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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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Mecca Bingo Host Of The Year

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Sep. 2nd 2015 1:27 PM

The national Bingo Caller Of The Year competition sadly closed its doors in 2007, just as many clubs themselves were closing their doors for the last time. As a celebration of not just the callers but the players and halls themselves the competition’s demise was ominous.

So, it’s good news that Mecca Bingo have launched their Host Of The Year, which is basically the same thing, the accolade going to the best bingo caller. As there are many independent and other bingo chains in the you can’t really call this a national competition, but bearing in mind how many bingo clubs they have you can be sure that if the was a national, the Mecca winner would be in the top ten at least.

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The Great Gift Giveaway At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Sep. 2nd 2015 7:46 AM

The summer may be dwindling to a soggy end now, but there’s no need to stop the fun, which is why Mecca Bingo is going in for the Great Gift Giveaway this September, giving you the chance to win a fantastic gift experience for you and a friend. The Gift Games play every weekend at the site, giving you the chance of an exciting experience for you and a friend.

Experience days are a wonderful thing, after all they are the perfect way to create memories for you and your friends. Whether you fancy a theatre trip or shopping spree, afternoon tea or something a bit more adventurous, you get to choose with Mecca Bingo this month.

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Super September At Tombola Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Tuesday, Sep. 1st 2015 7:47 AM

The Super September promotion at Tombola this coming month is not to be missed. There’s all sorts going on including Bingo Lite’s seventh birthday and a £120,000 Bingo Roulette giveaway. There’s a mix of games and giveaways throughout the month but they’re not to be missed as there’s a guaranteed £700,000 to be won by online and mobile players.

Tombola Bingo is unique and dazzling and these virtues make it one of the nation’s most popular bingo site and with £700,000 to be given away in a month, it’s easy to see why!

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Win A Car At Virgin Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Aug. 31st 2015 7:00 AM

Sometimes a promotion comes along and it’s a sweet deal and not to be missed and that’s what Virgin Bingo has coming up for players this September! You’ll need to be in at the start though as the Last Man Standing this month could well be driving away in a brand new car, not just any old car either, a brand new Alfa Romero Giulietta, guaranteed to make you the envy of all your friends!

It’s a month long promotion, running throughout September so it starts tomorrow but every day counts, miss a day and you’re out as only the Last Man Standing will be collecting the big prizes this month at Virgin Games!

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Winning Wednesdays at Sky Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Aug. 29th 2015 7:42 AM

We’re right at the end of August now and into a new month and if you’re already looking forward to the new month’s promos from around the bingo world then they’re starting to appear now with some great giveaway from around the net. At Sky Bingo we like the look of Winners Wednesdays this coming month with lots of chances for prizes and bonuses all month.

There’s a range of promotions and they’re running on site and if you follow Sky Bingo on Facebook with cash bonuses, giveaways, big jackpots and no lose games.

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Big Weekend With The Mecca Fest

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Aug. 28th 2015 7:59 AM

It’s August Bank Holiday this weekend and many online bingo sites are running special online promotions to celebrate the final long weekend of the year. Mecca Bingo is going one step further with the Mecca Fest, offering a range of promotions split between their online site and bingo halls up and down the country, so whether you’ll be getting your Bank Holiday Bingo action online, or down the bingo hall there’s plenty to play for.

There’s thousands to be given away with some big prizes and special games, including the Fiat 500 games where you could be driving away in a brand new car from Mecca Bingo!

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Elf Bingo SELFie Sticks Welcome

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 27th 2015 7:28 AM

Selfie sticks have been a bit of a craze amongst teenagers for quite some time, you only have to check our Facebook to see how many are using them. However, Elf Bingo believe that these gadgets clearly shouldn’t be restricted in use by the teens and as such are giving them away to plays who register and deposit at their site in a short-term exclusive promotion!

Whilst we might not think that a selfie stick is the best incentive to attract new players to a brand, not all will be of the same opinion and who knows, the number of new members for Elf Bingo may increase. Is it something that interests you?

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More Changes For Socially Responsible Gambling

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Aug. 26th 2015 7:36 AM

Online and mobile gaming has seen a boom in recent years and these days it can seem like every other advert is a bingo or casino ad. With a change in trends and more advertising, the IGRG, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling has announced a range of improvements this week designed to promote socially responsible advertising.

The Industry Code was first implemented in 2007 but these revisions are the biggest since then, and with mobile gambling now seeing huge growth the changes are considered to be much needed and will come into play within the next six months.

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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.