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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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Festive Frolics At Film Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Nov. 30th 2015 12:10 AM

You might have been able to ignore the constant stream of television adverts and the crazy neighbours putting up their decorations way too soon, but unfortunately Christmas is now on the horizon. In a just a few weeks’ time you will be expected to come up with nicely wrapped gifts for everyone and tables so full of food that you won’t need to eat again until the New Year! Film Bingo appreciate how stressful this can be so, so are giving you the chance to be selfish for a while thanks to their brand new Festive Frolics promotion.

As this is one of Film Bingo‘s exclusive promotions, you find yourself competing with players from all of the other sites on the 15 Network. They are sticking to the tried and tested leaderboard format, so all you need to do is log in, play your favourite games and earn as many tournament points as you can before the end of December.

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Movember Millions With Costa Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Nov. 28th 2015 7:06 AM

If you’re a bloke, or have one in the household who is currently sporting some facial hair, then the chances are you will know all about Movember. Although Movember, or No Shave November as it has sometimes been called, first happened in 2004 to raise awareness of various cancers, it wasn’t a ‘thing’ in the UK until 2007. This year, as they have for a couple of years now, Costa Bingo are getting involved.

Sunny is already sporting his moustache but for players at Costa Bingo it’s about how much money they have won at the site since 1st November.

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Play Today, Party Tomorrow At Sky Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Nov. 25th 2015 7:28 AM

With December just around the corner office, Christmas parties are booked and staff are ready to don their best clobber and head out on the town with their colleagues. Why shouldn’t online bingo players do the same? At Sky Bingo you can because this month they are hosting their Play Today, Party Tomorrow promotion.

You don’t need to dress up to get involved, and at Sky Bingo you’re unlikely to get caught smooching your boss in the stationery cupboard. To be part of the promotion you simply have to wager £5 on bingo at the site.

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Raw Bingo Introduces Wizard of Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Nov. 24th 2015 12:39 PM

Regular readers of our pages will know that I am not a fan of the Cozy Games products and haven’t been for a long time. Today’s news article may come as a bit of a shock to you all because for the first time in forever, I am going to be nice about a Cozy Games product! It was on a visit to Raw Bingo that the miracle happened…

I’d heard tell of an innovative new bingo variant that had arrived on the software and wanted to check it out. My expectations were not high at all, after all brands like Raw Bingo have always had the highest number of bingo variants available online anyway. Wizard of Bingo is the product name.

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Christmas Comes Early To Sing Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Nov. 23rd 2015 7:10 AM

The weeks seem to be flying by right now and it won’t be too long before Santa comes calling with a sack full of gifts for all you well behaved boys and girls! Bingo Starr from Sing Bingo is a tad impatient though, and does not feel that a rock star such as himself should have to hang around waiting when he has better things to do. This is why he launched the first of his festive promotions in November, but if you want Christmas to come early to your house then you will need to be quick!

This fantastic promotion from Sing Bingo has been running all month long, and has been leading up to a very special 75 ball bingo game which is taking place at 9:30 pm on Saturday 28th November.

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Free Games For Newbies At Coral Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Nov. 21st 2015 7:01 AM

Dire Straits sang the line “Money for nothing and your chicks for free”. Well, Coral Bingo may not be able to supply chicks for free but they’re certainly looking at giving new players a little money for nothing in the Farley and Carly room at their site. All you have to do is register and account with the site and then you will get seven days access to the room and the option to play for £25 of bingo bonus and each game.

The Farley and Carly room at Coral Bingo is open for two sessions a day; the first is from midday until 2 pm and then they open it for the second session from 6 pm until 8 pm. That’s four hours of free games per day, 28 hours per week!

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Fireworks Continue At Lollipop Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Nov. 19th 2015 7:37 AM

After Bonfire Night comes Diwali so for a good few days before and after 5th November the night sky is alight with colour. At Lollipop Bingo the fireworks are continuing throughout the month as the site is hosting their very own Fireworks Festival. However, there are no bangs or illuminations with this promotion but there could be a few ‘ooh’s and aah’s’ from the player who wins the prize!

Up for grabs in this promotion from Lollipop Bingo is a choice of one of two prizes and both are a welcome addition to any girls gadget collection. The winner gets the option of going super straight or cute and curly with either GHD straighteners or a Babyliss Secret Curl.

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New Site Free Spirit Bingo Joins WSN

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Nov. 17th 2015 7:58 AM

Last week we saw the Wheel Of Slots Network expand with the launch of the sixth brand to opt for this network, Free Spirit Bingo. When you visit the site you’re instantly reminded of something a bit hippy, it’s a site that has a definite ‘spiritual’ feel to it with a dream catch, wise owl and of course, the fluffy white keepers of the bingo balls.

Like all brands on the Wheel of Slots Network, Free Spirit Bingo doesn’t give you a cash match deal on your first deposit. Instead, when you make a initial deposit of £10 the site gives you a spin of their bonus wheel. As a completely exclusive offer, you will also receive a vintage owl charm!

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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.