Domino’s.

60 year old Karen Carman from Blackpool ordered the meal only to find that when it was delivered, someone had clearly been a bit peckish and scoffed some of her food. Now Film Bingo run a promotion every Friday night which offers up a prize of a £50 takeaway delivery as well as the cash prize for the full house winner. We are hoping that if you are a winner, your prize will be delivered uneaten.

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Win An iPad At Sun Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Aug. 25th 2014 7:54 AM

Many sites offer refer a friend bonuses when you drag new players along and these can be quite generous, but if you get your friends playing at Sun Bingo before the end of the month and you’ll not only receive a bonus but you’ll also go into a prize draw for your chance to win a brand new Apple iPad, and with a draw every week of the month you have a great chance to win.

There’s not long left to get in the iPad prize draw at Sun Bingo but time isn’t out yet as you still have the rest of the week. Every time you refer a friend to the site using the function on site, you’ll receive one entry into the prize draw!

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The Changing Face Of Bingo Portals

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 23rd 2014 7:53 AM

For those of you who haven’t read my author biography and don’t know my history, here is a brief recap. I started playing bingo online in 2004 at Think Bingo, a site that I stayed at for two years before being banned from their forum for speaking my mind (incidentally, they still let me play bingo there). At this point I wanted to find a new bingo home and went off to read reviews at a number of well-known review sites in order to find somewhere that suited my gaming requirements. On doing so I found that most of the content written appeared to be ‘marketing hype’. There appeared to be just one site speaking for the player (Playing Bingo of course) so I created another – BallsUp Bingo was born.

BallsUp Bingo was later sold and I needed somewhere new to air my opinions on all things bingo, this is how I arrived at Playing Bingo. In the eight years since I started BallsUp, portals have changed with the lines between operator and portal very blurred.

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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.