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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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Alfresco Eating With Tidy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jul. 4th 2015 7:10 AM

The weather has been a bit changeable of late, scorching sun one minute, heavy downpours the next but we are all hoping the former is seen more over the summer months. With the better weather comes the start of the school holidays and the kids at home for six weeks. This means entertaining them and for many this often means more time at the park. The prize in the Tidy Bingo promotion for July is a functional one that will be handy for all the parents with kids still at home, a picnic hamper, blanket and £50 to fill it.

You can enjoy a little alfresco dining whilst over at the park with the kids if you’re the player who tops the leaderboard at Tidy Bingo this month. To score points you simply have to play at the site and score wins on certain letters and patterns.

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£100k For Free At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Jul. 3rd 2015 7:19 AM

Sunny at Costa Bingo celebrates his birthday this July, it makes sense really that he doesn’t have a Christmas birthday and the celebrations at the site will last all month long. There are Costa Crazy £10k games all month and the tickets are free for funded players, but if you join in you get the chance to win a share of £100,000 cash at the end of the month too!

The Costa Crazy Games play at Costa Bingo on July 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th July and the jackpot for each is £10,000! However, if you take part in all four you’ll receive a card into the £100k game playing on 31st July at the site!

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Charity Bingo Take Note And Update Pages

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 2nd 2015 7:27 AM

Often when we address certain issues around the world of online bingo it can appear that our concerns fall on deaf ears. However, on some occasions these issues are serious enough that the ‘offender’ sits up, takes note and acts quickly to rectify the situation. This is the case with Charity Bingo who have now made all of the missing donations for March, April, May and June.

We’re still not convinced that all is at is should be and there is still the small matter of charitable donations not proven from October 2012 through until December 2013, but at least Charity Bingo have taken aboard the concerns raised and addressed them. It is worth noting though that all of the donations were only made on 30th June 2015, the day our article went live.

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The Evolution Of The Bingo Chat Room

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Jul. 1st 2015 7:35 AM

Online bingo has been around for a great many years now, and for those of us who have played from the very start there have been many changes as the industry has grown and evolved. While back in the early 2000s there were only a handful of bingo sites, all with cosy, manned chat rooms, there are now millions of sites and many players too!

I’m a bingo writer now but back at the start of the online bingo boom I worked as a bingo chat host. Chat rooms were cosy places and everyone was very involved. The phrase social network hadn’t really been invented and chat rooms and the online forum was the only way to really keep in touch with a large community. This in itself made the chat room very popular, it was a chance for players to be social and get to know other people, making online bingo a social event for many.

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Charity Bingo Stuck In March 2015

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jun. 30th 2015 7:21 AM

In April of last year we reported on the fact that Charity Bingo could not, or would not, account for the charitable donations that has been made by the site between October 2012 and December 2013 [read original article here]. No response was received to our article of the emails that had been sent to the owner but we continued to monitor activity at the site and all seemed to have settled with donations being made regularly for 12 months between January 2014 and January 2015 via Just Giving.

Whilst this doesn’t justify the previous 14 months of unaccounted for donations, it looked as if management were honouring their unique selling point. However, this seems to have ceased as of January 2015 with the last donation of £1,774.00 to Keech Hospice Care. We then stumbled upon a link that showed us they donated to the Riverside Animal Centre in March 2015. Where’s the money for April, May and June 2015 gone?

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Payday Stretch At William Hill Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Jun. 29th 2015 7:39 AM

If you’re stretching out the last few pennies before payday this month then William Hill Bingo has some great promotions to help you do so. The last few days can be hard to stretch out but with free bingo, half price bargains and match bonuses, WillHill is the place to be, allowing you some bargain play!

Life isn’t cheap and so we need all the help we can get, but it’s wall to wall bargains at William Hill Bingo and some absolutely free bingo thrown in the mix too, ensuring it’s easy for you to stick to your bingo budget!

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New Look Site At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Jun. 27th 2015 7:52 AM

While perusing the net today and looking for all the best bingo offers for you, we noticed that Mecca Bingo has launched a brand new website, and while it’s still recognisable, there have been some big changes!

What hasn’t changed is the welcome bonus, still £40 free when you sign up and spend £10, that’s 400%, but a complete overhaul of the site brings a sleek feel, a slightly different layout and some big changes to the graphics at Mecca Bingo.

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Shocking Bingo Statistics

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Jun. 26th 2015 10:06 AM

I have been shocked to read that ‘One in three married women are addicted to online bingo’. I am not shocked by the headline, more dismayed that drivel such as this gets published in the first place.

The headline comes from a press release on which publicises a ‘survey’ by a portal called New Bingo Sites. According to the survey results, a third of married women are addicted to playing bingo online. And where did these results come from? A survey conducted by a bingo site (there’s problem number one…).

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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.