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Michael Hess: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On
Michael Hess:
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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Changes To The Bingo Extra Welcome Bonus

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 23rd 2016 7:14 AM

It’s often the case that an online bingo site will launch with an impressive welcome package and then shortly after, drop certain elements. This looks to be the case with Bingo Extra but in their defence, they did launch in March 2015 and the free play bonus of £10 has only just been removed from their site.

Bingo Extra no longer welcome players through their virtual doors with a free play bonus, even the free spins that were once part of the welcome package have been lost. However, with that said, the brand has increased the cash match offer on first deposit to compensate for the loss of the £10 free.

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Summer Promotions At Robin Hood Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Aug. 22nd 2016 5:03 AM

Even though the weather outside is pretty dire, and we are fast approaching September, it does not mean there is not still time for Robin Hood Bingo to slip in an extra summer promotion or two. To kick things off we have the Summer Roller Coaster, running until the end of August and made up of a series if special prize bingo games taking place every Wednesday and Friday night at 9:30pm.

During these special 75 ball bingo games, Robin Hoof Bingo have given each number a chips value. Cards for these games will cost you £1 each, but when you win, instead winning cash, you’ll walk away with a fantastic prize. The prize you win will be determined by the number of chips on the number you called on, and prizes include shopping vouchers, spa vouchers, restaurant vouchers, hampers, gadgets and even a trip for two to Majorca.

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Betfred Bingo Have A £35K Relay Tomorrow

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 20th 2016 7:39 AM

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, the chances are you will have been watching some of the Rio 2016 Olympics on the TV. The UK are doing really well this year with over 50 medals at the last count (as of 18th August 2016 14:41). We have 19 Gold, 20 Silver and 12 Bronze. One of the Silver’s was in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay and this is a nice link, albeit tenuous, to the Betfred Bingo £35K Relay that is playing tomorrow.

If you lace up your virtual trainers and sprint on over, or don your virtual swimsuit/speedos and front crawl to Betfred Bingo tomorrow, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a share of the £35,000 up for grabs.

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Newbie Free Games At Vernons Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 18th 2016 7:04 AM

A free bingo game as a new player incentive has been offered and still is, by many an online bingo brands. Usually when free games are involved there are certain time limits, often a maximum of one week but also some offer just three days access to their free play room. Vernons Bingo is doing things a little differently.

Yes, Vernons Bingo do offer free games and yes, there are time restrictions on the access given but those are not quite as limiting as you might expect. This site opens up the free room to players after their first deposit on bingo and gives access for a whole month!

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Bingo Side Bets Are Back

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 16th 2016 7:33 AM

In 2011 we saw Side Bets introduced to some of the standalone brands from Cassava. Later, in July 2012, these were added to the Dragonfish networked brands too [read more here]. However, visit any of the brands that once hosted this additional feature, and you’ll not find it available. Even before that, the Parlay Entertainment software offered Bingo Bets.

However, whilst Side Bets and Bingo Bets are now a thing of the past and both Cassava sites and Parlay sites, we have found them at Gala Bingo! Now you have to wonder why they would add this feature when it clearly wasn’t an asset on two other software platforms.

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Olympic Promotions From Mecca Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Aug. 15th 2016 4:42 AM

Whilst our athletes are over in Rio, battling it out for national pride and hopefully a medal or two, you should be spending your time at Mecca Bingo. They have lined up three sporting themed promotions, starting with a Speedy Sprint, running every Saturday night between 7pm and 11pm in the Turbo Gold room. There will be 100 games in total with cards costing 10p each, and every one comes with a £100 guaranteed cash jackpot.

On Friday 19th August, you’ll be able to take part in Mecca Bingo’s Triple Jump. Between 8pm and 10pm there will be a series of Hop, Skip and Jump games in the Turbo 90 room, and the more you pay the more you can win! Hop game tickets are 1p each and you can win £25, Skip game tickets are 5p and there is £50 prize money and the Jump games are 10p a ticket but each one has a £100 jackpot.

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Join The Exclusive Culture Club At Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 13th 2016 7:31 AM

Film Bingo are well known for offering an exclusive month promotion to their players and for August, they are inviting you all to become a member of their Culture Club. The theme this month is, as the name suggests, culture and that is because this month is host to the Notting Hill Carnival and various other arty events.

As such, the prizes that the winner can choose from are a bit arty too. The person who tops the leaderboard in August at Film Bingo will be able to choose from a Blu-Ray player or special wireless speakers from Phillips. It really depends on whether they are a film buff or a music maestro!

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Amazing Bingo Joins Wheel Of Slots

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 11th 2016 7:58 AM

When it comes to domain extensions from sites that offer online bingo, we’re used to seeing either .co.uk or .com. However, the last brand to join the Wheel of Slots Network (WSN) has opted for.bingo. Amazing Bingo is the name of the site, but instead of being on a url ending with the standard extensions, it is as Amazing.Bingo.

That’s not all that is different about Amazing Bingo, they also have a pretty amazing home page design. It certainly doesn’t look like your standard WSN site when you land there for the first time.

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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.