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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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£10 Free From Bingo Godz

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Nov. 26th 2014 7:20 AM

Bingo Godz first launched in August 2013 and whilst there had been much anticipation of the new site, at opening it failed to live up to the expectations that the industry and player had for the brand. Over the last 12 months, if player chat is the yardstick with which the performance is to be measured, the site has been a bit of a let down. However with a new £10 free offer currently available and some changes throughout the site, could the site be on the cusp of greatness?

We spent a little time in the rooms at Bingo Godz recently and there appeared to be a number of issues that the players were verbalising in the chat rooms. Some weren’t overly impressed that a number of jackpot games have now been linked with the likes of Health Bingo and Bingo Stars whilst others had had issues with withdrawing funds without losing bonus cash.

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Bingo Anywhere Gets A Makeover

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Nov. 25th 2014 7:07 AM

Bingo Anywhere is one of many sites powered by the Cozy Games software available on the Internet currently and over the last few months, many of these have had a lick of virtual paint. This brand appears to be the latest. Usually you find that a bingo makeover consists of a change in the landing page aesthetics but more often than not, the logo remains unchanged. This is not the case with this brand.

Previously the logo consisted of the word Bingo spelt in balls and anywhere in a calligraphy type font. The new look logo for Bingo Anywhere certainly seems more apt with a mobile screen incorporated. The home page has undergone quite a transformation too and definitely seems more themed than the previous look the site boasted.

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Holiday Jackpots Announced At 888Ladies

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Nov. 24th 2014 7:45 AM

The festive season is looming now and everyone’s itching to get the eggnog open and get on with things! Many sites are already running gift giveaways but at 888Ladies they’re first off the mark to announce the Christmas jackpot schedule and there’s a massive £8,800 to be won!

There’s a whole host of festive games and you can buy tickets from 20p each, at any time between now and Christmas. We’ve already sneaked over to 888Ladies and opened the gifts under the tree early, you can reveal yours when you’re ready to buy your tickets.

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Fill Your Stockings At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Nov. 22nd 2014 7:36 AM

Across the bingo world the Christmas giveaways are coming faster than Rudolph on a misty night, and at Costa Bingo they’re running a fantastic giveaway this coming week, offering a different stocking filler every day! There’s 7 games in all, and 6 have free tickets, with an iPhone 6 to be given away in the finale, for 5p a ticket!

It’s an exclusive giveaway for loyal Costa players, so to join in you must have made a deposit in the last 7 days of at least £15. If you don’t quite qualify, be quick and make a deposit today and you’ll get entry into the first of the weekly games this evening!

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Tidy Bingo Premieres Video Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Nov. 21st 2014 7:00 AM

If you’re a fan of mini games, and bingo, then you have even more reason than ever to log onto our own brand, Tidy Bingo this week as there’s a brand new mini-game launched, Video Bingo! It’s launched across the Jumpman Gaming software this week, but of course, you Tidyers know just where to go to try out the game!

Video Bingo is a mini-game rather than a bingo room at Tidy Bingo, and you’ll find it under the ‘All Games’ tab at the site. It’s as the title suggests, a video version of bingo. There’s no roomful of players to compete against, just you, the computer and four bingo tickets!

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Live Bingo Network Add 50-Ball Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Thursday, Nov. 20th 2014 7:23 AM

The Live Bingo Network, or LBN is a popular bingo network using software from Cozy Games and throughout the last year it’s gone through some massive changes. In 2014, sixteen brands have been added to the company’s portfolio including Raw Bingo, LMAO Bingo, and many others, and now the LBN is expanding its games portfolio too with the introduction of a 50-ball bingo room.

Already Cozy Games has many bingo variants, 90-ball, 80-ball, 75-ball and speed ball 30, but when we reviewed one of the LBN sites a few weeks ago, we noticed a 50-ball room. On our next log in it was gone, and we can only assume it was a trial run, but now it’s official, 50-ball bingo will be available at LBN.

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More Maximum Bingo At Foxy Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Nov. 19th 2014 7:01 AM

The Maximum Bingo games at Foxy Bingo turn up occasionally and they are about as exciting as bingo gets. It’s a couple of months since the last one but players are likely to remember as there was £50,000 given away in a single game!

These Maximum Bingo games play in 90-ball but the winners just carry on with even losing tickets getting a share of the pot. We love a bit of no-lose bingo and with such a huge prize pool to be given away at Foxy Bingo, with Maximum Bingo everyone gets a share.

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Cozy Games Favoured By Search Engines

Posted by Kath on: Tuesday, Nov. 18th 2014 7:41 AM

The bingo industry is full of reviewers and bingo players who are happy to tell you what sites they love, and what sites they don’t! Generally big players such as Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Mecca Bingo come out on top with a special place held for sites such as Tombola, but if you asked a search engine for any old bingo site, you might not get what your average bingo player would expect.

In fact, research from SEO company Blueclaw has shown that in fact it’s Cozy Games sites that come out at the top of the search engines, with Comfy Bingo a firm favourite.

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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.