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Michael Hess: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On
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Bingo And Social Club Five Years On

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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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Paddy Bingo Now Clover Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Sep. 23rd 2014 7:35 AM

When Paddy Bingo first launched on the 15 Network there were many that felt that brand were really pushing their lucky with the name. Paddy Power Bingo were already a well established brand we were obviously going to take umbrage. The owner must have known this at the point of launch but went ahead anyway probably with the belief that you cannot copyright a term like Paddy which is likely true. However, what they may have failed to take into consideration was the depth of the Paddy Power pockets and that it was highly unlikely that they were going to take things lying down.

Whilst we are not party to any hard evidence of this being the case and our opinion is one that is speculative, the fact the Paddy Bingo has now rebranded to Clover Bingo would suggest we are not too far off the mark.

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More Free Vouchers From Iceland Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Sep. 22nd 2014 7:45 AM

Iceland Bingo is now sponsoring David Dickinson’s Real Deal and to celebrate the brand is giving new players a big match deposit bonus worth 300% AND a £10 Iceland voucher, but this isn’t your only chance to get some free shopping as next weekend it’s Fish Finger’s birthday and to celebrate, you can win Iceland vouchers in the Freezer all night!

With the price of food increasing all the time we all need all the help we can get and what a load of help Iceland Bingo are offering! You have to be a funded player to join in, and if you are, you need to be in the Freezer between 4pm and 11pm this Friday 26th September.

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Another New 15 Network Brand, Welcome Bingo Hombre

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Sep. 20th 2014 7:10 AM

On 16th September 2014 the 21st brand to launch on the 15 Network opened it’s virtual doors to players and asked them to pop along for a little more than your standard network promotions. Bingo Hombre is owned by Creatives Media Ltd and they’ve certainly used the ‘creative’ in the home page design. Their mascot is a cactus, one the sports a sombrero and stereotypical Mexican moustache whilst strumming a vihuela.

You can read our full review of Bingo Hombre here but we’ll tell you a bit about the welcome offer for new players to whet your appetite. You won’t be feeling too ‘prickly’ with a cash match deal of 200% when you make a deposit of as little as £5 with the site. However, if you have a little more ‘dinero’ to spend then £10 will earn you a spin of the bonus wheel too.

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Bingo Sites To Avoid

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Sep. 19th 2014 12:33 PM

You may or may not already be signed up at the following online bingo sites, and if you haven’t, they should probably be best avoided (at least for the time being). Big Time Bingo, Bingo Palace, BingoSC, and are reported to be closing, so they should not be played on or registered at.

Players who already have accounts with the above mentioned sites have been advised to “CHARGE BACK ALL TRANSACTIONS THAT YOU HAVE MADE IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS”. Having said that, it is unlikely that reimbursements can be obtained.

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Wear Your Lucky Pants On A Trip To Hawaii

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Sep. 19th 2014 7:23 AM

This month Lucky Pants Bingo has launched the monster Jurassic Park Slot game and if you’d like to try it out there’s every incentive to do so this September because the brand is giving away a whole host of prizes to players of the game including a Trip to Hawaii, a Kindle Fire and more! The top prize is a trip for two to Hawaii, all expenses paid but with plenty of runners-up prizes too from this brand this really isn’t one to be missed, especially if you like to play slots!

The promotion has been running since the start of the month at Lucky Pants Bingo but you have until the 28th to get involved. First up is the Hawaii prize draw and for that you receive one entry into the prize draw for every £20 you wager at the slot.

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Three New Brands Coming Soon To Live Bingo Network

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Sep. 18th 2014 7:54 AM

Yesterday we saw the launch of the 21st brand on the 15 Network, Bingo Hombre and just a day or so before that, a new addition to the Live Bingo Network (LBN) called Galaxy Bingo. Today we bring you news of not one, not two but THREE new bingo sites expected to launch on LBN in the next month or so.

As more and more brands launch on any network, the pool of decent site names gets smaller and smaller and this becomes increasingly more obvious when you look at the names of some of the newer sites. Two of the three coming soon from LBN have ‘ok’ names, but the third really doesn’t seem to fit with what the brand is going to offer.

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Win An iPad Air From Costa Bingo Mobile

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Sep. 17th 2014 7:28 AM

If you’re playing Costa Bingo from a dated tablet or smartphone you may be wishing you could have a better experience from a better device. Well, right now the site has an exclusive mobile promotion where you could win a brand new iPad Air, giving you the crème de la crème of bingo experiences.

This fantastic prize will be given away exclusively on mobile on 22nd September and you can buy tickets for £5 each. However, you don’t need to spend out on tickets if you like to play as between now and then you can win hundreds of free tickets in the special Costa Bingo Mobile qualifiers!

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Whopping Jackpot Win At Carlton Bingo

Posted by Gareth on: Tuesday, Sep. 16th 2014 1:32 PM

Carlton Bingo are not the biggest bingo chain, they’ve only got 12 clubs, all located in the north of England and Scotland, so you wouldn’t expect huge jackpots in their clubs, even for national games. But, one lucky lady scooped a £250,000 for a full house at their Hartlepool club.

The lady had also previously won £20,000 for grabbing a full house with only 44 numbers called which, it turns out, is a UK record. The big win however came when she marked off a lucky star number which added the quarter of a million pay-out at the club in York Road, Hartlepool.

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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.