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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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Puppy Power In Glasgow Mecca Bingo

Posted by Gareth on: Thursday, Jan. 19th 2017 2:09 PM

Over the past few years we’ve seen some strange promotional activities in bingo halls, strippers at Mecca Ayr is one that immediately springs to mind! And the latest one is also in a Scottish club, cute dogs to cheer up players with the winter blues in Mecca’s Glasgow Springfield Quay club.

Mecca Bingo have got together with Guide Dogs Scotland to offer bingo players the chance to ‘cuddle a mutt’ to help uplift their spirits during the month that for some people is just plain depressing. The stripping night did end in complaints (not from the customers…), but we doubt that there will be any complaints this time around.

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The Bingo Battle At Jackpot Joy

Posted by Lee on: Thursday, Jan. 19th 2017 6:59 AM

The Her Royal Highness the Queen of Bingo wants her loyal subjects to fight it out this week as part of an epic Jackpot Joy Bingo Battle. Don’t worry, this does not mean you have to resort to fisticuffs or anything physical, it’s simply as case of taking part in her team bingo event. Before you so anything, you will need to log in to your account, head to the promo page and click on the ‘Take Part’ button.

Once you have done this, you will have a big decision to make as there are four teams for you to choose from; The purple Happy Horses, the orange Awesome Otters, the green Crazy Kangaroos and the blue Speedy Snails. As soon as you have done this, make your way into any of their 90 ball bingo rooms and play as you normally do; Jackpot Joy will do the rest.

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Iceland Bingo’s Hot Holidays

Posted by Lee on: Tuesday, Jan. 17th 2017 5:36 AM

Iceland Bingo is a brand that is owned by the same company that runs your favourite high street frozen food chain. Whilst their shops are kept constantly chilly, they appreciate that their bingo players might like things a little warmer once in a while. Therefore, they have lined up a fantastic 90 ball Hot Holidays game that is taking place on Monday 18th April at 8pm.

You might think we are being a bit premature, bringing you details of a game that is still months away, but there is method in our madness. Iceland Bingo are running a January Sale all this month, meaning you can pre-purchase up to a maximum of 96 cards for their Hot Holidays game, and instead of them costing you £1 each, they will all be half price at just 50p per time.

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Linked And Loaded At Cupcake Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jan. 16th 2017 4:40 AM

If you have a sweet tooth for online bingo, you might want to check out the platter set out at Cupcake Bingo. Being part of a network allows them to offer you a menu that is pack full of tasty promotions and jackpots. It does not matter whether you prefer 75 ball or 90 ball either, as there is something for everyone, including their linked and loaded games.

Cupcake Bingo’s Linked and Loaded games see them join forces with other brands such as Robin Hood Bingo, Gossip Bingo and Silk Bingo to name but a few. Their 75 ball linked games run between 3pm and 11pm each day in the Live Bingo room, with games starting 90 seconds after the previous one ends. Cards will cost you just 10p each and there are even prizes for the unfortunate 1TG and 2TG players.

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Points Make Prizes At bgo Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, Jan. 14th 2017 4:34 AM

The bgo Boss is a generous fella and likes to make sure that every time you log in to his site, there is always something special going on for you to enjoy. He also appreciated that we are all having to watch home much we spend on our favourite games until pay day comes around again. Therefore, he has lined up a series of exciting promotions for you to enjoy, starting with Points Makes Prizes.

To join in the fun, you’ll need to play in the Fairy Delight or Golden Galaxy rooms during the specified hours. Each time you win one line, two lines or a full house, you will win Loyalty Points in addition to the games usual jackpot. At the end of each week, the number of points you have accumulated will determine your prize, with 500, 1,000 or even 1,500 Loyalty Points up for grabs.

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Treasure Bingo’s January Sails

Posted by Lee on: Thursday, Jan. 12th 2017 5:13 AM

You might think there is a spelling mistake in the title of this article, but no, you would be wrong. You see, the January Sails at Treasure Bingo has nothing to do with money saving offers or picking up a bargain or two. They appreciate that you might need a little rest and relaxation after a stressful December, so they are giving you the chance to sail away to somewhere warmer!

This special 90 ball bingo game is not setting sail until 11pm on Tuesday 31st January, so you have plenty of time to get prepared. On the night, there is £500 worth of Thomas Cook holiday vouchers up for grabs, with the full house winner taking half, the two line winner a £150 voucher and the one line winner a £100 voucher. If you don’t fancy a holiday, Treasure Bingo will let you take the cash instead.

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Tuesday Treasure From Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jan. 10th 2017 7:13 AM

For many of us Christmas has an adverse effect on our purses and with January always appears to be the longest month, at least when it comes to making your pennies last. There always seems to be more month than money! For this reason, free bingo is a welcome promotion from any site and Film Bingo have plenty to offer including the new Tuesday Treasure.

The Tuesday Treasure game plays tonight at 8pm and the best part, for depositing players at Film Bingo, tickets are FREE! With £1,000 in the prize pool, a win could certainly ease the pressure on the purse strings a little.

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New Year New You At bet365 Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jan. 9th 2017 5:49 AM

Now that the festivities are out of the way, it’s time to get back to normality for a while. This means no more over-eating, no more drinking too much and fingers crossed, no more piling on the pounds! The New Year is all about getting back into shape before Summer, and this year, bet365 Bingo are here to make it happen with their New Year, New You promotion.

This fantastic new promotion from bet365 Bingo is running all month long, and is leading up to an evening of special ‘I Will ….’ games that are set to take place between 9pm and 10pm on Sunday 29th January. To take part in these games, you could simply pre-purchase cards from the bingo schedule, but you might want to wait a while as you also have the chance to win them.

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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.