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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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Birthday Party Night At Tidy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 19th 2014 7:27 AM

In just two days time, on 21st August, our site Tidy Bingo will have been open for a year. For those of you not familiar with the site, a Tuesday sees our standalone room open and tonight is the night that we are going to be hosting our virtual birthday party. You don’t have to dress up or BYOB, simply be in the Tidy Cupboard from 7pm to join in with our traditional party games.

We won’t be dishing out jelly and ice cream and Tidy Bingo but we are going to be playing some traditional party games in the four-hour session. As usual the room opens with the Tidy and The Troops game at 7pm. This is your chance to win a share of £50 AND contribute to raising funds for Help for Heroes.

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Be An Angel At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Aug. 18th 2014 7:04 AM

Costa Bingo tells us Be An Angel Day is coming up, a day where you can concentrate on paying it on and doing some good deeds. Many of us pride ourselves on being a good friend, but now that’s about to be put to the test as you get the chance to win with a friend at Costa Bingo.

The Costa Angels promotion starts today and runs through until Thursday 21st August with some special games that will test your angelic nature. Every day you’ll get a chance to win, but if you are lucky, will you keep the loot or pay it on?

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Bingo Godz Current Promos

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 16th 2014 7:38 AM

Bingo Godz opened about a year ago and it’s one site that we expected more from if we are honest. There is little available online currently that offers something different when it comes to bingo games and that is what Godz has to offer but sadly, it has yet to become a brand that we rush back to time and time again. The promotional schedule has always fallen a bit short for us but there have been a few tweaks and additions which have given it a bit more appeal of late.

Here we are going to look at the current Bingo Godz promotions, those available on a regular basis and see if we can’t find more to love about the brand now it is coming up for being a year old. As yet though there are no birthday celebrations listed at the site (as of 11th August when this article was written).

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Fire And Ice At Angry Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Aug. 15th 2014 7:32 AM

Angry Bingo’s fierce little bingo balls are making their mark on the Internet just a few months after the site’s launch. With the weight of the Mandalay Media brand propelling the site they’ve kicked off with some fantastic games and promotions and these are set to continue too!

The weekly free £10k Cash Bomb game at Angry Bingo is definitely the jewel in the crown but there’s plenty more, and this month it’s the Fire and Ice jackpot playing on 30th August, with free tickets up for grabs all month!

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Film Bingo Exclusive Promotions

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 14th 2014 7:31 AM

Film Bingo only opened at the end of July but already this site has quite an audience, no surprise really considering this brand has chosen to offer two exclusive promotions to its players from the moment it first screened in the world of online gaming. Film clearly value word of mouth and this is apparent with their Facebook Film Fans promotion, the chance to win cinema vouchers just for getting involved with their Facebook page.

As Film Bingo reach certain milestones they will be giving out cinema gifts cards. The first milestone that they want to reach is 100 and then someone will be enjoying a night out with the family to the local cinema with a £50 gift card! After that there are £25 gift cards for every additional 250 likes the page receives.

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Bingo Mates Hit Mecca Jackpot

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Aug. 13th 2014 11:49 AM

Two lucky ladies recently hit the jackpot at Mecca Bingo in Halifax with a £50,000 payout. The pair, Beverley Tinkler, 60 and Debora Sturman, 50 were obviously overjoyed, and have split the winnings between them.

This was a huge surprise for the friends, as Saturdays at the club don’t usually see big payouts. And, probably the best part of it all is that they won on a new promotion, the ‘Firecracker’ showcase event where they got free tickets.

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Daily Specials At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Aug. 13th 2014 7:10 AM

This August Mecca Bingo is giving players a real treat at its online and mobile site with some fantastic daily promotions. Each week you can join in all sorts from Magic Mondays through to Full house Fridays and pick up plenty of winning chances along the way.

From Monday through to Saturday every week through August at Mecca Bingo you have a different promotion to play for, and with plenty on offer across the site you’re sure to find plenty to suit you! Here’s a rundown of the daily specials, how they work and what you can win.

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Betfair Bingo Club

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 12th 2014 7:03 AM

With the world of online bingo a very competitive one with so many brands all vying for your patronage, we are seeing more and more sites upping the ante on their loyalty reward schemes. The Betfair Bingo Club is this sites way of rewarding loyalty to their brand and you have several different levels to achieve when playing. Points are earned by playing bingo and selected instant win games.

The moment you register with the site you are a member of the Betfair Bingo Club and your points that you earn can be exchanged for bingo bonuses or even games bonuses. You can view you current level, the amount of points you have and even convert the points through the Bingo Club area of the main screen.

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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.