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Michael Hess: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On
Michael Hess:
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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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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New Bonus Codes At Iceland Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Thursday, Feb. 26th 2015 7:42 AM

Bingo sites are often changing welcome bonuses and tweaking offers to get new players interested and this week it’s Iceland Bingo who are making some changes to their bonuses in the form of new bonus codes. The codes allow players a certain amount of freedom with play, and where previously bonus play has been restricted to bingo, now new players can access the slots if they wish!

If you’re a new player to Iceland Bingo you will need to note the changes and enter the correct code now if you wish to sign up for a new account. Whatever you choose the bonus is a whopping 300% so you’ll have £40 to play with if you sign up and deposit £10!

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Fly With Sunny At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Feb. 25th 2015 7:47 AM

February is almost over now and thankfully we’ll be looking forward to daffodils, lambs and a bit of spring soon but Sunny at Costa Bingo is bringing some sunshine to your life even before that with a very special giveaway over the next couple of weeks. Join in the special games where for just 2p a ticket where you can win cash prizes every day, but don’t forget the finale as there’s £700 worth of holiday vouchers to be won.

The first game played last night, but there’s another tomorrow and plenty more to come. The Fly with Sunny games run right through to the 8th March Finale at Costa Bingo and the Holiday Vouchers game, and as you play you can also grab free tickets for the Finale too!

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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.