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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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Shhhh Can You Keep A Bingo Secret?

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jan. 27th 2015 7:08 AM
Bingo Secret

Bingo Secret

A recent launch in the world of casinos online and the associated press release from the people behind the brand has us wondering if we’re soon to see a site launched called Bingo Secret or Secret Bingo. The reason that the grey matter was set to work was mention of a new Dragonfish powered bingo site in early 2015 in an article about the launch of Secret Slots, a new Dragonfish casino.

Tau Gaming are the people behind Secret Slots and they’ve a wealth of experience in the online gaming industry. James Newman used to be Head of Acquisitions at Gamesys and James Walters was previously the MD of MetroPlay.

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The Grand National At Sun Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Jan. 26th 2015 7:35 AM

The Grand National is a while away yet, it takes place on the first Saturday in April, but if you’d like the chance to win a VIP package to go along this year, including a two night hotel stay, a VIP trip around Liverpool, AND £400 spending money you’ll want to play at Sun Bingo this week!

It’s a Day at the Races with Sun Bingo and one lucky slots player this week is going to win a fantastic VIP weekend to see the most famous horse race of the year at Aintree. The Sundown Park slot at Sun Bingo is an exciting horse racing themed slot, and if you haven’t played it yet then you may want to give those reels a spin this week, as for every £30 you wager on the slot between now and Friday 30th January, you’ll receive an entry into a prize draw to win these VIP tickets to Aintree.

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Beacon Bingo Big Payout Night

Posted by Gareth on: Saturday, Jan. 24th 2015 10:33 AM

A while back we noted that Beacon Bingo paid out a whopping £100,000 to a lucky player at their Cricklewood club. The event in November last year attracted loads of players eager to grab the in-house jackpot.

There were also several four figure cash prizes in the event, so apart from the big winner there were a lot of happy smiling faces that night (and there may have been some losing downturned faces, but, not everyone can win…).

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Win A Short Break At William Hill Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Jan. 24th 2015 7:51 AM

This weather is just relentless isn’t it? If you’ve already had enough of the long winter months you may be pining for summer holidays already and William Hill Bingo is thinking just the same thing, giving one lucky player the chance to win a holiday for four people to Center Parcs this week.

The promotion has been running a few days but don’t worry you have today and tomorrow join in, just head over there and when use the code HOLIDAY, then you’ll get the chance to join in the holiday prize draw this week at William Hill Bingo.

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Beat The Blues Bonus At Cheeky Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Jan. 23rd 2015 7:24 AM

Almost there, it’s the last uphill slog to the January payday and if you’re waiting keenly for it to come along then you may be counting the pennies right now. Thankfully the online bingo world is offering some pretty good bargains this month, and this week you can claim your Beat the Blue bonus at Cheeky Bingo!

For one day only, on Monday if you make a deposit at Cheeky Bingo and use the special bonus code you’ll receive a massive 500% bonus, giving you £50 free! It’s a fantastic offer and it’s sure to beat the blues and see you through until the long January payday.

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Who is Bad Betty?

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jan. 22nd 2015 7:22 AM

You may have caught an advert on television recently that features a well-known rock tune from Ram Jam called Black Betty and be wondering what it is all about. The words to the song have been altered slightly from the original song and in the commercial are sung as Bad Betty. But who is Bad Betty? Well, she isn’t an actual person; Bad Betty is a euphemism, a nicer way of suggesting that someone may have a gambling problem.

The Senet Group, an independent body that was created in September 2014 to promote responsible gambling standards, has commissioned the campaign. Part of that group are big name brands like William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power and what they have agreed to includes not advertising sign up offers on TV before 9pm, the withdrawal of advertising for gaming machines in betting shop windows and giving 20% of their high street shop window space to advertising responsible gambling.

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New Site Empire Bingo Joins 15 Network

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Jan. 21st 2015 2:48 AM

Usually when a new brand is ‘coming soon’ we hear whispers of the impending launch on the bingo drums but the most recent addition to the 15 Network, the 23rd brand to use the Jumpman Gaming software, was not a name that we had heard before we stumbled upon it. Empire Bingo opened a few days ago but only came to our attention yesterday.

We’re hoping that actually Empire Bingo is a work in progress because if we’re honest, and we usually are, the homepage design leaves a lot to be desired. It’s not inviting, there is nothing of any interest to whet the bingo appetite and even the logo is rather dull. In comparison to the more recent launches on the 15 Network, this brand pales into insignificance on the design front.

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New Week, New Python Prize At Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jan. 20th 2015 7:57 AM

All of this month Film Bingo have been running a promotion that sees that bran give away a whole plethora of Monty Python prizes to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Already this month two players have taken home a Holy Grail mug and Michael Palin’s book, the Python Years. It’s a new week and that means a new prize from the site…

Up for grabs this week is the Monty Python Fluxx game at Film Bingo and entry into the prize draw isn’t hard to secure at all. You simply have to visit their Facebook page and post a well-known phrase from the Holy Grail film.

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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.