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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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Tidy Bingo Birthday Blowout Jackpot Game

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 24th 2014 7:19 AM

It’s hard to believe that the first birthday of Tidy Bingo will soon be upon us. On 21st August our site will have been open a year and in that time we like to think that we have made an impression with our players with exclusive promotions and offers not found on any other site on the 15 Network. It goes without saying then that we will be hosting an array of special games for our birthday but sadly, the actual date doesn’t fall on a Tuesday this year.

The 21st August is actually a Thursday so at Tidy Bingo we will be celebrating being a year old a couple of days early. The reason is simple, this means we can have a party in the Tidy Cupboard, a party for just our players rather than those on the network. This is also true for the Birthday Blowout Guaranteed Jackpot game – it’s only open to players at Tidy.

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Gala Bingo Break Bingo Balls Record

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Jul. 23rd 2014 12:03 PM

Gala Bingo have got themselves in the the Guiness Book of Records by playing a game of bingo with the biggest set of bingo balls in the world. The set of 90 balls was custom made for Gala Bingo who were using the event to raise awareness for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign (M.C.A.C.) which aims to build build a culture where embarrassment does not prevent men from addressing problems with intimate parts of their bodies.

The event was staged on the set of Coronation Street in Manchester, and had a tie-in with the launch of Gala’s ‘Corrie Bouncy Balls’, their new online bingo game. The game was attended on the 18th July by a group of lucky winners who won seats at the game by playing online at Gala Bingo.

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Pump The Tyre At Cheeky Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Jul. 23rd 2014 7:49 AM

To celebrate the Tour de France, Cheeky Bingo has a fantastic free game playing at the site this week and if you log on and Pump The Tyre daily, you’ll win a cash prize. The free game plays from now through to Sunday and all you have to do to claim your prize is log in and play the free game every day.

Simply log in to your Cheeky Bingo account daily, Pump the Tyre and release the bonus. Your daily bonus will be paid into your account the very next day and then you can go and use this in the bingo rooms to buy tickets!

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Two New Bingo Sites From 8 Ball Games

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 22nd 2014 7:30 AM

Over the last few weeks we have seen a number of new bingo sites open their virtual doors to players despite the Point of Consumption tax being a concern for some operators. 8 Ball Games have quite a portfolio of sites on the Internet already and many of these are Dragonfish brands, either sites they have launched themselves or brands that they have purchased from others.

The two newest sites to join the ranks of the 8 Ball Games bingo offerings are High Life Bingo and Once Upon a Bingo, two pretty naffly named brands in our opinion. Each has an apt design for the brand name on their home page but that said, Once Upon A Bingo really looks a little childlike in design and not really suitable for an Internet bingo brand.

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7 Reasons Bingo Is Part Of History And The Future

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Jul. 21st 2014 7:14 AM

Bingo, or a similar game can be traced back to the 1500s in Italy. The game was popular then, and soon grew and changed into something more like the game we know today. By the eighteenth century the game had spread across Europe and can be found in French historical culture in a form familiar to what is played today. Throughout the centuries the game has been used for education, gambling, and raising funds.

Within the last century bingo has become a favourite pastime for much of the world. In the US and UK especially it’s one of the nation’s favourite games, but what is it exactly what makes it so popular? After the 1960s bingo heyday in the UK the game had been in decline but in recent times it’s definitely had a revival thanks to the online game. Here are some of the reasons that bingo is part of our history and part of our future too!

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Pulse Launches At Tombola Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Jul. 19th 2014 7:18 AM

A couple of weeks ago Tombola announced that they would be launching a new game and while there was no clue as to what Pulse was, we knew it was ‘coming soon’. Well the game finally launched this week and the big shock isn’t the game, it’s the fact that it’s had almost 30 jackpot winners in a single week!

The new game only launched last Monday and it’s already crammed with players, there were a few glitches on opening day but now it’s available both from the online version and the app at Tombola Bingo so you can play it on the move, or relaxing at home. The brand does now seem to have resolved all the glitches that were affecting mobile play, and that will be good news for those who want to get out and enjoy this lovely weather we’re having!

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Cricklewood Beacon Bingo Gets Huge Makeover

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Jul. 18th 2014 1:25 PM

Cricklewood Beacon Bingo is the biggest bingo hall in the UK. One of the many bingo halls to have survived the closures of the past two decades, and reach the 2014 budget milestone it is now taking advantage of the tax reduction.

A lot of pundits were expecting the tax change to mean bigger prizes, but the cash injection from the reprieve from the treasury has not meant bigger jackpots, the money is being spent by most chains on either expansion or improvements to their existing venues.

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July £50k Prize Draw At Gala Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Jul. 18th 2014 7:37 AM

The weather’s heating up and so are some of the promotions around the online bingo world this week. How do you fancy earning a share of £50,000 this July courtesy of Gala Bingo? All you have to do is play to get your entry into the prize draw and you could be one of more than 2,000 winners to collect a share of £50,000!

To qualify you’ll need to gain entry between now and 27th July. You can do this by playing in the Metropolis room and as there are no limits on entries, the more you play the more chance you have of winning a share of the £50,000 from Gala Bingo.

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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.