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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 Want You To Take A Leap

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Feb. 6th 2016 7:27 AM

It doesn’t matter what you relationship status, February is known as the most romantic month of the year. Even more so this year because it is a Leap Year and the expectation is that the ladies to the proposing. At Tidy Bingo though, where other brands are going all hearts and flowers with their February promotions, Tidy are thinking out side of the box.

The prize in their exclusive promotion for February involves a different kind of leap, and it’s unlikely many people would be accepting. Tidy Bingo are looking to appeal to the adrenalin junkies rather than the hopeless romantics!For the player who tops their leaderboard this month the prize that will be winging its way to them is a £100 Red Letter Day voucher. This might not cover the cost of a skydive, but that is what Tidy had in mind when creating the promotion apparently!

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Welcome Bingo Opens With £10 Free Offer

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Feb. 4th 2016 7:41 AM

When new bingo brands launch on the Internet it’s quite a rarity nowadays to see a no deposit required free play bonus offered, unless of course it’s a Cozy Games brand. We were surprised to find a new Dragonfish site has launched offering £10 free play but the ‘unusual’ bonus offers don’t stop with the no deposit offer.

T&C’s apply – New players only. Bonus is given when account is validated through the link in email.

There’s cash match offers available at Welcome Bingo but unlike other brands who don’t give up the option, you basically get what you’re given, this site gives you a choice of codes to use at the point of deposit.

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Have A Cosy Night In With Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Feb. 2nd 2016 7:31 AM

Unless you have been out of the country for quite a while, you can’t have failed to notice how appalling the British weather is. Long gone is the warmth that we felt earlier in the month. The rain and cold certainly seems to be here to stay and that means more cosy nights in front of the TV. Film Bingo have a great prize up for grabs this month, a prize to enhance the dark, wet nights spent indoors.

The prize for the Cosy Night In with Film Bingo has many parts to it. The first part is a Blu-Ray player, one that you can play all your favourite films on for when the TV schedule is a bit boring or repetitive. As well as that, they are also going to provide the winner with a couple of films to watch!

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Slots Giveaway At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Feb. 1st 2016 7:16 AM

If you prefer slots to bingo than you are in for a treat this month thanks to Mecca Bingo. They have lined up a massive giveaway with 60,000 prizes totaling a whopping £1 million being given away before the end of February. To be in with a chance of winning a share, all you need to do is log into your account, play the featured slots games and earn your prize draw entries, and you can do this online or via your mobile device thanks to their dedicated apps.

The Slots Giveaway is made up of a series of prize draws, with two taking place each week during February. To guaranteed your name is included, simply play the featured slots games, but they do change every few days so make sure check to make sure you are playing the current ones.

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Back To Back Everyone Wins At Iceland Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jan. 30th 2016 7:24 AM

On 16th January we reported to our readers that the Jumbo Jackpot £200,000 game is coming back on 27th February 2016. The game will play at 8pm at a variety of brands online and is to be an Everyone Wins game. One of the brands getting involved in this pooled jackpot game is Iceland Bingo but over two days, they are hosting not one but TWO Everyone Wins games.

Before the big £200,000 game on 27th,the site is hosting a more intimate Everyone Wins game on 26th February at 9pm. It’s more intimate because only the sister sites of Iceland Bingo are to be involved, and that’s why the jackpot is smaller at just £20,000.

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Free Spins On Jackpot Giant At Gala Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jan. 28th 2016 7:52 AM

As a bingo player, the chances are that you love a few spins on your favourite slots at the site that you frequent. Well, Gala Bingo are offering their slot loving players the chance to win up to 50 free spins on a progressive slot that has a pretty impressive jackpot to offer.

The slot in question is Jackpot Giant, and at the time of writing this article, the progressive jackpot on offer was at nearly £140,000 at Gala Bingo. All you have to do to earn your free spins is opt in to the promotion and then spin the reels of this game. Each spin could land you the jackpot, and will be working towards earning you the free spins.

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January Millions With Sky Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jan. 26th 2016 7:00 AM

If you’re an avid online bingo player, you’ll know the moment we mention an Escalator jackpot what it is. If you’ve not heard the expression before, then we’ll explain but first, you’ll need to know that Sky Bingo will have given away £1 million on these types of jackpots in January alone!

An Escalator jackpot is not, as the name might suggest, one that increases with each ticket sold (that’s a progressive). It’s a jackpot that can be won by calling bingo in a certain number of calls but the number of calls ‘escalates’ over a certain period of time. Sky Bingo are hosting these types of jackpots in two rooms, Sky Anytime and Deal Or No Deal 90 Room this month.

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Let’s Go Retro At Chit Chat Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jan. 25th 2016 7:27 AM

They say everything was better back in the old days, and it appears that Chit Chat Bingo agrees with them. Last Friday saw the launch of their brand new ‘Let’s Go Retro’ promotion. Over the space of the next two weeks, not only do you have the chance to win some really cool retro themed prizes, but also a pocket full of cash. All you have to do to take part is log in and play any of their fun packed slots or instant games.

With the exclusion of bingo, each time you play and win on any of Chit Chat Bingo’s games, you will earn yourself one tournament point. If you fancy boosting your chances of winning, you should focus on their Video Pokers games as each win on Deuces Wild, Fool’s Wild Poker, Jacks of Better or Super Prize Poker will see you picking up a whopping seven points instead!

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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.