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Michael Hess: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On
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Bingo And Social Club Five Years On

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Three New Brands Coming Soon To Live Bingo Network

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Sep. 18th 2014 7:54 AM

Yesterday we saw the launch of the 21st brand on the 15 Network, Bingo Hombre and just a day or so before that, a new addition to the Live Bingo Network (LBN) called Galaxy Bingo. Today we bring you news of not one, not two but THREE new bingo sites expected to launch on LBN in the next month or so.

As more and more brands launch on any network, the pool of decent site names gets smaller and smaller and this becomes increasingly more obvious when you look at the names of some of the newer sites. Two of the three coming soon from LBN have ‘ok’ names, but the third really doesn’t seem to fit with what the brand is going to offer.

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Win An iPad Air From Costa Bingo Mobile

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Sep. 17th 2014 7:28 AM

If you’re playing Costa Bingo from a dated tablet or smartphone you may be wishing you could have a better experience from a better device. Well, right now the site has an exclusive mobile promotion where you could win a brand new iPad Air, giving you the crème de la crème of bingo experiences.

This fantastic prize will be given away exclusively on mobile on 22nd September and you can buy tickets for £5 each. However, you don’t need to spend out on tickets if you like to play as between now and then you can win hundreds of free tickets in the special Costa Bingo Mobile qualifiers!

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Whopping Jackpot Win At Carlton Bingo

Posted by Gareth on: Tuesday, Sep. 16th 2014 1:32 PM

Carlton Bingo are not the biggest bingo chain, they’ve only got 12 clubs, all located in the north of England and Scotland, so you wouldn’t expect huge jackpots in their clubs, even for national games. But, one lucky lady scooped a £250,000 for a full house at their Hartlepool club.

The lady had also previously won £20,000 for grabbing a full house with only 44 numbers called which, it turns out, is a UK record. The big win however came when she marked off a lucky star number which added the quarter of a million pay-out at the club in York Road, Hartlepool.

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Film To Launch Dream Team Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Sep. 16th 2014 7:16 AM

On 19th September there are to be a few changes to one of the most popular promotions at Film Bingo, a promotion that appeals most to players who love the social side of the game online. Team Bingo is set to be re-branded across the 15 Network to Dream Team Bingo and there will be a number of changes.

It used to be that you had to create a team of players at Film Bingo yourself and often it was hard word trying to get others joining in. However, the new Dream Team games work in a different way and you no longer have to do all the leg work, the network will do it all for you. Simply email your username and let them know you want in on the action and you will be allocated to a team of three other players.

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Foxy Bingo £50k Sunset Slider

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Sep. 15th 2014 7:15 AM

We’re getting towards our final sunsets of the summer months now and autumn is setting in with chilly evenings and earlier sunsets. It can be a time of melancholy, after all we all love the brighter warmer months, but to take the edge off Foxy Bingo is giving away a £50,000 slider jackpot this month and the winner is guaranteed to walk away with at least £10,000!

Sliding jackpots are as they are named, jackpots that slide as more balls are called, so you really do want to be quick and get those cards marked, get down to 1tg and win if you want to get your hands on the £50k. However, with a guaranteed £10k to be given away, it’s a pretty princely prize from Foxy Bingo whatever happens.

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Titan Bingo Becomes Titan Bet Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Sep. 13th 2014 7:43 AM

On 1st October changes come into play the mean any gambling operator who wishes to advertise to, or transact with, consumers that are British must have an operating licence from the UK Gambling Commission. This means that the sites who are currently licensed in Gibraltar and Alderney (and other jurisdictions) have to make some changes. Titan Bingo is one such brand who has made changes, part of which is moving to a different domain. Titan Bingo has become Titan Bet Bingo, a small change but a necessary one it would seem.

We won’t be changing the names on our reviews or references to Titan Bingo simply because we think it makes little difference. The brand remains on the same software, Virtue Fusion so it is just a name change.

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Save A Life Bingo At Gala Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Sep. 12th 2014 7:37 AM

Gala Bingo are long known for their charitable donations and often cover some great causes with many of their promotions and specials. Right now the brand has teamed up with the Anthony Nolan, the UK’s leading blood cancer charity and bone marrow register, and if you play Save a Life Bingo right now, you can help out too.

Bingo and charity really do go hand in hand and there are many sites out there dedicated to charitable donations. While Gala is most definitely a business not a charity they still do some fine work and this Save A Life Bingo special will give a minimum of £2,000 to the trust from the games.

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Rewards At Bingo Clubhouse

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Sep. 11th 2014 7:25 AM

At last count there were 20 brands online today that have chosen to join the 15 Network and are powered by the Jumpman Gaming software. The 21st brand to join will be Bingo Hombre reported to be joining brands like Bingo Clubhouse this month. Talking of the Clubhouse brand, this is one of only a handful on the network that offer unique promotions and one of these is the Rewards Club. With there being so many different brands online today, it’s a great idea for trying to maintain a players loyalty to your brand.

Players who have chosen to be loyal to Bingo Clubhouse can reap a whole selection of rewards and earn Club Coins just for playing at the site.The Club Coins are given to players for participating in the games and promotions available at the site and can be used to buy an array of things from the reward shop.

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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.