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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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Bingo Loses It Balls

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Dec. 14th 2017 7:16 AM

New Look For Online Bingo

New Look For
Online Bingo

As regular readers of our pages will know, there have been some quite significant changes in the world of online bingo recently. We’ve seen a change in the bonus structure for many sites and more recently, alterations to the design and feel of many to ensure they hold no appeal to children. This was something that was requested by the UK Gambling Commission in a letter to all operators which can be read here. In it they instruct operators to remove any ad ‘likely to appeal particularly to people aged 17 or younger (‘under 18’)’ and, ‘generally available to view (‘freely accessible’).’

Further in the letter it states ‘The use of particular colours, cartoon and comic book images, animals, child- and youth-orientated references’. This looks to have had quite an impact on the aesthetics of online bingo!

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Social Responsibility Failures Cost Butlers Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Dec. 12th 2017 7:26 AM

Over the last few months we have seen some quite large fines levied against a number of gambling operators for failures around the social responsibility policies. Gala were fined £2.3 million and 888 a massive £7.8 million. Broadway Gaming (the company responsible for Butlers Bingo and a number of other online bingo sites) appear to have got off quite likely with a fine of £100,000 for their shortcomings.

The Gambling Commission (UKGC) chose to investigate the company after an Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that was published back in June 2016. There had been one complaint about an onsite advert that focused on the welcome offer, an offer that was ‘Deposit £10, play with £25’. The complainant felt the ad was misleading because the significant terms around wagering were not clear. The ASA agreed and upheld the complaint.

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Countdown To Christmas At Coral Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Dec. 11th 2017 4:30 AM

If you are anything like us, you are counting down the days until Santa arrives with a feeling of dread. Even though they start advertising earlier each year, we still manage to leave everything until the last minute! Coral Bingo are counting down to Christmas too, but they are working hard to put a smile on their roomies faces with a fantastic new promotion.

The Countdown to Christmas started on Thursday 30th November, but does not end until Thursday 21st December, so you have plenty of time to get involved. All you need to do is collect stamps for the chance to win an array of prizes including access to a free bingo, bonuses, cash prizes or even a luxurious chocolate hamper.

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Santa’s New Helpers At Wink Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Dec. 9th 2017 7:23 AM

Santa’s got new helpers at Wink Bingo apparently as the site asks players to get involved with their Chrimbo Countdown Challenge. Their Santa is going to send you three challenges when you opt-in to the promotion daily and each that you receive will earn you rewards.

Unlocking the challenges at Wink Bingo is really easy. You will receive your first challenge when you login for the first time on any day of the promotion. When you have completed that challenge, the next will be unlocked until you have completed all of the challenges. There will be new ones every day until Christmas Day so you have plenty of time to be one of Santa’s New Helpers.

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Jackpot Changes At Dragonfish Bingo Sites

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Dec. 7th 2017 7:39 AM

For quite some time the Dragonfish network appeared to stagnate. Where other sites were launching new and interesting games, making changes around various areas, the biggest network online looked to be doing very little to keep up with the Joneses’. Earlier in the year we saw a flurry of activity around the sites on the network though as changes were made to the wagering and withdrawal rules.

The momentum of change will continue into the New Year because come 1st January, sites like Flowerpot Bingo (to name just one on the network) are set to see a dramatic shake-up of the jackpot schedule. Luckily we’ve managed to secure details of the movers and shakers involved.

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Win A Car From Butlers Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Dec. 5th 2017 7:37 AM

When it comes to promotional offers there are some brands that really stand out from the crowd. Butlers Bingo is not a name that we would usually associate with ‘stand out’ offers but recently they upped the ante! Last week we saw the site launch a promotion that put the site well above some of the other big names from the world of online bingo.

The Win A Car promo got underway at the start of the month at Butlers and continues until 1st January 2018. That is unless someone manages to win the car before that date! This promotion isn’t one that sees you need to earn draw entries to be in with a chance of winning the car. For this offer, it’s all about calling bingo in a predetermined number of calls.

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Merry Millions At William Hill Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Dec. 4th 2017 7:28 AM

We’re all in full festive flow now in the world of online bingo and the seasonal promotions are now coming thick and fast! William Hill Bingo (and many other sites on the Virtue Fusion network) have just announced their Merry Millions promotion and you have until Friday 5th January 2018 to get involved.

There’s an impressive £7 million of cash prizes to be won in this period at William Hill Bingo and other VF sites in the promotional period and here we are going to look at how you can get your hands on a share. There are only some of the bingo rooms involved in Merry Millions and they are Main, Deal Or No Deal (DOND) 90 Ball, Deal Or No Deal 75 ball, Diamond, Speed and Rainbow Riches At this site.

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Advent Calendar At Chit Chat Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, Dec. 2nd 2017 4:35 AM

Now that December is finally here, it’s time to start getting serious about the festivities. Chit Chat Bingo have lined up a fantastic Advent Calendar for their funded players and it is packed full of goodies. Whilst you have missed out on the first few days, don’t worry as there is plenty more fun to be had.

Unlike normal Advent Calendars, this one is running until the end of the year. Chit Chat Bingo are not rewarding you with funny tasting chocolates though, as theirs comes complete with special offers, free games, loyalty points, big money games and even the chance to win fantastic prizes that you can give away as gifts or keep for yourself!

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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.