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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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Hallow Screams At bet365 Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Oct. 25th 2016 7:27 AM

We’ve been quite shocked at the lack of Halloween themed promotions that we have seen from the various brands that we promote, expecting a lot more like the Hallow Screams from bet365 Bingo. That said, the promotions we have come across have been pretty impressive and this is certainly true of our latest find.

By playing in the Pumpkin Patch room at bet365 Bingo from 10th to 30th October you are in with a chance of winning a luxury break for two worth £1,300. All you have to do is play the Trick or Treat games that play between 11am and 10.30pm and win. For each win you will get one ticket for the finale game.

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Ladbrokes Bingo And The Social Networks

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Oct. 24th 2016 5:46 AM

When you register for an account at Ladbrokes Bingo, you become part of their family, which not only includes their bingo site but also all of their branches, giving you access to hundreds of different games, spread across Casino, Slots, Games, Poke and Lotto to name but a few. You will soon find yourself making friends with fellow roomies, and a great way to keep in touch with them all is through Ladbrokes very own Social App.

Using their Social App is nice and easy, and can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Profile’ tab in the chat box in their rooms. In here, you can build up a profile and share information with your bingo buddies, upload a profile picture and add people to your friend’s list. The benefit of this is that you will then be notified each time they log on and you can chat to each via the ‘speech bubble’ feature.

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bgo Underfire From The ASA

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Oct. 22nd 2016 7:07 AM

It was only a short while ago that we reported on the fact that gambling adverts may well be banned on television before the 9pm watershed [read more here]. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) furnished us with details of figures of complaints about gambling / betting adverts and although they were quite small, of the rulings for the week 19th October, there were FOUR that were gambling related.

bgo, Titanbet, Coral and LeoVegas all appeared in the rulings on the ASA page and three of the four complaints were upheld! There were three parts to the complaint about the bgo commercial but only one of the three was upheld.

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New To Cozy Games, Igloo Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Oct. 20th 2016 7:00 AM

On 17th October a new bingo site launched on the Best Bingo Network powered by the Cozy Games software. The site is called Igloo Bingo and whilst we’re always a little excited about a new addition to the ranks of bingo sites online, we’re disappointed to find that once again it is just a skin. However, with that said, the company that owns the brand (Meteor Marketing) already have their hands in the bingo pie with Rocket Bingo and if you look at that site, there are a number of exclusive offers and promotions.

Could we be set to see a Cozy Games that actually brings something different to the bingo table? Is Igloo Bingo set to offer up some unique deals and promotions for the players that choose to register and deposit with them? We will have to wait and see.

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Daytime TV Ban Expected For UK Gambling Adverts

Posted by Lee on: Tuesday, Oct. 18th 2016 4:56 AM

Gambling Adverts

Gambling Adverts

Adverts for the gambling industry look set to vanish not only from our daytime TV screens but also social media due to fears that they are influencing the young, resulting in gambling problems. Under current rules, adverts are allowed to be shown before the 9pm watershed, but recent figures from the Gambling Commission have shown the number of 18 to 24-year old’s with gambling problems has trebled over the past three years.

Figures from The Advertising Standards Authority show that last month they received a total of 3,395 complaints about 2,301 different adverts. Of these complaints, only 224 (7%) were about betting / gambling adverts. In total 3% of the adverts complained about were betting / gambling related.

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400% Bonus Offered At Bingo Cove

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Oct. 17th 2016 7:18 AM

Bingo Cove is one of many sites online today that are part of the Dragonfish network. If you’re an avid bingo player then you will know that as well as the standard network, their are offshoot networks too. Networks like the one 8 Ball Games have, another from Mandalay / Intertain and the United Bingo one too. The latter three tend to change their bonuses on quite a regular basis playing keep up with the Joneses, but on the Dragonfish network, it is quite a rarity.

This is why we were quite shocked to see Bingo Cove DOUBLE their welcome offer for new players, a change that we found simply by visiting the site. To date there are well over 120 sites on the main Dragonfish network, that’s not including the brands on the internal networks at 8 Ball Games etc.

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Last Day For Bob’s Shed Special At Ladbrokes Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Oct. 15th 2016 7:37 AM

Since 4th October Ladbrokes Bingo has been running a special promotion focused around their standalone room, Bob’s Shed. The Bob’s Shed Special gives you the opportunity to play your way into the room and get in on some free bingo action this October.

The promotion has been running for a little while now and sadly today is the final day for qualification to play in the room at Ladbrokes Bingo. Tomorrow will host the final session of the free games from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. In that two hour sessions, there will be a £500 prize pool to be shared amongst the lucky winners.

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Saddle Up For Western Bingo At Knotty Ash

Posted by Gareth on: Thursday, Oct. 13th 2016 9:48 AM

Mecca Bingo in Knotty Ash are ramping up the entertainment levels this weekend with a Wild West night. We’re guessing that the event is to attract younger players as the star attraction will be a real bucking bronco.

Players will be able to compete to see who can stay the longest on the mechanical bull, hang on to your hats for that one, (Stetson of course!). Starting at 6pm October 15th in the Prescot Road club, there will be cowboy cocktails, country music, and the bar will be done out like a saloon.

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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.