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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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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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Merlin Passes At Sing Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Apr. 18th 2014 7:43 AM

Merlin Passes are a wonderful thing, especially with school holidays and the upcoming summer. The pass is your magical ticket to many UK attractions such as Lego Land, The London Eye and many more, and this month at Sing Bingo one lucky will win a Premier Merlin Annual Pass and spending money for days out with the family, in a package worth £1,000!

The Merlin Pass will earn you entry into 31 top Attractions around the UK and the prize will go to one lucky winner who wins the game on Wednesday 30th April. You can buy tickets now at Sing Bingo for £2 each, but if you play over the next couple of weeks you can pick some free cards up for the game!

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Shining Bonuses At Bright Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Thursday, Apr. 17th 2014 7:52 AM

We’ve seen a lot of changes and movement in the online bingo industry in the first quarter of 2014 and part of that has been the emergence of some new, smaller bingo networks. One such network is the new Bede Gaming network, and the latest site on that, Bright Bingo is kicking off with some shining bonuses!

If you’ve heard the name Bede Gaming before then it’ll be Bingo Godz, but the flagship site isn’t on the network, and the new sites have no Godz or special features in this way. The first brand to launch on the software was Bingo Stars, quickly followed by Health Bingo, and now Bright Bingo has taken the cottage network to three, but with some very tempting bingo bonuses indeed.

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Free 50K Easter Link Game At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Apr. 16th 2014 2:12 PM

Easter is almost upon us, so it’s time for promotions at Mecca Bingo clubs, as a festive season isn’t the same without an extra chance to grab some bingo cash. This year’s Easter promotion is a special one though, as the company are also celebrating the latest tax reduction. So, to thank their players for all their support over the recent months it won’t be an Easter egg on offer but a sizeable 50K in prize money.

The big prize is for a free link game across Mecca Bingo’s clubs on Easter Saturday and although you’ll need to buy tickets for the other game, the link game is free. Obviously with the reduction in taxes Mecca will have a bit more cash on hand, although we hear that it will be spent on the acquisition of three new clubs, so make sure you head on down to your local Mecca Bingo club, as it is unlikely that they keep churning out free promotions of this size.

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Bingo Players Are Getting Younger

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Apr. 16th 2014 7:18 AM

Traditionally, bingo play has long been associated with the older generation, in fact the well-known and slightly derogatory term ‘blue rinse brigade’ has long been associated with those who love the numbers game. However, as anyone who visits bingo halls will know, these days that isn’t often the case and now one virtual bingo brand has released player details, declaring that almost half of their customers are now younger than 30 years old!

mFortune are leaders in the mobile bingo market with a brand designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. It’s not just mFortune Mobile, you can access the game from the desktop, but mobile play is definitely the onus of this popular brand.

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The Golden Easter Egg At Foxy Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Tuesday, Apr. 15th 2014 7:02 AM

It’s Good Friday in a few days and it’s going to be a very Good Friday indeed if you can get yourself over to Foxy Bingo and buy tickets for the Golden Easter Egg game playing this Friday at 9:30pm. The game promises to get Easter off to an eggsplosive bang and as it’s a five line bingo game there are five chances to win!

The Golden Easter egg plays on Friday 18th April at 9:30pm and tickets are already on sale for pre-buy customers at 99p each so you don’t need to miss out at Foxy Bingo, whatever your Easter plans are!

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Jackpot Café Push Advertising Rules

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Apr. 14th 2014 7:37 AM

In recent times the Advertising Standards Agency (A.S.A) have really moved with the times, and now they don’t only cover television advertising, but have broadened their spectre to cover advertising online, banner advertising, and even advertising in newspapers and magazines. Even Facebook advertising is covered by the new rules, which leaves us wondering what Jackpot Café were thinking with their latest Facebook sponsored campaign.

As lots of Facebook users will have recently discovered, many of us are now seeing brands on the social media site that we haven’t chosen to see, such is the prolific nature of sponsored ads. So when the ad below popped up on Facebook last week, claiming that a player had won £2,615 from bonus funds at Jackpot Cafe we went to check the terms and conditions.

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Penny Power At Paddy Power Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Apr. 12th 2014 7:02 AM

If you’re saving your pennies for Easter you may be scouting around for some cheap bingo games at the moment and they don’t come much cheaper than the Penny Power games at Paddy Power Bingo this Sunday. We can’t think of a more relaxing Sunday than some penny bingo action and what’s more, it’s available from your mobile or tablet too!

The fun starts Sunday at 6pm and between then and 9pm a massive £30,000 will be given away with tickets from just a penny all evening at Paddy Power Bingo!

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Bingo Comedy And Bingo’s Future

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Apr. 11th 2014 1:36 PM

Gala Bingo in Falkirk will be having a comedian onstage every Friday in April as the the latest ‘get ‘em through the door’ initiative. It starts tonight with Scottish funnyman Bruce Fummey who will be taking the stage at 10pm after the main session has finished.

He will be followed over the coming weeks by Billy Kirkwood on the 18th, and on April 25 by Bill Dewar. Apparently comedy is a bit thin on the ground in Falkirk, so this may be a very smart move by the manager, and we’re hoping the evenings will attract a few bingo converts.

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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.
  • 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.