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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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Staycation At Bid Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Jul. 16th 2018 7:34 AM

With the weather having been so glorious in the UK, it’s no wonder that many Brits are opting for a staycation rather than holidaying abroad this year. Bid Bingo are actively encouraging this with their latest promotion called Staycation.

It all kicks off today at Bid Bingo, and their sister sites, and it’s all about being the player who fulfills the requirement of the day. There are no less than seven different family days out in the UK on offer in this promotion. The total value of prizes over the week (Monday through until Sunday) is around the £900 mark but will you be one of the lucky winners?

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Take A Nibble On Bite Size Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Sunday, Jul. 8th 2018 7:49 AM

It’s been a while since we’ve introduced you to a new bingo site but today we came across yet another addition to the upgraded Jumpman Gaming software. Bite Size Bingo is the game, and if we are entirely honest, the bingo is pretty bite size because hardly any games run because there just aren’t the bingo player numbers on the network anymore.

With that said, whilst Bite Size Bingo doesn’t wow players with the impressive bingo offering or massive jackpots on those games, what it does do is offer quite the selection of instant win games and slots. This seems to be the focus of most of the 15 Network sites, and has been for quite a while.

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Online Gambling Financial Checks

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 5th 2018 7:29 AM

Gambling Operators - Financial Checks

More Stringent
 Checks Coming Soon

In June 2018 32Red was penalised to the tune of £2 million following an investigation by the Gambling Commission. They were found to have serious failings in their social responsibility and money laundering checks but they weren’t the first company to be slapped with a hefty fine for this reason.

£7.8 million was the fine levied against 888 back in August 2017 after they were found to fall short on their social responsibility processes too. These sort of shortcomings are not a new occurrence.

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Blox Bingo From Jackpot Joy

Posted by Nickie on: Sunday, Jul. 1st 2018 7:31 AM

Over the years we have seen a number of themed bingo games launched and we recall one called Bejeweled Bingo that was available at Jackpot Joy back in August 2010. The game wasn’t around for long but now we’ve found that there’s a similar bingo game available at the site but with a different name! It’s called Blox Bingo and when we first heard of it, we thought it was a new way to play the actual bingo game, it’s not.

Blox Bingo is like a standard game of 90 ball bingo except that when the numbers are called, they don’t appear on screen in bingo balls. Instead they are in ‘blox’. From a normal game, this is the only difference at Jackpot Joy BUT, if you have six tickets in play, you’ll then get to play Blox Blitz after the main game!

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Buzz Bingo, Bringing The ‘Buzz’ Back?

Posted by Nickie on: Friday, Jun. 29th 2018 7:01 AM

Buzz Bingo

Gala Clubs Rebrand
As Buzz Bingo

For many years now retail bingo has been trying to shake the image of the blue rinse brigade. If you visit your local club you’ll find a more younger demographic in attendance than you might expect and Gala Leisure are hopeful that this becomes the norm as Gala rebrands to Buzz Bingo!  

The new branding for the high street venues is part of a £40 million investment that Gala Leisure are putting into their bingo halls over the next couple of years. Gala Leisure was purchased by Caledonia Venus Acquisitions in December 2015.

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Tea Cup Tournament At Gala Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jun. 26th 2018 7:17 AM

The nation might not all be engrossed in the World Cup, and we may not all be keen on watching a game where 22 men run around a patch chasing a ball. However, if you’re here reading this article we can presume that you’re not adverse to a game which also uses balls, albeit that they are numbered. Gala Bingo are hosting their own version of the World Cup but it’s called the Tea Cup.

We’re now in Week Two of the Tea Cup tournament at Gala Bingo but you have this and two more weeks to get involved. Each week you have to qualify for the Semi-Final and then during that session on a Friday, you will be able to qualify for the Final on Sunday 15th July. Qualifying games for the Semis take place daily between midday and midnight and tickets cost 10p each.

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Bonus Changes To Ignite Bingo Brands

Posted by Nickie on: Sunday, Jun. 24th 2018 7:03 AM

If you’re a fan of the Ignite bingo brands, sites like Frozen, Angry, Sparkly and Kingdom Bingo to name but a few, then you may have noticed a change when you have visited their sites of late. Over the last few days there has been an amendment to the welcome package offered to new players registering and making their first deposit.

To date the changes have taken place at Farmyard, Rewind, Season, Bringo, Sparkly, Frozen, Angry, Giant, Dino and Kingdom Of Bingo. What’s altered is that the sites no longer offer a cash match bonus on your initial deposit, instead they are rewarding your first transaction with bingo tickets.

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Take A Lick Of Sundae Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jun. 21st 2018 7:25 AM

Sundae Bingo is a name that we only heard of in early June when we stumbled upon the site, the official launch date for the brand was 5th June 2018. Whatever the launch date though, we think you will be keen to take a slurp of what it has to offer when you learn that the bonuses have no wagering requirements!

Like other sites before it from Tau Gaming, (Hunky, Zinger, Dabber, Besties to name but a few) Sundae Bingo has opened on the Real Money Network from Dragonfish. This means that you don’t get the traditional cash match bonus on your first deposit but instead will receive bingo tickets for specific rooms / games and 10 slot spins.

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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.