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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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Rainbow Riches Bingo At Gala Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Mar. 6th 2015 7:53 AM

The Virtue Fusion network are famed for their themed bingo games, with Deal or No Deal Bingo and other similar games, and now they’ve added another to their repertoire with the launch of Rainbow Riches Bingo, based on the popular progressive slot game. You can try it out now at Gala Bingo and if you do so you’ll be entered into the daily prize draws to win all sorts of fantastic prizes!

This brand new variant of themed 40 ball bingo is sure to be popular with players, but at Gala Bingo this month the daily prizes will be ensuring that is so. There’s a different prize every day and with trips to Las Vegas and brand new iPhones to be won, you won’t want to miss out.

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Fling Bingo To Launch On Wheel Of Slots Network

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Mar. 5th 2015 7:48 AM
Fling Bingo

Fling Bingo
Coming Soon

It’s been a long time coming but it finally looks as though the wheels are in motion for the launch of a new bingo network. It’s been over 18 months since the Wheel of Slots name first hit our ears but rumour has it that this network is finally set to make an appearance, by the beginning of April at the latest! We’ve heard tell of a brand that has a launch date at the start of next month for a new site called Fling Bingo.

It might not be the most inspiring of brand names but when it comes to online bingo, all the best names have nearly all gone so operators have to go with domains they snapped up years ago. Little else is actually known about Fling Bingo so the following article is more speculative than factual.

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March Millions At Tombola Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Mar. 4th 2015 7:09 AM

Tombola do some fantastic promotions and guaranteed prize nights over at their unique and brilliant online bingo site. This month they really are going one better, we think the first sight of the sun must have gone to the team’s head as it’s March Millions at Tombola, and guess how much is to be given away?

That’s right, spring is in the air and Tombola Bingo is giving away £1 million and that’s sure to put a spring in your step too. There’s a selection of March giveaways and they are not to be missed!

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Win An iPhone 6 At Rio Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Tuesday, Mar. 3rd 2015 7:26 AM

Rio Bingo is usually making the most of the carnival but this month they’re in the Big Apple for a fantastic giveaway! By Apple we mean Apple iPhone of course, a brand new spanking gold one, 16gb to be given away in a very special game later this month.

The very special Big Apple game plays at Rio Bingo on 15th March at 8:30pm and tickets are on pre-buy now for just £2 each. However, if you play at the site in the run up to the game you could earn yourself some free cards for your chance to get your hands on this amazing, state of the art prize.

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Iceland Bingo Pays Out £3 Million Slots Jackpot

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Mar. 2nd 2015 7:04 AM

One Halifax mum couldn’t believe what she picked up at Iceland, Iceland Bingo that is! Single mum Anne Marie Farrar has been playing online bingo for around two years but has never scooped a huge win, but all that has now changed as she has landed the Millionaire Genie progressive jackpot to the tune of £3.4 million.

The lucky winner is a regular at Iceland Bingo and scooped this jackpot with a 15p bet, winning a massive £3.4 million, the equivalent of a lottery jackpot!

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St. David’s Day With Tidy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Feb. 28th 2015 7:25 AM

With so many bingo sites online currently, very few of which are Irish, we are left scratching our heads every years as to why St. Patrick’s Day is often the reason for many themed promotions yet St. David and St. George are overlooked by many. However, one brand that has celebrated St. David’s day since it opened to players is Tidy Bingo and the reason is simple – one of the owners is Welsh! Not only is he Welsh but he also celebrates his birthday this month too.

David, the founder of Playing Bingo and co-owner of Tidy Bingo, has a great sense of humour and the idea for the name of this special promotion was his! David’s Weekend Fun Pack is one of two exclusive deals available at Tidy this month and the prizes are very patriotic to say the least….

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We Love Winners At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Feb. 27th 2015 7:28 AM

We all love winners especially when we’re the winning player and at Mecca Bingo as we head out of February they love winners too with a fantastic blow out promotion to end the month. While many sites are bringing their monthly promos to an end, Mecca just carry on around the clock and around the calendar!

It’s a fantastic giveaway and there are iPhones, iPads and TV’s to be won. To join in you’ll need to play between Friday 27th February, that’s today, through to Sunday at Mecca Bingo Online.

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Last Nail In Coffin Of Cardiff Bingo Hall

Posted by Gareth on: Thursday, Feb. 26th 2015 12:13 PM
Cardiff Riva Bingo Agate Street Fire

A while back I visited what used to be Riva Bingo in Agate Street Cardiff in an auction preview. Along with several others, I got to photograph the interior as well as the exterior, and used the photographs to create a gallery in our Lost Halls section of the website (you can see them here).

Many of the other viewers there on the day like myself had no intention of putting in a bid, but were there for ‘cultural’ reasons. I’m guessing that like myself they were all wondering what was going to happen to what had been a cherished landmark for many years in the area of Splott.

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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.